On the Bump – January 28, 2013

Hello Gents’ fans and welcome back to “On the Bump”. We are 12 days away from Opening Day and the atmosphere around the locker room and the field is extremely unique. You can feel that everyone understands the season is so close and all of the hard work we have been putting in since August will start to pay dividends soon. This week I will talk to you about our week of preparation, talk about our expectations as a team, and introduce you to our outfielders. Continue reading

First Week

Good evening CBL readers!

I haven’t written in a little while and so I wanted to explain my absence. Baseball season is finally here! The EMU Royals are a week in to practice with our opener at NC Wesleyan quickly approaching. I have to say, we are putting in work this year like never before under our new head coach. Days consist of 5 hour practices, but every player is buying into the program and working hard to accomplish what we need to. We have done some testing to see where everyone is at after our off season lifting and it’s been awesome to see how much guys have improved. It’s cold here in Harrisonburg but we have been able to get outside for a few days instead of being confined to just our cramped gym.

Practice is where being a two way player can be tough. I’m constantly switching back and forth between pitching and playing first base. Most of the time I have to get my hitting work in, then go do my pitching for the day, and then come back as a team and get my defensive work in but the order varies. There are a couple of us doing it and we usually have the longer days, but we also know it comes with the territory. Coach has done a good job with managing my throws so my arm isn’t too tired and also does well with managing my time and making sure I’m getting all my work in.

We have had a great week of practice here. It’s exciting to go to the field or the cages every day when everyone is putting their energy into this year. In the past, that hasn’t always been the case, but this year there is some excitement around the team. There is a great chemistry to the team this year and you can really feel that there is something special here.

We open up with our first game in 11 days, 12 hours, 13 minutes, and 35 seconds from the time I just wrote that. I’ve got a timer on my phone counting down to the date and it’s getting pretty close. For some of the older guys on the team, we know we have to put in a little more work to be fully ready for that game, while the younger guys are just ready to see some action. By the time that game comes around, I know everyone will be ready to see another team out on the field instead of just each other.

It’s going to be an exciting opening weekend for sure. If everything goes well, I should get to see my first game action at first base and some time on the mound in our Sunday game. I’m definitely excited to see where myself and the team stacks up against some competition. We know we are the underdogs here at EMU and haven’t been known for baseball, but we look at that as our advantage. We have a lot to prove to others around the conference and to ourselves as we head into February 2nd. Not too many people believe in us besides the 27 players and 4 coaches that are going to go in to battle together, but that won’t stop us from winning.

With another week starting up now, we have a lot to polish and perfect before the games begin, but we are all feeling pretty confident with where we are going. I’ll try to stay up to date as possible with the blog but there’s not much time to do anything extra around here, I stay pretty busy. I would like to do a “day in the life” kind of blog post just to give an inside look on a typical day for us here so stay tuned for that. As always, thanks for reading! God bless and go Royals!

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On the Bump – January 21, 2013

Hey Gents’ fans and welcome back to the second weekly edition of “On the Bump”. This week I will talk about how we finally got to practice outdoors, discuss highlights from our intersquad scrimmage on Saturday, and introduce you to our 2012-2013 Centenary Gents’ infielders.

Monday and Tuesday’s practices were cancelled due to sleet, cold, and rain. Needless to say, the weather was pretty miserable. Our guys still got their work in though as they hit in the cages and pitchers threw in the gym or on the soccer field. Continue reading

Former College Stars on Team USA Roster

USA Baseball announced its provisional 27-man roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  Of the 27 players, 14 of them are former DI or DII college standouts. 

Both Tennessee and Miami can boast having a pair of players on the roster. The Vols have reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey who was a three-time First Team All-American in Knoxville from 1994-96 and is UT’s career leader in wins, appearances, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. Dickey could wind up pitching to another former UT star, J.P. Arencibia, who was a two-time All American catcher. The Miami Hurricanes have former NL MVP Ryan Braun who was a repeat All American, including being the “National Freshman of the Year” while playing at Miami from 2003-2005. Another former ‘Cane, Chris Perez made the Team USA roster as a pitcher. His time at Miami overlapped with Braun as he played there during the 2004-2006 seasons.

Steve Cishek helped guide the Carson-Newman Eagles to the 2007 SAC Tournament championship before advancing to professional baseball.

Other notable former college names on the roster include Mark Teixeira who had an accomplished career at Georgia Tech and was named the  was the 2000 Dick Howser Award winner as National Player of the Year, Mitchell Boggs from Georgia where he spent three seasons and helped the Bulldogs reach the 2004 College World Series and Glen Perkins who was the 2004 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and went 15-0 with a 2.09 ERA his last two season in Big Ten play.

Two former DII players, Steve Cishek, the up-and-coming Miami Marlin reliever from Carson-Newman and Kutztown alum Ryan Vogelsong, who helped the San Francisco Giants win the World Series, are also on the roster.

