Popularity of baseball still has strong heartbeat

The status of baseball’s health varies depending on the source.

If one glances at the last report by the National Sporting Goods Association in 2013, the number of children between the ages of 7 to 17 playing in the United States stands at 5.3 million.

It’s a sign that baseball’s popularity has taken a significant hit in the last decade – 9 million were playing in 2002 – even as attendance remains strong at Major League Baseball stadiums.

Maybe the heart of baseball doesn’t beat as strongly as it once did 20 or 30 years ago, but the game isn’t on life support either.

That much was evident on a sunny and hot June morning at Navarre High School.

More than 50 boys ages 8 to 14 participated in a camp that focused on various fundamental skills, including hitting, fielding and base running.

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