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Are the NCAA and MLB Draft Systems Pushing Top Athletes Away from Baseball?

Last year, the MLB draft featured a terrific assortment of high school and college players who have prepared for years just for the chance to be selected for the opportunity to live out their dreams and make their mark on the sport of baseball.

However, with the new rules in place for both MLB and college baseball, are the best players being turned away?

CBSSports.com blogger Bryan Fischer recently reported that the NCAA and MLB have been conducting ongoing discussions in order to broaden their relationship and attract more players to the college level.

The discussions have included several different possibilities, including increasing the number of scholarships given to schools for baseball and other measures that would align various events to better serve both the NCAA and MLB.

In 1991, the NCAA voted to reduce the number of scholarships given to its institutions for baseball, from 13 to 11.7, a 10 percent reduction.

Many of the NCAA's institutions aren't even able to offer that many scholarships due to budgetary constraints, and there is a huge disparity in the amount of scholarships offered by colleges for football and baseball. NCAA schools have the ability to offer up to 85 scholarships for football.

The NCAA and MLB are continuing their talks, and the end result of those discussions will be presented to the NCAA board in August.

If MLB and the NCAA are both serious in attracting the best talent to the sport of baseball, here are some ideas that should be strongly considered.

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