Why? Why must Major League Baseball have their amateur draft in the middle of the most important part of the college baseball season? Just as team’s are trying to secure bids to Omaha MLB steps in to run interference with a huge distraction for players, teams, coaches and fans.
It just isn’t right. Would it kill MLB to wait three more weeks until after the College World Series? I understand that there are plenty of high school and college players that are done with their seasons and are available and ready but for the sake of those players and programs still in action, the Big League should wait until the last out in Omaha before making its picks.
I don’t think the three extra weeks will hinder the other draftees development too much. Certainly not as much as doing it now hinders programs still trying to compete for a national championship.
Could you imagine if the NBA draft was held during the Sweet 16? Or the NFL draft in the middle of the bowl season? It would be ludicrous. It is just as illogical to draft college baseball players during their season.
It is wrong on a lot of levels. Obviously it distracts the players and the team’s still playing. Kyle Parker is a great kid and I have no doubt he will be 100 percent committed to helping Clemson win its Super Regional this weekend. However, there is no way he won’t be distracted over the next week with the constant questions about when and if he will sign. That is only human.
Oh, and for those Clemson fans wondering if Parker will be back? Well, listen to the comments below and judge for yourself. I say he’s gone.
Kyle Parker talks about going #26 to the Rockies
The only real question in my mind is can Parker avoid the natural distraction that comes with being a first round pick and play at a high level when his current team, the Clemson Tigers, needs him the most. It isn’t as easy as you think. Remeber some of the struggles former Clemson greats Khalil Green and Kris Benson had in Omaha after they were drafted in the middle of the college postseason?
USC baseball coach Ray Tanner and his staff will also be spending the next few days not only preparing for Coastal Carolina this weekend, but tracking which current and incoming players are selected over the next few days.
Ray Tanner discusses MLB draft
I was in Atlanta covering a Georgia Tech regional a few years ago and I asked someone close to the Yellow Jackets program why in the heck the Yellow Jackets never win more in the postseason. This is a program that has put out players like Nomar Garciaparra, Kevin Brown, Mark Teixeira, Jason Varitek and Matt Wieters (Goose Creek native), just to name a few. The response I got: “Once these guys get drafted they don’t really care anymore. They start worrying about the signing bonus and the pros and the college game is secondary.”
Do I think every player that is drafted tanks it the rest of the college season? No. Do I think that every player drafted is distracted from said college season? Yes. Absolutely. I think it has cost teams like Georgia Tech, Florida State and maybe even Clemson potential national titles.
Another reason why it makes no sense and, really is hypocritical to draft college kids during the season is the fact these are still amateur athletes. That means they cannot hire agents without losing their eligibility. For years the NCAA has looked the other way as players used “advisors” to help them through the draft process. “Advisors” like Scott Boras would allegedly help draftees navigate the negotiation process but were forbidden to discuss money or directly negotiate with teams.
If college basketball players or football players even talk to an agent they are deemed ineligible and often the entire team is penalized. Typical NCAA hypocrisy.
The NCAA this year decided it would crack down on this practice. The process is still a joke. Now these kids and their parents are supposed to negotiate with team’s on their own?
The entire setup is a joke. It lacks every level of common sense. The NCAA should get with Major League Baseball and fix it.
It won’t happen though. The NCAA is too worried about the money grab and exploitation of its athletes to actually put any though into protecting them and the institutions for which they play.