The Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres are in the midst of a three game set as both teams battle it out for the worst record in the Majors in 2008. The team that finishes with the worst record will receive the number 1 pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. The consensus number 1 pick right now is Stephen Strasburg out of San Diego State. He was masterful this summer with the USA Collegiate National Team and the USA Olympic Team in Beijing. Continue reading
Siena hires Jimmy Jackson as Assistant Coach
Jimmy Jackson has been hired as assistant baseball coach at Siena effective immediately, as announced today by head coach Tony Rossi. Jackson will work primarily with Siena’s catchers and outfielders.
Baseball America announced that Mike Minor of Vanderbilt was named the Summer POY. Minor had a tremendous summer with the USA Collegiate National Team with two victories over the Cuban Olympic Team at the Haarlem Baseball Week in Holland. Minor started five games with the team this summer accumulating a 3-0 record with a 0.64 ERA. Continue reading
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FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno State’s celebration of the 2008 NCAA baseball title will continue well into the fall.
President George Bush has invited the Bulldogs to come to the White House, school officials were notified late Monday. The team will meet with the President sometime between 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 12.
The visit is part of a program to honor NCAA spring sports national champions. The Bulldogs were the first championship team offered an invitation. White House officials said President Bush, who is a baseball fan and former owner of the Texas Rangers, was excited about Fresno State’s “Underdogs to Wonderdogs” story.
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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg has announced the hiring of Pete Flores to the baseball coaching staff. He will serve as a volunteer assistant.
“We are really excited to have Pete join us,” Kinneberg said. “The people he’s been around in his playing and coaching career give him new ideas to bring to the team and I’m very anxious to see him work on the field.”
We recently ran across an article out of the Seattle Times that talks about some of the best prospects for the 2009 draft. Larry Stone wrote the article where he talks with a CBB reader in Keith Law of ESPN and John Manuel of Baseball America. Both of them clearly state that Stephen Strasburg is the top player in the 2009 draft after competing on the 2008 Olympic team and lighting up radar guns during the 2008 collegiate season. They also talk about Kyle Gibson, Dustin Ackley, and Alex White among other players. Continue reading
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Lobo baseball head coach Ray Birmingham recently announced the University of New Mexico schedule for 2009. The Lobos will face five Top 25 teams from 2008, including NCAA College World Series semifinalist Stanford.
“This schedule will be tougher than last season,” said Birmingham. “We played 22 games last season against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. If we are going to be nationally-ranked and advance to the post-season, we have to play these high-caliber teams to get there.”
The United States Olympic Baseball team is taking on the Cuban Olympic team in the semifinals of the Olympic Baseball Tournament at 6 am Eastern time on Friday. The United States is expected to start San Diego State junior to be Stephen Strasberg to the mound where he was outstanding against the Netherlands in his only Olympic start. Continue reading
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Rick McCarty Joins Redhawks Baseball Coaching Staff
Southeast Missouri State head baseball coach Mark Hogan announced today that Rick McCarty will join the Redhawks coaching staff as the new pitching coach in the 2008-09 season. McCarty has five years of previous coaching experience, all coming at NCAA Division II Delta State University. FULL STORY
FROM USA BASEBALL
BEIJING — Steven Strasburg (San Diego, Calif.) hurled seven scoreless innings and did not allow a hit until the seventh inning as the U.S. Olympic Baseball Team bounced back with a 7-0 victory over the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon at Wukesong Field 2. Continue reading