Tallahassee Democrat senior writer Steve Ellis has wrote a season preview for the upcoming season on the Florida State Seminoles. He believes that since the FSU schedule is back loaded that they should be able to have a solid year until May when they play the heart of the ACC in Clemson, Miami, UNC, and GT. The full article is available here.
The Tallahassee Democrat also is reporting junior closer Luke Tucker has been shut down for 3 weeks to rest his shoulder from soreness. Some of my contacts at Florida State have stated that Tucker has not been throwing well since the first day of practice so this is not a huge surprise. Last year, He was shut down on Sunday of a 3 game set at Boston College due to soreness also. Buster Posey is expected to step into the closer role for the first few weekends. The article is available here.
GoJackets.com has continued the series of previews which continues tonight with Florida State. They are coming off a disappointing season as they failed to make it out of their regional which was hosted by the University of Georgia. The Seminoles lost All-American Shane Robinson in center field and also will be looking for a new weekend starter with the loss of Tyler Chambliss. They also lost starting catcher Danny Diaz who was dismissed from the program in the fall but Freshman All-American Buster Posey will try to take over behind the plate. The full preview is available here.
Danny Rosen of FSU has been a pleasant surprise in camp this spring. The Tallahassee Democrat checks in with an article about the former walk-on and the contributions he is expected to make during this season. Article can be read here.
BTW I took that picture when I visited FSU earlier this year when Boston College was down there.
The Tallahassee Democrat has an article in Jan. 18th edition about the expected new center fielder for the Seminoles. His name is Ruairi O’Connor who is entering his redshirt sophomore season. He missed the 2006 season with a wrist injury but in 2005 he contributed with in 40 games including 14 starts. He has a tough shoe to fill because Shane Robinson (former CF) was a two-time All-American and also the national player of the year in 2005. The full article is available here.
The Tallahassee Democrat checks in with an article about newcomer Brandon Reichert. He is entering the season as a senior and this will be the first season he suits up for the hometown team. He signed with Mercer University but was not given his release by Head Coach Craig Gibson. The full article about Mr. Reichert is available here.
Mike Martin was officially enshrined into the ABCA Hall Of Fame today. This was a very high honor for Coach Martin who enters the season with a career record of 1435-493-4 (.744). The full press release on Coach Martin is available here.
Also, The Florida State Baseball team has officially started practicing this week for the upcoming season. They open the season on Feb. 2nd against Tennessee. There is a nice little photo gallery on the official Seminole site here.
Warchant checks in with a Q & A with Seminole pitcher Micheal Hyde. He discusses the upcoming season and the challenges in which the Seminoles will face this year with other information so you can get to know him better. The Q & A is available here.
Rivals has posted a new Mailbag which talks about issues with Florida State, Ohio State, Georgia, and East Carolina. Kendall Rogers does an excellent job covering college baseball and check out his mailbag here.
Buster Posey was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team in the 2006 season but will be making a position change during the upcoming season when he will be making a move to catcher. The College Baseball Blog Staff thought that Posey was the second best shortstop in the ACC after Stan Widmann of Clemson. This is the latest example of having your best athletes up the middle on the baseball field. Current Oregon State Associate Head Coach Dan Spencer checks in with an article on the topic.
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The Florida State Baseball program has dismissed Danny Diaz from the baseball program. Mike Martin Sr. stated that Diaz broke a team rule which resulted in his immediate dismissal from the Florida State program. This lives the Seminoles without an experienced catcher for the 2007 season. They will enter the season without Kyle Maxie also who is transferring to Pearl River Community College. The Seminoles have moved Buster Posey to the catching position from his shortstop role last season. This is a strange move by the Seminoles to enter the season without an experienced catcher and especially without Posey having any collegiate experience behind the plate.
Tallahassee Democrat article is available here.