“The (Cincinnati) Reds would not ask a player to forgo his season, it’s not fair to the player, the team or the school,” Cincinnati Reds area scout John Ceprini said in response to Zach Risedorf saying he would attend workouts hosted by three MLB teams at the end of May, making him ineligible, by CIAC rules, for the end of Northwestern’s season.
“We would never jeopardize a player’s eligibility,” he added.
Risedorf said he was invited and would go to workouts hosted by the San Diego Padres on May 25, Pittsburgh Pirates on May 26 and one with the Reds at a date not determined yet.
According to Article XII of the CIAC by-laws, any participation as an individual on a non-school sponsored team in a sports competition, practice, showcase, try-out, camp or clinic the same season as the team they are on will make the athlete ineligible.
“I just want to clarify any misconceptions,” Ceprini said. “The Reds have not extended any invitations to anybody. They will go out next week.”
On Wednesday, Northwestern athletic director Fred Williams went to the CIAC to see if Risedorf could get an exception to go to the MLB workouts, where he wouldn’t miss a game or a practice.
The CIAC declined Williams, forcing Risedorf to make the decision that when May 25 arrived he would be at the workout with the Padres, becoming ineligible and would miss the final game of the season on May 27 against Lewis Mills and any state tournament games the Highlanders would play in.
“Most importantly we wouldn’t ask a player to leave his team,” Ceprini said.