It's a generational thing, the NBA and basketball used to be pretty mediocre until Larry Bird and Magic came around and suddenly passing was cool.
I occassionally go to a high school games out here in California, and let me tell you, these kids are solid on the fundamentals. Way more than when I was at that level. Nearly all the good young teens now go to these baseball academies in the summer and they're even creating private little leagues where the best players come and compete, and they are producing virtual clones of todays stars. The whole point of these academies and leagues is to produce Major league players. You can't even get into some until you're already good. And the quality of coaching these kids is get is way above the level I was as a kid. A lot of them played in the show.
You can watch a game and pick out the Jeters, The A-Rods, the Pujols, the Ichiros, etc. These kids are being taught to model the guys that play hard. If you see a Manny clone, it's just his swing. Dogging it at this level well get you on the pine quick. The coaches are like Generals and the kids do what they're told. It's almost scary. It's like the Stepford wives but with cleats. But the kids are really good. some of these high schools in the burbs, every kid they start will probably at least be a Division 1 player.