LSU baseball unveils 2021 roster; Mainieri talks about upcoming season

LSU baseball unveils 2021 roster; Mainieri talks about upcoming season
LSU head coach Paul Mainieri (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU head coach Paul Mainieri has released the list of players that will make up the 2021 Tiger baseball team.

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Paul Mainieri talks about player safety

LSU baseball was just 17 games into its season back in March when the season was canceled because of the coronavirus. Now, things are having to change drastically heading into 2021 when it comes to practice, training, and monitoring players’ conditions.

Mainieri met virtually with sports journalists via Zoom on Friday, August 14. He said a half-dozen players and some staff members have dealt with COVID-19 at some time this summer.

“I’ve talked to all the ones that have had it and most of them were either asymptomatic or had little symptoms but it is not something that we are taking lightly,” said Mainieri. “Not only are we doing a lot of progressions with the way we are organizing practice and doing these other things but we are going to the extreme monitoring heartbeats and things like that while they are actively on the field.”

LSU reported due to the cancellation of the 2020 season, returning players classified as sophomores, juniors, redshirt juniors, or seniors will have the option to use an extra year of eligibility.

“I’m an educator; that’s what I grew to be. I’m the son of two educators. And you want these youngsters to get the experiences that will help them grow as people, to make them grow as citizens once they finish their college experience. The less opportunities that are out there, you feel it’s affecting society as a whole,” Mainieri added.

The team added pitchers Matthew Beck and Aaron George, both seniors in 2020, graduated and decided to exercise the extra-year option in 2021 at LSU.

The only players not eligible for the extra year are incoming junior college transfers and the incoming freshmen, according to LSU.

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