Our latest guest on The Base Path Podcast is one of the most influential people on the New England baseball scene over the last 30 years. Steve August is a former Red Sox assistant general manager, and also the founder of the New England Ruffnecks travel ball program. Along with his business partner Stu Porter, August also funded the construction of the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass.
August shared his thoughts on the problems with the rise of travel ball programs across the country.
“No. 1, it’s turned into an industry and a money grab,” August said. “I think there are a number of red flags out there for the consumer — parents and kids. It’s terribly watered down, and it’s veered away from teaching baseball.”
August feels that most travel programs have deemphasized development in pursuit of getting players looks from college recruiters at showcase events.