The 2018 Major League Baseball Draft got underway on Monday evening with Auburn’s Casey Mize going No. 1 overall to the Detroit Tigers. It was a special moment for the young pitcher, but Mize has other things to worry about.
His current Tigers team is still fighting for a trip to the College World Series in Omaha, after all.
The timing of the MLB draft had at least one other team’s coach a little upset. Vanderbilt’s coach Tim Corbin gave his take on the two events taking place at the same time:
With the #MLBDraft happening tonight, Vanderbilt's HC Tim Corbin shared his strong opinion on why it's NOT a good time for it to be taking place with the NCAA Tournament also happening. pic.twitter.com/PJaMvh9zu3
— Kayla Anderson (@KaylaAndersonTV) June 4, 2018
The Commodores, like many other SEC teams, are still fighting for a chance to win a national championship, just finishing the regional round last weekend and preparing for super regionals this weekend. That means that Corbin’s frustrations are warranted.
Think about it for a second.
How livid would Nick Saban be if the NFL draft took place during the College Football Playoff? It’s hard to imagine a situation where he would be even remotely OK with it.
The Alabama coach has already heavily criticized having the early signing period during the season, and that doesn’t even involve current players. The distraction of having the NFL draft during the playoff would be disastrous.
So why do they allow the MLB draft to take place during the playoffs in baseball?