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Little League, Big Cost? Take our Poll: Are Kids Getting Priced Out of Baseball and Softball?

A NY Times article explores the era of the $250 baseball bat

Have you bought a baseball glove for your Little Leaguer lately? Did you pay more than $100 for it?

How about a $250 bat?

New York Times story headlined "Big Price Tags Attached to Even the Littlest Leagues," looks at the big business of equipping youngsters for participation in youth baseball and softball leagues, quoting those costs and more.

"A batting helmet protects tiny heads for $39.99," the Times reports. "A pair of Nike Jordan Black Cat cleats will make your child fast and fashionable at $51.99 until he or she outgrows them."

So what do you think? Has the cost of bats and gloves taken our kids too far from the simpler days of sandlot and playground ballgames? Or have you had better luck finding more modestly-priced equipment for them?

Dublin is a very proud sports community. Patch wants to hear your thoughts. Take our poll and Patch us your comments in the comments section below.

Jennifer Gonzalez April 24, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I have twins and I pay double everything it gets very hard to keep them active without spending so much money..
Ramon April 26, 2012 at 01:45 PM
You don't have to spend that much money, especially for children 10 and under. You can still pick up a glove for $20, cleats for $20 and a bat for $20 all at Big 5. And that's what you need minimally. To fully equip a player with bat, glove, helmet, bag, cleats, batting gloves you can still pay less than $100, especially if you buy some of it used off of Craigslist or Play it Again sports.

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