DeKALB, Ill. – Northern Illinois University Head Baseball Coach Ed Mathey has resigned his position with the school after 12 years at the helm of the Huskie program, NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced Thursday. Continue reading
HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point University baseball head coach Craig Cozart announced the team’s schedule for the upcoming 2015 season on Tuesday. High Point will face a challenging slate of non-conference opponents that includes the College of Charleston, South Florida, North Carolina, Elon and Davidson.
“We have once again put together a challenging schedule for our team this season,” head coach Craig Cozart said. “We have several quality home series and two very challenging road series at the College of Charleston and South Florida. Our midweek schedule will once again be filled with talented teams from the ACC, the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, the CAA and the SoCon. Our conference slate will provide us with a great test as we prepare for the Big South Tournament. We are looking forward to a tremendous year and are optimistic about our opportunities.” Continue reading
How Playing Baseball Can Make You Better at Poker
At first, baseball and poker seem like an unlikely pair since they are completely different games. However, a closer look reveals that baseball and poker share many similarities in terms of strategy, among other things. A variation game of Stud poker is even called “Baseball.”
If you learn baseball strategy, it can help your poker-playing strategies as well. Here are a few reasons how playing baseball can help make you a better poker player.
Players Must Balance the Slow Pace of the Game with High Adrenaline Moments
Baseball is a very slow game. However, when there is action, it all happens quickly and with a lot of adrenaline. For instance; someone tries to steal a base, or someone hits a home run and the crowd goes wild. That’s how it is in poker, too. Hand after hand is slowly played until there is a standoff, and everything gets exciting. In both baseball and poker, you have to be ready for those high-adrenaline moments because they can happen at any time. Even though the games are played slowly, you must remain alert.
Players Are Rewarded for Patience and Calculated Risks
Since baseball and poker are played so slowly, this leaves a lot of time for players to strategize. In baseball, the coach studies each player on the opposing team and reveals the information to his pitcher to help the pitcher decide what pitching strategy to use. The coach and pitcher often talk to each other in code with hand signs. The same is true of poker; players carefully study their opponents to determine the best strategy of play, such as whether to bluff or give up when they’ve missed their draw. Players who are patient and take calculated risks are rewarded in both games.
In addition, poker pros often spend a good deal of time reading strategy online or in books, while baseball players often study with their coaches and teammates to come up with the best possible strategies and plays.
Players Are Faced with Constant One-on-One Confrontations
Baseball is a team sport, but there are constant one-one-one confrontations — such as the pitcher vs. the batter and baseman vs. the runner. Poker can be played with lots of people, but it often comes down to a head-to-head battle to determine the winner of the hand. One-on-one confrontations complicate the games because you have to constantly change your strategy to win. You can’t always pitch a fastball and you can’t always bluff your opponent. Baseball legend Orel Hershiser has mastered one-on-one confrontations in both baseball and poker, having found success on the felt after his retirement from the mound.
Players Must Make Quick Decisions
Even though there is a lot of time to strategize in baseball and poker, players often have to make quick decisions. Batters must constantly decide whether to swing or let the ball pass, and batting is a lot like betting. In poker, players must decide whether to bet, check, call, raise or fold. One bad decision can cause a strike in baseball or a lost hand in poker. So, players must have the stamina to strategize over a long game, but they must also have the ability to make quick decisions that can alter their entire strategy. Both baseball and poker are simple in principle, but complex in reality.
Players Must Try to Read Their Opponents and Hide Their Tells
The biggest similarity between baseball and poker is that players must try to read their opponents and hide their tells. The pitcher in a baseball game can choose to throw a fastball, curveball, or one of several other pitches. It is the batter’s job to try and read the pitcher to know what type of pitch he is going to throw. Then, if a baseball player is able to get onto a base, he must decide whether to try and steal another by bluffing the pitcher. This is similar to poker in that all players must try and figure out if their opponents are bluffing. Then, poker players must also decide whether to try and bluff themselves.
All baseball pitchers and poker players have tells. Part of the strategy of each game is trying to figure them out. If you can correctly determine what actions your opponent is going to take based on their behavior and body language, you can win the game.
Both baseball and poker require a specific set of skills. If you want to be an awesome poker player, take a closer look at baseball. The strategies are very similar, and practicing one game can make you better at the other. Baseball and poker both characterize America. People in the U.S. love a good game of strategy where some skill can take them to the top. By understanding the similarities between these games, you can become a master of strategy and improve your skills at both.
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Thirty-four home games at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium, including the 12th-Annual Keith LeClair Classic, highlight the 2015 East Carolina baseball schedule announced Wednesday morning by first-year head coach Cliff Godwin.
The 2015 slate features 11 games against six teams that earned a bid to the 2014 NCAA Regionals, 28 against squads with 30-plus wins and six that finished ranked in the national polls. Continue reading
WASHINGTON – The George Washington baseball team will play 31 home games at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park as part of its 53-game regular season schedule and will host the 2015 Atlantic 10 Championship, head coach Gregg Ritchie has announced.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – One day after his team officially opened fall practice, University of Miami head baseball coach Jim Morris unveiled the Hurricanes’ 2015 baseball schedule Tuesday.
Miami, the reigning ACC Regular Season Champions, will embark on a 55-game schedule that includes 35 home games inside Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. The Hurricanes finished the 2014 season with a 44-19 overall record and a 24-6 mark in conference play. Continue reading
Wallace Community College head coach Mackey Sasser had an excellent career with the New York Mets going but once he got into a collision at the plate, he started to have problems throwing the ball back to the pitcher. ESPN 30 for 30 did an excellent feature on Sasser that can be checked out below. Continue reading
The Wright State Raiders have released their 2015 season which features a season opening tournament hosted by Belmont. They will take on the Bears and the Toledo Rockets twice each. Continue reading
The NCAA announced on late Tuesday evening several changes to college baseball with most of them regarding the use of replay and minor changes including the color of the foul poles. The big change though was that the hitter must make an attempt to get out of the way of a pitch. The exact wording is below. Continue reading
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a rule change that will allow umpires to conference on whether or not a fielder caught a ball in the outfield. The current rules allowed umpires to conference on certain calls but they have now added catches in the outfield to the criteria. Continue reading