This week, Major League Baseball once again broadcasted its annual Snooze-Fest Telethon on its very own network. Bud Selig prefers to call it the “First Year Player Draft,” but either title would be fitting. Unlike the NFL and NBA, MLB’s draft goes fairly unnoticed year in and year out. Even many of the most diehard MLB fans don’t know much about the players available and probably don’t care. Many of the few who do know the Garrit Coles or Anthony Rendons of the world only know what they read on Baseball America the day of the draft.
Baseball’s draft will always have its disadvantages compared to the NFL and their hugely successful marketing machine. While football fans tune in to the draft to see who could be in next year’s starting lineup, baseball’s minor league system makes it so that virtually all draft picks end up spending a few years on the farm before making it to The Show. Marketing obstacles like this would be impossible to get around but that doesn’t mean the MLB draft needs to remain nothing more than a footnote of every baseball season.
Here are a few suggestions, some of which may soon be on the horizon, which could help make the MLB Draft a significant event on every fan’s calendar: