Former Major Leaguer Troy O'Leary is developing a reality show called "Play Big or Go Home":
The concept starts with baseball players preferably aged 18-22 sending O'Leary videos of them in action. O'Leary will evaluate them and select 15 players from the East, Midwest, and West regions. When he's whittled them down, that's when the judging and voting begins . . . The final 15 players - five from each region - will come together on a field in Arizona for the final competition. There will be judging, just as there is on "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars," as well as Internet and text voting. O'Leary and his associates are hoping the series will run 12-16 episodes per year . . .
. . . O'Leary said he's not interested in the thirtysomething player who's trying to get back into baseball or make it for the first time. What he wants is a young player who has slipped through the cracks of major league scouting.
Color me dubious. There are hundreds of scouts combing the country all year long, and you can bet anyone they miss who's worth a damn has a coach or parent or someone sending video along to grab someone's attention. If even then they remain unseen and unknown, they proceed on to a college team and either produce -- at which point they have another shot to get noticed -- or don't, which justifies being their being overlooked in the first place.
Good luck to O'Leary, but the idea that there's some worthy young prospect out there hitting home runs in a corn field and escaping the notice of the scouts is pretty hard to fathom.