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.
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
Prior to 6th year Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban winning his 4th overall National Championship game this past week, I had the opportunity to listen to him interviewing with ESPN. One does not have to be a huge college sports fan to know that Saban is arguably the best college football coach in the history of the game—especially since its recent (last thirty or so years) explosion as a highly organized, commercial enterprise. Saban made some interesting points that I think are worth comparing to that of the best college basketball coach of all-time, possibly the greatest coach of all time in any sport, John Wooden. Wooden won 10 National Titles at UCLA. What do they have in common? What stark differences do they have? And last, what can we, as baseball coaches, learn from them both? I am not professing to be a college basketball or college football know-it-all. In fact, I am willing to admit, that I know very little about either sport. However, as college head coach with very little experience working as an assistant, I am obsessed with learning from the best in the business—and here is what I have learned from these two greats:
What do they have in common?
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!
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
Little bit late on the intro but I do feel it is necessary. First off I’m Cody, I’m a senior right handed pitcher for the Florida Tech Panthers, a DII school located down in beautiful Melbourne Florida. I’ve done what some may call the “tour of Florida” in terms of my collegiate baseball endeavors. It all started down at Florida Gulf Coast University as a walk-on where I did not compete and ended up being released after the fall semester. I finished up my first year of school at FGCU and moved on to a junior college in Ocala the following fall semester. I played under Marty Smith’s hegemony for 2 years and had a solid sophomore year which allowed me to keep livin’ the dream over here at Florida Tech. I have been fortunate enough to play with outstanding teammates and coaches throughout my college baseball career and it is unbelievable how fast time goes by. My senior season is almost underway and if you’ve ever played a collegiate baseball schedule you would most certainly agree that in a blink of an eye you’re in your final week of conference play. It is quite scary to think that this year could be my last in the competitive realm of baseball, but I wouldn’t trade my experiences for a thing.
Outside of baseball I enjoy just about anything outdoors. My favorite movie is Forrest Gump, and I enjoy music… all of it. I’m a forensic psychology major, and after someone tells me I can’t play this game anymore I’d like to pursue an occupation somewhere in federal law enforcement.
All in all, I’m very excited to bring ya’ll a unique perspective in college baseball, and even more excited for the first pitch come February.
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
1. ST. MARY’S RATTLERS (49-11)
Final 2012 Ranking: 4
St. Mary’s was one of the most consistent teams 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. Look for each of those milestone to be reached or eclipsed this season as Coach Migl welcomes back his top pitchers along, a core of solid offensive producers and a talented crop of transfers which makes the Rattlers the top team headed into 2013. Continue reading
2. MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS (51-12)
Final 2012 Ranking: 3
The Mavericks we up 5-0 in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Championships but were usurped by a late Delta State rally to conclude MSU’s season. Despite falling just short in their title run the Mavs did record a single-season win record and their third-place finish in the World Series matched the school’s best finish in a season with the 1980 edition of the club. With four starting pitchers who had a combined 35-6 record last year and their leading hitter back for another season in Mankato, MSU can be penciled in for another run to Cary and chance for a second northern team to take the title. Continue reading
3. DELTA STATE STATESMEN (49-15)
Final 2012 Ranking: 2
The Statesmen fought their way to the NCAA South and College World Series Championships, both times requiring back-to-back wins over a team to reach their destination. While DSU was able to capture the South crown and reach Cary, they ultimately fell a game short of being the last team standing in the end. Both of DSU losses in North Carolina were shutouts and the Statesmen fell to 1-3 in NCAA DII title games. This season a return trip to Cary is a strong possibility for the Gulf South stalwart as their top two hitters from last season will be back in the lineup as well as two of three top starters. If Coach Mike Kinnison can successfully fill a few holes in the pitching staff look for buses to be bound from Cleveland to Cary once again. Continue reading
4. TAMPA STARTANS (38-10)
Final 2012 Ranking: 5
The Spartans were the top ranked team for almost the entire season last year. Aside from the preseason rankings, Tampa was the top ranked team for all but one week at the regular season’s end. However those rankings didn’t mean a thing in the end when UT’s postseason came to a quick end after going 0-2 in their hosted South Regional. Nonetheless, the Spartans did win the program’s 14th SSC championship and will be looking to make it 15 along with a sixth National Championship in 2013. Continue reading