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Moorpark College Men’s Baseball Program On Chopping Block

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MOORPARK (CBS) — The men’s baseball program at Moorpark College, which gave rise to Major League Baseball stars like Dodger Gabe Kapler, may be shut down because of budget cuts.

The Ventura County College District Board of Trustees will vote Tuesday night whether to follow the college president’s recommendation to suspend Men’s Baseball.

Activists say suspension of a sports program at Moorpark College is like the kiss of death – over the past 10 years, seven sports suspended at the college have not returned to the campus.

It costs Moorpark College about $60,000 a year to run the baseball program, including salaries, umpires, equipment and travel.

Besides the cuts to Moorpark College’s athletics programs, trustees will also consider eliminating several programs like accounting, interior design and computer science. The district, which includes Ventura College and Oxnard College, faces a $6 million deficit in the next fiscal year.

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