No, I feel that it creates meaningful division within communities, and that is literally ripping apart America.
I guess I should explain.
If you look at baseball travel teams today, the vast bulk have immensely high fees, and a number of the kids who play in them are getting supplemental coaching outside that is frequently expensive. The travel team I played on as a kid had a 6-7 game season where we basically played the adjoining towns. Now, you travel to a different state to play in a tournament at a site that has 16 diamonds, a hotel on site, restaurants, etc. It is a $750 weekend for most families, and you are playing in 3-7 of these each season. In addition, travel seasons now run at the same time as rec. So most kids play one or the other.
Inherently, this closes the door on a lot of good athletes whose parents either don't have the money or the time to give. Needless to say, if you go to the average travel team tournament, most of the kids are white, and the parents are generally - at minimum - moderately affluent.
And here is where shit breaks down. Because of that overlap in seasons, and because of the perception of prestige, good-but-not-yet-great athletes end up not playing baseball. And while this is bad for baseball, it is even worse for society. It is hard as shit to meet other adults in a social setting. Adults meet each other and get out of their echo chamber through work, but mainly through their kids' activities (also, swinging sites, but let's table that. We get it cheekydave, you get weird). And for better or for worse, you learn about people, expand your horizons and get reasonable insights while sitting on the sidelines in a stupid folding chair while drinking something you wish was alcohol.
Rec baseball (and softball) was a pillar of communities. I believe this with all my heart. By eroding and creating a class gap that removed a ton of white folks from rec baseball, travel ball has helped take a divide that has always been there in American society and increased it a thousand fold. We bowl alone, but we also now sit on the sidelines in spring and summer only with people who live in our own echo chamber. It's fucking horrible.