In a bit of surprising news a week ago Friday, Bowling Green State University has cancelled its baseball program, effective immediately. They’re the first college to permanently shutter baseball in the wake of COVID-19, but probably won’t be the last. While it seems a bit anecdotal, and without much Cubs reference, it’s not good.
Of the MLB players from BGSU, none played with the Cubs. However, most fans that mind the game beyond the Cubs should be familiar with Nolan Reimold, Roger McDowell and/or Orel Hershiser. All played at BGSU. Not a powerhouse by any stretch, they won the Mid-American Conference title eight times. This boils to fewer opportunities for fewer players to get enough at-bats or innings over a three- or four-year period.
In addition to BGSU’s bad news, Chicago State might be axing baseball, and Furman already has. Baseball costs just enough to run a program that it tends to get considered more than money-making sports like football and basketball.
That’s the informative portion of the article. Is the loss of baseball programs unfortunate enough to make any difference? If it seems a bad thing, is there anything we can do to slow the tide? What’s the…