Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports profiles the Urban Youth Academy established by Major League Baseball in Compton, California.
It's generally a well-written piece except for a few passages.
Passan describes Compton as "hardscrabble." While the city is not wealthy (median family income was around $35,000 in the last Census), Compton is not as much destitute as it is has problems with crime, poor schools, and a city government that is often ethically challenged.
I think this sentence: "Baseball's history in Los Angeles is as big as its current state is bleak." could have been phrased a bit better. The Los Angeles area is producing a lot of great baseball talent. After all, it has a lot of people and has good facilities. It's just that few of those facilities are in Compton or South Los Angeles. In the suburban areas of Los Angeles, baseball is still quite popular.
I wonder what will happen to this academy as time goes on and the area, like much of Metropolitan Los Angeles, becomes increasingly Latino. Will there be the same commitment made to it then?