Sometimes the most complex issues can be started to be solved by the simplest of actions; at the grassroots. That’s why as so many opine what will happen to baseball; too slow, not connected to the new immigrant, lack of African-American players, season too long, this weekend’s “Play Ball” program, staged across the country and part of the bigger “Play Ball” initiative by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, can help build or rebuild the younger fan base with the simplest of programs. It’s not about travel teams and endless Little League seasons. Heck it’s not even about winning or losing; it’s about getting young people, and their parents, connected in a casual way to any part of the game, and it makes a great deal of sense for a game that is hard enough to play once you get beyond the age of 10 or 11.

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