Friday, May 15, 2009

Crossing Out the Crossovers?

Tim Giel

A talented all-around athlete from Pittsburgh is coming to Columbia to play baseball next season.

He's Tim Giel, and he was also heavily recruited to play football by some of the Ivies and other mid-major schools.

Up until a few years ago, it was not uncommon to see a few Columbia athletes who played both football and varsity baseball, but that era seems to be gone for now.

I would say the biggest reason is the introduction of spring practice, which didn't exist for Ivy football before the mid 1990's. Spring practice always conflicts with the heart of the Ivy baseball regular season.

In any case, congratulations to the baseball team for snagging such a great-looking pitcher.


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