All posts by Aaron Yost

Aaron Yost is a freelance sports reporter, writer and photographer with a career spanning more than three decades at five different newspapers in Oregon. He has covered the Pac-10/Pac-12 Conference on a regular basis since 1993.

CBD Column: A different draft story lands freshman at Oregon State

As last summer’s baseball season began, Caleb Hamilton had his plans fairly set. He would play alongside Oregon State-bound catcher Logan Ice and then walk-on at Washington.

Then came a phone call after a summer game. The Washington Nationals had drafted the Woodinville, Wash., product. Hamilton began to rethink his options and asked to meet with Oregon State head coach Pat Casey. Continue reading CBD Column: A different draft story lands freshman at Oregon State

CBD Column: Lovelady learning from the best at Wright State

Wright State coach Greg Lovelady, in his first season in charge of the Raiders, listens to the plate talk with 20th-year Oregon State coach Pat Casey and plate umpire Mike Whitty.
Wright State coach Greg Lovelady, in his first season in charge of the Raiders, listens to the plate talk with 20th-year Oregon State coach Pat Casey and plate umpire Mike Whitty.

As a first-year head coach, Wright State’s Greg Lovelady is taking every opportunity to improve his understanding of the game and management of the ballplayers in his care.

It’s Lovelady’s 10th year overall at Wright State, but his first in charge of everything after nine seasons as Rob Cooper’s assistant. His baseball pedigree includes two national championships (1999, 2001) as a player at Miami, a brief pro career in the Florida Marlins minor league system, and three regional appearances with the Raiders (2006, 2009, 2011). Continue reading CBD Column: Lovelady learning from the best at Wright State

Could Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler’s case bring change to NCAA?

Oregon State senior Ben Wetzler delivers to the plate in the first inning against Wright State on Sunday.
Oregon State senior Ben Wetzler delivers to the plate in the first inning against Wright State on Sunday.

Twenty percent of his senior season. That was the punishment the NCAA meted out to Oregon State left hander Ben Wetzler for turning down the Philadelphia Phillies’ various overtures last summer and returning to play for the Beavers.

Thanks to being a pitcher, the 11-game suspension only cost Wetzler two starts and hasn’t hurt the Beavers on the field, where they’re 9-3 after winning three of four games with Wright State over the weekend. Wetzler made his first start of the season in Sunday’s series finale. Continue reading Could Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler’s case bring change to NCAA?

CBD Opinion: NCAA needs to get with the times regarding MLB draftees

Oregon State left-hander Ben Wetzler’s senior season is on hold for what appear to be the weakest of reasons.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2013 by Philadelphia, Wetzler could not come to an agreement with the Phillies and opted to return to the Beavers for one more shot at a College World Series title. Reportedly, he left a mid-six-figure signing bonus in making that decision. Continue reading CBD Opinion: NCAA needs to get with the times regarding MLB draftees

CBD Photo Gallery: Oregon State holds first scrimmage of Fall

OregonStateFistPumpCORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State got on the field for an intra-squad scrimmage for the first time this fall on Friday. The Beavers had been prevented from scrimmaging earlier by weeks of steady rain that finally broke on Thursday. OSU finished tied for third at the College World Series in June and has two-thirds of its weekend starters returning. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Oregon State holds first scrimmage of Fall