Category Archives: General CBB News

HS Players heading to College early?

Levi Michael joining UNC early

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

USM park undergoing renovations

Pedro Sierra works on freshly-poured cement last week at Pete Taylor Park on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (Erin Parker | Hattiesburg American)

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.
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Henry W. Broughton 1919-2008

Henry W. Broughton
Henry W. Broughton

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

2009 NCAA Baseball Rule Changes

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

Inaugural Big East/Big Ten Baseball Challenge Announced

Head Coach Jack Dahm- Iowa Hawkeye
Head Coach Jack Dahm- Iowa Hawkeye

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

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.

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2009 College Baseball Schedule-California and SIEU

David Esquer-Head Coach Cal Bears
David Esquer-Head Coach Cal Bears

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.

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Hitting a Home Run With Diabetes: College Coach and Catcher Team Up on and off the Field

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.

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College Baseball News & Notes 09/03

Head Coach Chad Kruter
Head Coach Chad Kreuter

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

Head coach Chad Kreuter brings in 14 freshmen and one transfer

A total of 14 freshmen and one transfer have enrolled at USC and will be eligible to play in the 2009 baseball season, head coach Chad Kreuter announced today.

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2008 All Area Code Team

Area Code Baseball
Area Code Baseball

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES

This years Area Code Games produced a deep crop of premium high school talent. With well over 300 Major League Scouts in attendance throughout the week the scouts walked away with many players from around the country to follow into next spring. The games featured eight power packed teams that were run and organized in an excellent manner.

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