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
The Matt Harvey news that he has a partially torn UCL and could be having Tommy John Surgery soon came out today. There was a very active twitter discussion on whether his torn UCL could be traced back to his collegiate days at North Carolina. These are just the facts of the amount of innings and some of the insane pitch count totals that Harvey had during his career with the Tar Heels. Continue reading
The big news started coming out yesterday with MLB announcing a 65 game suspension for Ryan Braun for his involvement in the Biogensis case that involves Anthony Bosch. The connections continue to go back to college baseball as Braun was a member of the Miami (FL) baseball team which has heavy involvement with the Biogensis clinic. The former strength and conditioning coach for the Miami baseball team Jimmy Goins is all over the documents as receiving banned substances from the clinic.
I am absolutely tired of writing about these “Steroid” or “Performance-Enhancement” Drugs in College Baseball or any baseball. This has absolutely killed my interest in pro baseball and it is starting to filter into the college game. When I started writing on College Baseball many years ago, I was one of the few that actually covered the Steroid scandal with the Duke baseball team under former head coach Bill Hillier. The Blue Devils coaching staff “encouraged” steroid use by the players and the school continued to renew Hillier’s contract year after year. Continue reading
Selection Monday is one of the biggest days on the college baseball calendar, but the biggest prize that the NCAA selection committee hands out actually is awarded the day before. A day before the NCAA reveals the Regionals, Super Regional match-ups and map to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, they announce the 16 teams that will host Regionals. That huge advantage is handed out to the teams that prove themselves worthy over the course of a long, grueling regular season. Well, not quite all of it because the Regional hosts are inexplicably announced at 3:30 pm ET, before all of the day’s games are finished. Continue reading