After news broke about a week ago that Oregon State star pitcher and apparent potential top draft pick, Luke Heimlich, was a convicted sex offender, it was reported that at least four MLB teams had taken him off their draft board completely and it appeared as if Heimlich’s draft stock was falling. But I don’t think anyone saw what happened next coming. Heimlich chose not to pitch for Oregon State in the Super Regionals this past weekend because he didn’t want to be a distraction to his team because of the recent news. And then he went undrafted in this weeks MLB draft. Wow. Total shock. Here is what people had to say about this.
I'm not going to win any popularity contests here, but someone should draft Luke Heimlich. Baseball is not a social justice arbiter.
— thestainsports (@thestainsports) June 13, 2017
I'm glad nobody has drafted the child molester, Luke Heimlich yet. He shouldn't even be draft eligible. #MLBDraft
— Cody Meadows (@SteelerfanCody) June 13, 2017
I think the timing and way you handled the release of the Luke Heimlich story was pretty irresponsible and bad journalism @johncanzanobft
— Piltorious (@Piltorious) June 14, 2017
If Luke Heimlich isn't the recovery story you want from recovery programs than you don't want a recovery.
— Ty Gretzky (@TyKRice) June 9, 2017
— Daryll W Hinton (@asupike) June 15, 2017
What Luke Heimlich did was terrible but it's also egregious for someone to have their career destroyed due to one poor act at 15 years-old.
— Marce Porter (@NidjdN) June 15, 2017
Ironically, Luke Heimlich might wind up getting a more lucrative signing bonus from...the Oregonian. #GoBeavs
— angry beaver (@angrybeavs) June 14, 2017
Heimlich has chosen not to attend the College World Series and it was announced yesterday by Oregon State University that he is no longer a member of the baseball team. Here is what OSU President Ed Ray said about this whole story in a letter to the OSU community. "Yesterday, Luke decided that he would no longer represent the university this year as a member of the baseball team. As such, he will not participate in the NCAA College World Series nor travel with the OSU baseball team to Omaha. I concur with this decision as to do otherwise would certainly serve as a disruption and distraction to the team due to the significant public scrutiny that this matter has attracted. As well, I am mindful of the need for providing safety for all concerned that otherwise might be at risk during times of heightened emotions. If Luke wishes to do so, I support him continuing his education at Oregon State and rejoining the baseball team next season." Hopefully Heimlich takes OSU President Ed Ray up on his offer and decides to comeback next season and bounces back from this setback. Because this would be another tragic ending to a promising athletic career.