UNCASVILLE, CT – Kansas City Royals Manager Trey Hillman, Boston Red Sox Pitching Coach John Farrell and Trinity College National Champion Collegiate Coach Bill Decker are three of the nearly 30 featured presenters at the 2009 Mohegan Sun World Baseball & Softball Coaches’ Convention. Continue reading →
The NCAA Baseball Research Panel, a group charged with maintaining the protocol for testing baseball bats in the college game, has recommended changes to the means for measuring performance in those tests.
The panel recommended replacing the “ball exit-speed ratio” with a “ball-bat coefficient of restitution” or BBCOR, because the latter eliminates discrepancies with different length bats and is a more direct measure of bat performance. At its meeting in July, the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee, which oversees and determines the actual performance level of bats, approved the new protocol and established the performance standard based on data collected from available wooden bats. Continue reading →
USA Today has put out an interesting article about High School players leaving school at the end of the fall semester for the start of the college semester in the spring. The reason why we are seeing this is the fact that the player will be eligible to play in the 2009 season. The biggest recent name to do this was Robert Stock out of Southern California. Continue reading →
When Southern Miss baseball fans pack Pete Taylor Park on Feb. 20 for the Golden Eagles’ season opener, they’ll notice some nice changes to the grounds.
Down the right-field line, a new concrete seating area will add around 300 seats with a good view of the field, and a deck area for grills will offer students a spot to tailgate during the game.
The batting cage area behind the bullpen on the left side is also getting a renovation.
The third baseline seating, which has long been used as the student section, will be general admission and the student section will be moved to the first baseline, directly behind the visiting dugout. Continue reading →
My father, Henry W. Broughton, died in his sleep on September 28, 2008. I took him to the emergency room on September 21. An hour earlier, we were watching the final baseball game in Yankee Stadium on TV.
Henry took me to a game at Yankee Stadium in 1964. We were in New York for the World’s Fair. The game was remarkable because Mickey Mantle hit a home run, and it was one of the longest balls ever hit in Yankee Stadium.
An earlier baseball memory is from 1961, the year that Mantle and Roger Maris were chasing Babe Ruth’s record. We were watching a Yankees game on TV. This was long before ESPN, and televised sports were far less common. The game was tied going into the ninth inning. Henry observed that an extra-inning game would be a bonus to Mantle and Maris, because it would give them additional turns at bat. As it turned out, Yogi Berra hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, and the scenario Henry envisioned didn’t happen. Continue reading →
The official NCAA Blog has put out a great post about some of the potential rule changes around College Baseball for next season. The biggest change is the fact that they will require base coaches to wear a helmet next season following the lead of Major League Baseball after the unfortunate death of a minor league coach in 2007. One of the other rule changes deal with speeding up the game with less conferences with umpires and on the mound. The final rule change is to eliminate all the huddling around home plate by a team after a home run or doing live play where teammates will come out of the dugout. I actually saw this happen last season during a Division 2 matchup between Franklin Pierce and Assumption. The Franklin Pierce benched emptied to congratulate the running scoring but the ball ended up getting away from the infield and going into the middle of the players coming onto the field. We were able to secure video of Jim Paronto talking about the rule changes. Continue reading →
Two of the nation’s most prominent collegiate athletic conferences have come to an agreement to participate in a unique and ground-breaking season-opening baseball tournament in Florida. The inaugural BIG EAST/Big Ten Baseball Challenge, hosted by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, will feature 27 games February 20-22, 2009, at various spring training venues in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, API Marketing announced today.
Head Coach Esquer and the Cal Bears open the season with two two games series. The first one will be on the 20 and the 21st of February against UC-Riverside. They then follow that up with a two game series against the Vanderbilt Commodores on the 22nd and the 23rd of February.
RBIs, batting averages, home runs, ERAs, strikeouts — there are many numbers to keep track of in baseball. Some players and coaches have to watch other numbers, too, like blood glucose levels, carbohydrates, and insulin units. In the September issue of Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, Sam Houston State University starting catcher Heath Pugh and his assistant coach, Chris Berry, who talk about playing baseball while wearing insulin pumps and the unique bond they’ve forged as athletes with diabetes.
Heath Pugh was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 14. He spent the next several months learning how to give himself insulin injections, then how to use an insulin pump. Along the way, he never gave up his drive to excel in baseball.