Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that it's moving up its First Year Player Draft to June 9 -- a date that will conflict with college baseball's super regionals.
The draft will last three days. So Day 2 of the 2016 draft will overlap with Day 1 of super regionals (Friday, June 10). And Day 3 of the draft will overlap with Day 2 of super regionals (Saturday, June 11).
That means players will almost certainly be on the field playing in a pivotal super regional game when they're drafted.
In recent years, the draft didin't normally conflict with super regional dates.
The timing of MLB's draft and college baseball's postseason continues to be a pain point for coaches and players.
LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri has been lobbying to get rid of the overlap between the draft and the climax of the college baseball season, something his counterparts in football and basketball don’t have to contend with.
“If Les Miles and Nick Saban, Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino had to deal with having the pro draft while their teams were striving to win a national championship, how long do you think that would happen?” Mainieri asked this past season. “It’s not even a conceivable thought, is it?”
July 1 would be an ideal date for the draft, Mainieri has maintained.
Players have until July 15 to decide whether to sign or return to school, so their decision-making window would shrink if the draft were pushed back.