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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

‘Trails end, baby, they all end’: Texas removes Augie Garrido after 20 seasons

For someone who has played and coached baseball for the better part of 70 years, Augie Garrido surprisingly says he doesn’t love the sport. After particularly excruciating losses, Garrido has been known to dip into his bank of one-liners and damn the game “a cruel mistress.”

On Monday, he learned just how cruel it can be. At a morning meeting with athletic director Mike Perrin, Texas ended months of speculation and dismissed Garrido, college baseball’s winningest coach, for not winning enough. He’s out after 20 seasons and eight appearances in the College World Series, two of which ended with national titles for the Longhorns in 2002 and 2005.

Zach Posted: May 31, 2016 at 12:01 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, texas

‘Trails end, baby, they all end’: Texas removes Augie Garrido after 20 seasons

For someone who has played and coached baseball for the better part of 70 years, Augie Garrido surprisingly says he doesn’t love the sport. After particularly excruciating losses, Garrido has been known to dip into his bank of one-liners and damn the game “a cruel mistress.”

On Monday, he learned just how cruel it can be. At a morning meeting with athletic director Mike Perrin, Texas ended months of speculation and dismissed Garrido, college baseball’s winningest coach, for not winning enough. He’s out after 20 seasons and eight appearances in the College World Series, two of which ended with national titles for the Longhorns in 2002 and 2005.

Zach Posted: May 31, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, texas

Monday, May 16, 2016

OTP 2016 May 16: College baseball takes hit from Mississippi politics

The state flag is already keeping Mississippi from hosting predetermined NCAA preseason and postseason tournaments, which is why the state didn’t put in a bid to host the SEC baseball tournament, which could have been held at Trustmark Park, in Pearl.

An anti-flag group held a rally last month at the SEC headquarters in Birmingham to ask the league to ban Mississippi from postseason play altogether. Postseason baseball tournaments are currently determined by how well a team performs during the regular season, but the group is calling for the SEC to stop Mississippi schools from hosting, regardless of the team records.

“To me, that’s penalizing student athletes—some of them are from this state and some of them are not from Mississippi—and you are penalizing universities that don’t dictate the flag either, and so that would be a shame,” Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco said.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: May 16, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 1561 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, politics

Monday, May 09, 2016

OTP 2016 May 9: There’s no politics in baseball

Only one problem. The national tournament May 28 through June 4 is being held for the eighth-straight year in North Carolina. And Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton last month prohibited state employees and state agencies from traveling to North Carolina in protest of that state’s new law prohibiting transgender people from using bathrooms designated for the gender with which they identify.

The governor’s ban didn’t apply to MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities) campuses like Mankato, but MnSCU presidents followed the governor’s lead by implementing their own travel ban for their own employees, including baseball coaches and others connected to the teams.

(Views expressed in the article lead and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner. )

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: May 09, 2016 at 07:20 AM | 2064 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, politics

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Vulture: Everybody Wants Some!! Is Effortless Fun.

The time is late August, 1980, when an agreeable 18-year-old named Jake (Blake Jenner) arrives at Texas Southern University, where he’ll be pitching on the baseball team. His “dorm” is a ramshackle house for fellow baseball players, and the atmosphere in those few days before classes and games begin is loose. The looseness is deceptive, though, because even as these athletes devote most of their waking hours to chasing women (with one practice session), they’re taking one another’s measure: preening, boasting, faking (but not really) aggression. Then there’s another, quieter source of tension. Each sequence begins with a time stamp denoting the number of days, hours, and minutes until classes begin, which adds a note of unease — an extension of the feeling of the last days of high school in Dazed and Confused. Now the men will truly be separated from the boys.

I saw the film on Friday, and was frankly surprised by just how much baseball there was in it—and how well Linklater nails the dynamics of a competitive, amateur ball team. A feature: there is no big game, no pressure pitch, no dramatic home run. Not his best movie by any stretch (and more aggressively male than Dazed & Confused), but it was worth my twelve bucks.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 16, 2016 at 04:07 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, movies, nostalgia

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-8-2015

Toledo News-Bee, December 8, 1915:

What would you say if the western college conference, known as the Big Nine, blew up?...The explosion may break any time. College baseball may be the lighted fuse by which the blow-off will come.

Out at Illinois, where they take their baseball seriously, they are peeved over the plan to drop the national game. They are so stirred that they threaten to take the conference by the figurative heels and hurl it out the figurative window. The Illini is perfectly willing to hook up with Michigan and is eager to be alligned [sic] with some eastern school, preferably Dartmouth.
...
Ohio State is also displeased, but as State has just broken into the conference, it is not likely to make a splurge.
...
There would be much rejoicing at Ann Arbor if Illinois pulled away from the conference and effected a combination with Michigan.

It’s hard to imagine what college athletics would look like right now if the conference now known as the Big Ten had fallen apart in 1915-16.

Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio State would have started a new league, I guess, with Dartmouth in there as well. They probably would have needed additional eastern schools, but I can’t believe Ohio State and Michigan would ever be caught dead in a conference with, say, Rutgers. That’s just crazy talk.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, dugout, history

 

 

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