Baseball has a city problem. Enthusiasm for the national pastime is thriving at the professional level: this Opening Day, Nationals Park and stadiums around the country will be sold out as the 2015 season gets under way. But some worry about a historic decline of youth baseball in urban communities. Kojo examines the health of local amateur baseball leagues, and the transformative role coaches and mentors can play in the lives of young people.


  • Lauren McCoy Head Softball Coach, Howard University
  • Tal Alter Executive Director, Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy
  • Paris Inman Former District Administrator, D.C. Little Leagues

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