BRETT TOMKO AWARD TO HONOR DII BASEBALL’S PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Award is named after former Florida Southern College ace, Brett Tomko
OMAHA, NE > College Baseball Lineup is proud to announce the creation of the Brett Tomko Award, an honor to be presented to DII baseball’s pitcher of the year. The annual award will be given to a college baseball pitcher whose on the field performance is deemed the most outstanding at the Division II level.
The winner of the inaugural Brett Tomko Award will be named Monday, June 2nd following the Division II Championships which will held May 24th-31st in Cary, NC. Semi-finalists and finalists will be revealed in the weeks leading up to the announcement of the winner. Continue reading
It has been a great week in Hollywood. I’m not talking about the new movies coming out in theatres either. I’m talking about the great anniversary parties that were probably thrown in southern California to celebrate two of my favorite movies of all time: The Sandlot and Major League.
Twenty-five years ago this week Jake Taylor took a group of misfits and made them into contenders. Twenty years ago the new kid on the block, Scott Smalls, got his friends into “the biggest pickle any of them would ever be in.”
The anniversary of these great movies got me thinking about my favorite baseball movies of all time. Without further ado, here is my list of top five baseball movies according to a self-proclaimed movie critique: Scott Sanderson.
Brad Pitt in Moneyball
I had a tough time cutting this list down to five considering all the great movies that have been made about America’s past time. Coming in at number five is Brad Pitt’s Moneyball. I know what some of you may be thinking, it’s hard to make a movie about being champions when the team in the movie doesn’t, and hasn’t since, reached their ultimate goal of playing in the last game of the season.
It was also hard to put a movie in the top five that fails to mention the Cy Young candidates they had on the team including Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry Zito. The truth is this movie opened the door to a new philosophy of baseball that became a lot more noticeable to the public than the book it was written about. Continue reading
At the beginning of the season I had prepared a write-up for Florida Southern for inclusion in the DII preseason rankings. I really felt that FSC would rebound and put together a big season; however, considering how dismal the Moc’s 2013 season was I scratched them from the list. I thought I must have been crazy and would lose credibility for such a prediction. Guess I was wrong, or right… But with a great record and a sweep of NSU last weekend it appears that FSC is definitely back and ready to compete, not just regionally, but nationally as well.
FLORIDA SOUTHERN MOCS (18-28)
Unquestionably the 2013 Florida Southern baseball schedule didn’t go quite as anticipated. The traditionally talented team struggled to earn wins and finished with their first losing season since 1959. Nevertheless the Mocs’ uncharacteristic collapse should be short lived. The roster was a bit barren to start the season and Head Coach Joe Niekro was in his first year at the helm of the program. Now with a year of experience both on the diamond and in the dugout the Mocs should be ready to once again compete for conference and national titles. Continue reading
According to @ScoreCzar and his scary accurate computer rankings
ScoreCzar.org is an independent computer ranking site that utilizes a
mathematic formula to determine each team’s Overall Power Rating (OPR). The formula employed by ScoreCzar compares Runs Scored to Runs Allowed and factors in Strength of Schedule. The formula accurately predicted seven of the eight teams that landed in Omaha in 2013.
For more info, check out http://www.scoreczar.org/
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I have been fortunate in my career, both as a player and a coach, to be on a few teams that have achieved a high level of success: regular season and conference tournaments titles, NCAA Regional appearances in Division I and II and multiple wins on both levels. I have also been on a couple teams that have been below .500 and not qualified for the post-season tournament. The winning teams, the ones who achieve something of note and occasionally something extraordinary, have a few characteristics in common which I believe contribute to the positive nature of their accomplishments. Conversely, I believe the antithesis of these characteristics will tear the fabric of a squad and make it difficult to achieve any team oriented goal.
1.) DISAGREEMENTS AND CRITICISMS ARE DEALT WITH IN THE OPEN AND HANDLED ON A PERSON TO PERSON BASIS – Conflict is all around us on a daily basis and nearly impossible to avoid. The manner in which the conflict is ultimately resolved is where the difference lies. If individuals approach the person with which they have an issue and rationally and respectfully discuss the situation with adherence to the doctrines of mutual respect and empathy, instances of interpersonal conflict are largely diffused amicably. Never underestimate and power of a sincere and heartfelt apology. Continue reading