Louis Coleman talks the impact of coronavirus on baseball

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Former LSU and MLB pitcher Louis Coleman joins Matt in his weekly spot. What are baseball players to do with all the free time on their hands? The MLB has announced that the season will not start in until at least the middle of May. What effect does this have on the players?

“It’s gotta play with your mind a little bit. Those guys have been getting ready since November, December,” Coleman said. “Those guys have to now dial it down before they have to be ready to go again.”

When they start the season again, do they attempt to play 162 games?

“In order to play 162 they play 180 days. To play 180 days it’s going to go into November, December,” Coleman said. “Then what do you do for next season? Just turn around and go as scheduled?”

On to college baseball. The NCAA canceled the College World Series last week. What did Coleman think of the decision?

“I thought it was a little premature,” Coleman said. “Why can’t we just put it on hold for a month? In a month when we get closer take a look at where we are and go from there.”

Eligibility is a huge talking point now for players in college. The NCAA announced last week that they are working on awarding an extra year to players in spring sports who saw their seasons end early. What impact could an extra year have on these players?

“Personally, I would stay at LSU as long as I could. I loved it. It changed my life,” Coleman said. “Some guys were projected 1st round picks coming into this year, and might try the draft. I can understand it. You might not want to put it off, and be viewed as a 5th year senior.”

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