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This is what makes baseball such a beautiful game. Although there may be a language barrier between the players and its fans, the language of the game is the same no matter where it is played. A common ground can always be found through the game of baseball. The fact that baseball is a common denominator amongst a multitude of countries is a good thing to say the least.

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This globalization has not only acted as a platform to improve the quality of Major League Baseball, but clearly its has acted as a stage to ease political tension and relations. Home About. If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here.

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But as the popularity of baseball-themed vacations continue, the possibility of Hawaii in October may become another unique experience for fans. The HWB does have a renewed international interest going for it, as well as television deals that will broadcast games both in Japan and the continental United States to create new interest in the fledging league as something more than a place to gather more stats on young prospects. The HWB also returns to life as player development in baseball is reaching a crossroads. As interest in and visibility of the minor leagues have increased, so has the clamor for developing young superstars by fans.

Meanwhile, as major league expenses particularly salaries have increased exponentially, owners have looked for ways to cut costs with the minors and make player development more efficient.

A big discussion point leading up to the new deal has been changes in the player development system. Everything from the date of the first-year player draft, the elimination of compensatory picks lost and gained during free agency and the elimination of some of the lower minor leagues have been talked about. While MLB clubs may look to tone down spending in certain areas of player development, the HWB may represent a more efficient way of spending money compared to the other winter alternatives in the Latin American leagues by both the direct interaction of the HWB with clubs, and the lessening of culture shock for all the players involved.

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The players will have all the comforts of home in the way of food, communication and compatible access via mobile phones and the internet. Players and coaches will not have to miss their favorite television shows, too! But not all the differences are in the creature comforts. While the quality of life and possibility of danger in Latin countries may have changed in 15 years since that incident, the efficiency of sending American players to Latin American countries has been a quiet point of discussion for years.

While the same cultural benefits of mixing players from U. The HWB is also overseen by people involved in major league baseball. It basically has become the same thing that the Hawaiian Winter league is, which is another league for young guys, A-Ball and Double-A players. With rosters announced, the league starts Sunday, October 1st.

And whether or not this incarnation of the league matches the original in its groundbreaking cultural mixing or in lasting effect on the major leagues, it will surely remain one of the most memorable experiences for the young players who play in it and the lucky fans who will get to enjoy it.


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