There have been 24 players with 31 to 41 rWAR through age 26. 17 of them (71%) are in the Hall.
The ones not in the Hall are:
Vada Pinson (I think he had back problems, declined badly in late 20s/early 30s)
Cesar Cedeno (Fell apart in late 20s)
Sherry Magee (Could be in the Hall, but isn't)
John McGraw (Was done by 30, probably because of 19th century diseases like typhoid)
Jim Fregosi (Injured? Didn't play a full season after 29)
Joe Jackson (banned for throwing World Series)
Dick Allen (personality and other problems that kind of put Manny to shame)
College football (big games) are pretty much limited to one day of the week and MLB goes up against them with its postseason no matter when the postseason is played. So I don't think college football is really particularly relevant here. October has almost as many big CFB games as November, the only real difference is the big rivalry games played on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. But there are plenty of huge games in October every year as well.
@hoosiers Good response. I agree that it would be very unlikely. We may not see either one make it to pick 30. This hypothetical scenario is the only way I would not take Martin or Lacy at pick #2. We would be fortunate to take Martin and get Fulton at #30, and that is what I hope for.
We could take Martin, and then a college starter at #30, like a Cade Cavalli or a Bobby Miller, if either is still there. And then hope Fulton is still there at #39. We’d have to go underslot somewhere, maybe the remaining three picks.
I don’t think as many people will have baseball on their minds when it is 30 degrees outside. Many big college games are in November as well. LSU-Alabama etc.
I don’t know what is going to happen with scripted TV either.