There has been consistent discussion about the possibility of MLB funding scholarships for baseball student-athletes, which could possibly raise baseball scholarship limits from 11.7 to a greater number. The details of this possibility appear to be a work in progress and have been described as “exploratory”. In return, MLB may have a greater say in other aspects of college baseball like the use of wooden bats and MLB teams providing coaches and instructors for the top summer leagues. On the other hand, the NCAA has to balance these wonderful additions to college baseball against the time honored traditions of amateurism, which have evolved substantially overtime. Indeed, some of the amateurism legislation allows student-athletes to accept prize money and play with professionals within certain parameters. Another discussion point will be how to balance additional baseball scholarships, equipment, and coaching that is not available to female counterparts. Title IX is a major consideration.
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