AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Perhaps the debate will never end over whether today’s high school baseball teams are better than those from previous generations. Valencia High coach Jared Snyder, who starred at Saugus in the late 1980s, would love to stand up for today’s players, but he grudgingly acknowledges that local teams during his era probably were better. “I’d have to say the kids today are physically stronger than we were back then, but the dedication and desire factor is the biggest difference,” Snyder said. “In the old days, guys would go to the batting cages or hit live pitching every day of the week. I think there are certain players like that today, but not as many on an overall basis.” Snyder notes that the Santa Clarita Valley had only three schools back then – Hart, Saugus and Canyon – so the competition to make varsity rosters was more heated. “I can remember some Canyon and Hart teams back then when you looked at the lineup and just said, ‘Wow,’” he said. “The teams were just so much deeper into the batting order in the ’80s.” Snyder can empathize with coaches who were forced to cut more players because there was no JV baseball – just varsity and frosh/soph. “Imagine what it was like to tell a kid who had played baseball all his life that there’s no spot on the roster for him,” Snyder said. “There’s less cutting now, and that allows more kids to blossom.” Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 [email protected]
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