An analysis of the backgrounds of professional baseball players

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Randall, Jeff
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School of Physical Education
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The purpose of this study was to analyze the backgrounds of current professional baseball players to see if there is an advantage to a player by entering the professional ranks from high school, junior college, or a four-year university. Subjects included 7,859 drafted baseball players from the years 1990 thru 1994 and 1,447 major league players from the major league rosters in 1998. Players were categorized into what educational level each entered professional baseball, what round they were drafted, and how many years they spent in the minor leagues. Percentages were used to find the most common background in professional baseball and to compare the two sets of data to see if the information was consistent. The results found that the majority of the players entering the minor leagues and those playing at the major league levels played at a four-year university. Players will now be able to analyze their own situation and background to determine when will be the best time for them to enter professional baseball.