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Why is California Such a Hotbed for Baseball?
- Updated: March 20, 2020
Baseball fans around the world know that California is a hotbed for talent. What is it about the “Golden State” that creates these incredible athletes? If you look into the details of this region, you can draw a clear picture of why California will continue to produce top tier baseball talent.
Known for its year round sunshine and mild winters, California is simply a paradise for outdoor sports. Baseball is traditionally a sport that needs many outdoor months per year to thrive. Batting cages and gymnasium based practices only go so far. To enjoy baseball you need to be outdoors breathing in the fresh air with the sun overhead.
High School Culture
High Schools in California are renowned for their dedication to sports. Whether it’s wrestling, baseball, football or anything else, some of the best teams in the country come from California.
The competitive nature runs deep for these young athletes, and oftentimes these teams are the pride of their communities. From North California down to San Diego, you can find amazing baseball teams. In a lot of ways, California is truly a sport utopia for young athletes looking to get scholarships or go pro.
History of Great Players
California has produced more MLB stars than any other state. This fact creates a growth loop for up and coming athletes as many young players have pros to idolize. Some find themselves in the same schools these players attended. Coaches and teams that these same pros went through are available to these up and coming athletes and that’s very beneficial.
Through the years and many seasons of baseball, we’ve seen incredible players come from California. Legends like Barry Bonds, Ken Caminiti, Gary Carter and plenty more grew up playing for California schools. Currently there are several pitchers from California with favorable odds to win the American League Cy Young award this year, and that’s just one position. Gerrit Cole, Shane Bieber, and Tyler Glasnow have all had an incredible year pitching in the league.
It’s baffling how sunny California High Schools have produced so many MLB stars over the years. The weather, combined with the culture for sports in California creates the perfect environment for talent to grow. If you are looking for the next generation of MLB talent, look no further than the schools in this beautiful state.