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A NY Times article explores the era of the $250 baseball bat

Have you bought a baseball glove for your Little Leaguer lately? Did you pay more than $100 for it?

How about a $250 bat?

New York Times story headlined "Big Price Tags Attached to Even the Littlest Leagues," looks at the big business of equipping youngsters for participation in youth baseball and softball leagues, quoting those costs and more.

"A batting helmet protects tiny heads for $39.99," the Times reports. "A pair of Nike Jordan Black Cat cleats will make your child fast and fashionable at $51.99 until he or she outgrows them."

What do you think? Has the cost of bats and gloves taken our kids too far from the simpler days of sandlot and playground ballgames?

Or have you had better luck finding more modestly-priced equipment for them?

ryan k Jones April 25, 2012 at 02:32 PM
As kids get into the 7th and 8th grades, they are turning more towards lacrosse or soccer. Some towns are finding it more difficult to field teams and are combining leagues. The sport is still affordable in the carribean, and that is why so many players in the pros are from latin american countries.
bob migliaccio April 25, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I think parents have plenty of cheaper options for equipment but they fall to the pressure of getting the better bat or glove. Remember an expensive glove will not make your child catch better and bat does not help your child hit. Be the parent and say NO!
Bryan April 25, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Not too mention that little league forgot that it was ment to teach kids the basics & keep it fun for them. After 9 years old old they make it out to be a launching pad.for the pro league playing kids on travel leagues & scouting kids when they are in the minor leagues ! Your Latin country player don't have travel leagues & $250 bats! But here if you don't play on a travel league a high school team wont even look at the kid!

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