Former College Players on 2013 USA Baseball Roster:

J.P. Arencibia – Toronto Blue Jays – C – Tennessee
Willie Bloomquist – Arizona Diamondbacks – UTL – Arizona St
Mitchell Boggs – St. Louis Cardinals – RHP -Georgia
Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers – OF – Miami
Steve Cishek – Miami Marlins – RHP – Carson Newman
Tim Collins – Kansas City Royals – LHP – None
R.A. Dickey – Toronto Blue Jays – RHP – Tennesse
Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers – C – UL Lafayette
Chris Perez – Cleveland Indians – RHP – Miami
Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins – LHP – Minnesota
Vinnie Pestano – Cleveland Indians – RHP – Fullerton
Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees – IF – Georgia Tech
Ryan Vogelsong – San Francisco Giants – RHP – Kutztown
Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays – UTL – Dallas Baptist

In addition to the 14 players who are going to suit up for Team USA, there are a handful of other former college players suiting up for other countries, including nine players on both Team Canada and Team Italy:

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Andrew Albers – Minnesota Twins – LHP – Kentucky
John Axford – Milwaukee Brewers – RHP – Notre Dame
Jesse Crain – Minnesota Twins – RHP – Houston
Chris Leroux – Pittsburgh Pirates – RHP – Winthrop
Trystan Magnuson – Toronto Blue Jays – RHP – Louisville
Scott Richmond – Toronto Blue Jays – RHP – Oklahoma St
Chris Robinson – Baltimore Orioles – C – Illinois
Cale Iorg – Detroit Tigers – 2B – Alabama
Jimmy Van Ostrand – Washington Nationals – OF – Cal Poly
Team Italy
Jason Grilli – Pittsburgh Pirates – RHP – Seton Hall
John Mariotti – None – RHP – Coastal Carolina
Nick Pugliese – None – RHP – Stetson
Brian Sweeny – None – RHP – Mercy
Matt Torra – None – RHP – UMass
Drew Butera – Minnesota Twins – C – UCF
Chris Colabello – Minnesota Twins – IF – Assumption
Anthony Granato – None – IF – VCU

College Baseball Quiz

Think you know college baseball? I mean really, really know college baseball?… See how well you do on this quick ten question quiz. It’s not for rookies for cleat chasers. You gotta really know your stuff if you’re going ace this test.

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Tweet a screenshot with your perfect score! You’ll get a virtual high-five and mention on Twitter and be the envy of millions, thousands, hundreds, dozens of people! No cheating! It didn’t work for Lance Armstrong and it’s not going to work for you.

On The Bump – January 15, 2013

Hello Gents fans and welcome back to “On the Bump”. This is my third and final year to write the blog, as I plan on graduating in May with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration.

For those of you that have never read the blog, I use this as a way to give readers insight into the ins and outs of a week as a collegiate student-athlete. Centenary is a challenging school academically so it takes a lot of work for our student-athletes to achieve success on and off the field. Continue reading

“Stick it to Cancer” with The Cure Baseball

College baseball players, coaches and administrators need to check out the nonprofit organization started by Alex Paluka, The Cure Baseball. Their mission is to use the game of baseball as a vehicle to raise support and awareness for all types of cancer. The support they raise helps aid cancer research performed at cancer centers affiliated with college and university medical schools. They also give aid to families across the country who are especially struggling with their own personal battle against cancer.

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This season The Cure Baseball has started a new ”Stick It To Cancer Campaign”. The campaign uses small helmet stickers placed on the back of teams’ helmets as a visual sign of support for every man, women and child battling any and all types of cancer. Continue reading

College Baseball Twitter Feeds

Like Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thráin, son of Thrór, searching for the Arkenstone, we’ve scoured the Interwebs for a comprehensive list of college baseball feeds. So far we’ve compiled the Twitter accounts of over 400 DI and DII college baseball related feeds and the list continues to grow.

The list includes “official” team feeds as well as head and assistant coaches from across the nation.

The listing also includes other interesting college baseball related feeds such as College Baseball Hall of Fame and legendary players Jim Abbot, Brooks Kieschnick and Tino Martinez, media members who cover the game such as ESPN’s Ryan McGee and Kyle Peterson and other interesting accounts like The Cure Baseball and D1Baseball.

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If there is someone not on the list, let us know in a post and we’ll see about adding them to the list.

… and don’t forget to follow College Baseball Lineup!

CBHOF Receives Major Capital Campaign Donation

The Internet has been abuzz the past 24 hours with the news of the Baseball Writers Association of America pitching a shutout and keeping its doors closed to new members for the first time since 1996. Even now, a full day after the announcement the topic is still trending on Twitter, which is actually quite remarkable considering how quickly public interest can be pulled by a single event. Unfortunately the nation is always a Kardashian nipple-slip, Alabama beauty pageant winner or Twinkie epidemic away from burying all other news.

Lost in the all hullabaloo of the MLB HOF, there was a major announcement regarding the collegiate version of the hall. On Tuesday the Moody Foundation, an organization created for “the perpetual benefit of the present and future generations of Texans” by William Lewis Moody, Jr. and his wife, Libbie based in Galveston, awarded the fledgling College Baseball Hall of Fame a $5 million capital campaign grant. The monies will substantially help the CBHOF create a permanent home and continue to preserve the history of the college game. Continue reading

DII Baseball 2013 Preseason Rankings

ST. MARY’S RATTLERS PICKED AS TEAM TO BEAT IN 2013
Last season the Rattlers were pegged as the number four team going into the season, spent the bulk of the year in the second spot and finished the campaign with a run to Cary and a fourth place finish in the final rankings. Along the way the team claimed the South Central Regional championship, won their third straight Heartland crown and their 49 wins marked the second-most in program history. This season Coach Charlie Migl welcomes back a pair of elite starting pitchers, a core of solid offensive producers and a talented crop of transfers which makes the Rattlers the top team headed into 2013. Continue reading