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Should the college baseball season start later?

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  • Should the college baseball season start later?

    While this article is three years old, it does point out some of the disadvantages that Northern and Midwest programs face. The only thing I would tweak is the start of the season. Instead of late April or early May like Randy Mazey proposes, I would start the season in late March.

    http://triblive.com/sports/college/w...l-season-mazey

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    Rice University, a school that I follow, starts each year on or about Valentine's Day. Conditions in the first weeks of the college season are often frigid and almost always far from ideal. A later start would be good, but now every school plays a lot of non-conference games as well as conference games. It makes how to fit all those games into the schedule if the season started two weeks later around March 1st a near-impossibility. Colleges would have to give up a few games per year in order to make I work and that's probably a No Go.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by philliesfiend55 View Post
      Rice University, a school that I follow, starts each year on or about Valentine's Day. Conditions in the first weeks of the college season are often frigid and almost always far from ideal. A later start would be good, but now every school plays a lot of non-conference games as well as conference games. It makes how to fit all those games into the schedule if the season started two weeks later around March 1st a near-impossibility. Colleges would have to give up a few games per year in order to make I work and that's probably a No Go.
      Colleges from the warmer locales stand the most to lose under a later start date scenario. They do not have to worry about having their home games snowed out or cancelled due to temperatures being in the teens like the Midwest and Northern schools do. Nor do they have to schedule a 20 game road trip to start a season like Minnesota did in 2017.

      The topic of a later start date has always been a contentious issue between conferences like the Big 10 and SEC. Minnesota coach John Anderson went as far as to suggest having the Big 10 start their season in the late summer and hold their championship in the fall. Ideally, you would like all colleges, regardless of location, to share equal footing, but it is not possible under the current model, IMO.

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      • #4
        There is no reason to start later. Northern schools' indoor practice facilities need to get better and more fields need to be turfed. As this happens, the warmer climate schools begin to lose their advantage.

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        • #5
          Start in late March? The season is six weeks old by the end of March. It’s almost half the season. D1 programs in cold weather who are serious about baseball typically have great indoor facilities. Then they travel the first four weekends until mid March. One year it was too cold to get outside before opening the season in CA. My son felt he misplayed a liner in the gap from lack of outfield practice outdoors. But it wasn’t the end of the world.

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          • #6
            Yes. They need to start the season later. And play fewer games. Not likely for either of those things to happen.
            Mike Hopper
            Former Gateway Grizzlies Intern

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            • #7
              They need to start the season later and play many MORE games, 80-100 as opposed to the 60 they regularly play now.

              Northern teams should begin indoor practice on March 15, scheduled games on April 1, play a “spring season” of about 30 games ending on Memorial Day, then play a summer season of 60 games from June 1-August 15, culminating with the College World Series final on Labor Day.

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              • #8
                The regular season now goes to the first of June, and then the CWS ends at the end of June. Most colleges' summer schools are nearing the end of their first session. A lot of the athletes take minimal classes during the semester of their regular season. For baseball, it is the spring semester. In order to stay eligible, they need both summer sessions to maintain their hourly minimums.

                To move the baseball season into the second summer session, many players would have to take a full course load during the spring semester, and they miss more days in class than any other sport.

                The season needs to stay where it is. Teams from the north can play their non-conference road games at the beginning of the season and then play their non-conference home games in April and May. The Twins, Red Sox, Indians, Tigers, and others play in April.

                I was at a Vanderbilt baseball game in February that was as cold as any AFC Playoff game I have attended at LP Field. There were about 4,000 fans at the game, and the concessions ran out of coffee.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by StarStar00 View Post
                  They need to start the season later and play many MORE games, 80-100 as opposed to the 60 they regularly play now.

                  Northern teams should begin indoor practice on March 15, scheduled games on April 1, play a “spring season” of about 30 games ending on Memorial Day, then play a summer season of 60 games from June 1-August 15, culminating with the College World Series final on Labor Day.
                  The MLB draft is in June. Short season stsrts a couple of weeks later. The CWS needs to be over by the end of June. Younger college players play wood bat in the summer to draw pro interest. Almost all college baseball programs lose money. They aren't going to house players for the summer. So a college player would play the CWS over Labor Day after transferring to another school and starting classes in late August? Next really bad idea please!

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                  • #10
                    Get rid of college baseball altogether.

                    If you have any serious intention to play MLB, you need to play 100+ games per summer, every summer, from ages 14-24.

                    Otherwise play slow pitch softball.
                    Last edited by StarStar00; 06-08-2018, 01:40 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by StarStar00 View Post
                      Get rid of college baseball altogether.

                      If you have any serious intention to play MLB, you need to play 100+ games per summer, every summer, from ages 14-24.

                      Otherwise play slow pitch softball.
                      Horse poop!

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