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Swedes Upset over European Academy Tryouts

While Major League Baseball has not yet released the full roster of names for the 2007 European Academy, we learn from the Swedish Baseball Blog that no Swedish players were selected this year.  We also learn that there is a fair amount of acrimony over the manner in which the tryouts were held this year.  Citing the early tryout date (mid-April) and unfavorable location (in Leksend, in the colder Northern part of Sweden), the author of the Swedish blog accuses the academy selection process of being biased towards Southern Europeans, likening tryouts in Leksend in mid-April to attempting to evaluate baseball talent in Alaska in Spring.

Having spoken at length to a representative of MLB’s efforts in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, I doubt that the bias is intentional.  At this point, MLB is investing significant resources to developing the game everywhere it sees the potential for baseball to take hold.  It does sound like there were serious problems with this particular tryout process, however.  Hopefully MLB’s European office will figure out a way to balance interests in this relatively new process to keep as many people as possible happy in the future.

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June 21, 2007 - Posted by | European Baseball

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