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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Navy denies Red Sox prospect’s request to delay service time so he could play baseball

The Boston Red Sox may lose one of their most promising young pitchers for the next two seasons. Prospect Noah Song attempted to obtain a waiver that would allow him to delay his military service time so he could pursue a career in baseball. The Navy denied that request, according to Bill Wagner of the Capital Gazette.

If that ruling holds, the 22-year-old Song will spend the next two years in active service. Song is planning to report to flight school in Pensacola and will not be able to re-apply for a waiver until those two years are up.

Song had hoped to delay that service after President Donald Trump pushed the Department of Defense to create new guidelines that would allow athletes at military academies to play professionally after they graduate.

Trump argued that athletes only have a limited amount of time “during which playing professional sports is realistically possible.” Under the new guidelines, military athletes would either have to eventually fulfill their active service obligations in the future, or pay back the cost of their education, according to the Gazette.

 

QLE Posted: December 18, 2019 at 02:08 AM | 55 comment(s)
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