Playing in the major leagues is a dream for many athletes as they work their whole lives to hopefully go pro one day. Their opportunity begins when they start playing at the collegiate level. This is the time for players to shine and show their talent in hope of their dreams finally coming true and going pro.
Players who are asked to go pro have a difficult choice ahead of them, either finish college or leave their college career behind and on to the major league. The Washington Nationals’ players know the tough choice that college students face when deciding to finish school or going pro. The Washington Nationals are a rare team; many of their players have graduated from four-year colleges, which is not common for most players.
A Fox Sports survey last season found that only 39 major leaguers, or 4.3 percent, graduated from four-year universities. Many do not graduate college or even go to college because they are drafted either before or during their college career.
Baseball is in season now, and it is time again for scouts to find the next big major league player. Many players at St. Bonaventure are beginning the season and hoping that they might get drafted.
Nicholas Lohrer, a senior sociology major at Bonaventure, wishes he had the opportunity that some of his fellow teammates still have.
“Being a senior and having the time pass already,” he said. He wishes that he had the opportunity to be drafted and go pro.
“If I had the opportunity to go pro and not finish college, I would, ” Lohrer said. “You never know when you could get hurt or when someone else might get hurt and you could potentially move you in the rakings and take their position.”
Many players who do decide to go pro rarely go back to college and finish their degrees.
“Depending on how long I stay pro would determine if I would go back to school,” Lohrer said. “If I got drafted and it didn’t work out and two or three years passed, then yes I would go back to school.”