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Former baseball stars now shining at other schools

September 29, 2011

By Roman Verzub

Cleveland State athletics' sudden cancellation of the baseball program has left former players shocked and angry.

CSU announced the cancellation of the baseball program after the 2011 season, but will continue to grant scholarships.

But for some former players, the scholarships aren't enough. A number of students have decided to transfer schools entirely to play the game they love.

One such student is former Viking senior Tyler Wynn.

"I was crushed," Wynn said, when asked how he felt about the program's cancellation. "Nobody saw it coming. There was so much talk about an on campus field, and with all the construction going on we didn't know money was a huge issue. Especially with the talk of a possible football team."

Wynn has been an avid baseball player for quite some time and hopes to pursue it after college.

"I've played baseball my entire life," Wynn said. "My dream, like many others, is to one day play professionally."

For Wynn, a physical therapy major graduating with a bachelor's degree in science this year, the love of the game was important enough that it warranted the transfer.

Now however, Wynn, who has a 3.4 GPA and who has made the dean's list numerous times in the past plays for Bowling Green State University, who had offered him an equal scholarship, and being a Mid-American Conference school, Wynn said it offered him the opportunity to "play at the next level."

It wasn’t just the announcement, but also its timing. "They told us [that the program was ending] with two weeks left in the season," he said. "This was not enough time for many of us to pursue other interests."

Wynn is not alone, Alex Johnson now attends Miami University of Ohio where he too is
playing for their baseball team.

Johnson, a public relations major was also noticably unhappy about the cancellation.

"I was upset," he said, "mostly because these guys were and are by best friends."

The timing of the announcement only further angered him.

"It was spur of the moment with two weeks left [in the season]," he said, and this left his former teammates "stranded."

His main motivation for switching was his desire to keep playing.

"I still wanted to play baseball," he said, "so I left."

Johnson elaborated on his love of the game, saying that baseball had been a part of his life for as long as he can remember and now this former Viking, a senior studying public administration, and who had a 2.9 GPA will be playing for Miami's team.