The mayor of Manila all but begs David Eckstein to come to The Philippines and help revive baseball:
“Baseball is once a popular sport here and we have a number of baseball stadiums before. But its popularity continue to wane because of basketball,” said Lim. Lim said sports leaders and other sponsors should channel some their resources in discovering more baseball talents since Filipinos have pretty good chances of excelling in the sport which does not need very tall players.
“It’s an exciting sport since height is not a big factor and sluggers are interesting to watch. American stars used to come here in Manila.”
That last part is true. Gleeman would probably remember this better than me, but someone at the SABR convention a couple of years ago gave a great presentation on baseball leagues in the Philippines during the early part of the 20th century, and about how U.S. players used to come through in the offseason to barnstorm. It was pretty cool.
As would be another large-population country that goes baseball crazy. More people playing means more talent which means better baseball. Go Mayor Lim.