Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I'd imagine that Ozzie has a bit of a point here -- there's a certain "stardom" that you can get immediately as a top basketball prospect such as a LeBron James or even an O.J. Mayo at a very early age. James was a household name at age 18 -- 99% of the American population couldn't tell you 1 player from the upcoming MLB draft pool.
You are quite right about that. However, nearly all D1-A football and basketball stars are outliers both in terms of size and athletic ability. Baseball does not have a size requirement to be a good player like both of those sports do. Take Ryan Freel or Juan Pierre for example.