A Golden State for Baseball

The 2011 baseball team at Buchanan of Clovis, which was State Team of the Year and No. 1 in the ESPN FAB 50, is featured on the cover of the new Cal-Hi Sports e-book.

The 2011 baseball team at Buchanan of Clovis, which was State Team of the Year and No. 1 in the ESPN FAB 50, is featured on the cover of the new Cal-Hi Sports e-book.

New e-book piles up the facts stating the case why California should be considered worldwide leader in baseball. COMING LATER ON MONDAY: Final 2013 state rankings.

Last week’s Major League Baseball draft was just another example of California not just being the best in the nation for baseball but probably the best in the world.

On the first day of the draft, 26 percent of all players chosen went to a California high school. That’s higher than the 22 percent who played in the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.

In last year’s World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers, you might think that California trailed places like Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. It wasn’t 22 percent, but the state’s 10 players still ranked higher than any other state or nation.

California's status as the baseball capital of the world was once again obvious in last week's MLB draft.

California’s status as the baseball capital of the world was once again obvious in last week’s MLB draft.

In our new e-book “California: The Baseball Capital of the World” compiled and written by Cal-Hi Sports, those are just a few of the examples cited that bolster the case for California’s baseball dominance. The book has debuted on all of the major e-book stores in the last two weeks, including Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. It includes some rare photos, including two from Jackie Robinson’s high school yearbook in Pasadena.

More highlights from our new e-book include:

•A rundown of the state’s 12 World Series champions since 1958 when the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants moved west.

•A look at the great tradition of minor league baseball in the state, including the Pacific Coast League and California League.

•Highlights from all 22 of the state’s NCAA championship teams, which of course dwarfs the total from any other state.

•Comments from some of the state’s all-time winningest high school coaches, including Guy Anderson from Cordova of Rancho Cordova, Sam Blalock from Rancho Bernardo of San Diego, Spud O’Neill of Lakewood and Tom Muesborn of Chatsworth.

•Selections of the state’s all-time best players (based on where they went to high school) on an all-time all-state team plus breakdowns of the best from San Diego, Orange County, the Inland Empire, L.A. City, CIF Central Section, Sacramento, SF/Peninsula and East Bay/Oakland.

If you enjoy the content on this site, you will love the new e-book. We were hoping to price it at $4.06 to match the batting average of Ted Williams in 1941, but decided instead to go for $3.99. It’s also a great way to show support for the work we’ve done for 34 years on behalf of California high school teams, players and coaches.

To buy the book on Amazon right now, please CLICK HERE.


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