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Karl Hess

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Re: Interesting. My gut feeling is that any of them that rely on players who


The college baseball coaches seem to think their proposal has minimal impact on summer leagues.

I'm not sure the summer leagues have the same opinion. Summer baseball is an important part of the history and culture of baseball in the country. So they definitely need to be very careful in how they impact it. You definitely do not want to put it out of business. It's most definitely something worth bending over backwards to preserve.

FWIW, here's what they said about summer baseball in the FAQ section if you didn't check that out. Apologies for the all caps since that's the format of the source document.

SUMMER BASEBALL: (A.) HISTORICALLY, SUMMER BASEBALL HAS PROVEN TO BE A VALUABLE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND SCOUTING TOOL, ESPECIALLY IN PREMIER
LEAGUES LIKE THE CAPE COD LEAGUE. ADJUSTING THE COLLEGE BASEBALL SEASON BY 4 WEEKS DOES NOT CANCEL SUMMER BASEBALL. 235 D1 TEAMS WILL HAVE
THEIR SEASONS COMPLETE THE LAST WEEKEND IN JUNE AND THE BEST PLAYERS FROM NON-D1 SCHOOLS, JUNIOR COLLEGE, AND ELITE HIGH SCHOOL PROSPECTS COULD
BE AVAILABLE EARLIER IN THE SUMMER. (B.) THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF COLLEGE ATHLETICS HAS CREATED THE NEED FOR THE GAME OF
COLLEGE BASEBALL TO SELF-AUDIT AND MAKE ADJUSTMENTS. ALMOST ALL SCHOOLS OPERATE AT A SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL NET LOSS BECAUSE WE START OUR SEASON IN
FEBRUARY. THE ATTENDANCE DATA AND INFLATED TRAVEL BUDGETS PROVE THAT. COLLEGE BASEBALL IS ALSO LOSING VALUABLE DEVELOPMENTAL TIME DURING ONE OF
THE PEAK WEATHER MONTHS FOR OUR SPORT. OUR STUDENT ATHLETES SHOULD BE DEVELOPING ON OUR CAMPUSES IN JUNE, ESPECIALLY WITH THE AMOUNT OF
RESOURCES MANY INSTITUTIONS HAVE INVESTED INTO OUR PROGRAMS. OUR FANS SHOULD BE WATCHING OUR STUDENT ATHLETES IN OUR STADIUMS, AND THOSE REVENUE
DOLLARS SHOULD GO TO OUR ATHLETIC DEPARTMENTS. WE NEED TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE LONG TERM HEALTH AND GROWTH OF COLLEGE BASEBALL.

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Posted: 05/22/2020 at 4:54PM



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