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Friday, May 18, 2018

Illini rely on student who geeks out on baseball analytics

Nice start.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2018 at 10:42 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: May 19, 2018 at 02:48 PM (#5675644)
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 19, 2018 at 02:51 PM (#5675647)
I-L-L...
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 20, 2018 at 12:03 PM (#5675957)
As a proud son of Champaign, Illinois, I want to keep this thread alive.
   4. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 20, 2018 at 12:11 PM (#5675960)
If you spend your whole life rolling horses into Troy, you will not go to heaven, you'll go to Champaign, Illinois.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 20, 2018 at 12:15 PM (#5675962)
Excellent reference, sir.
   6. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 20, 2018 at 12:17 PM (#5675964)
Thank you. How is the Illinois baseball team? One of these years I'll start getting into college baseball.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 20, 2018 at 12:41 PM (#5675969)
Dunno. I don't follow college baseball either, and I've lived in Chicago for the last 20 years.
   8. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 20, 2018 at 01:55 PM (#5675981)
B1G baseball is...strange. Not a full conference (thanks to UW). I wouldn't say anybody is a 'power' as there's a fair amount of turnover year to year. Illinois is definitely upper tier lately. Indiana made the CWS a few years ago, which broke a long drought for the conference Historically, Michigan and Minnesota have the CWS 'hardware', and I know Ohio State won a title once.

Nebraska is the only school that draws pretty well (compared to southern or old XII mates), yet they didn't qualify for the B1G tournament this season which is in Omaha this year. As an alum, I actually predicted Nebraska would regress moving to the B1G, despite having a very nice run in the XII. They've been all over the place from 1st to as low as 8th. Erstad obviously has a lot of credibility but I'm not sure how much longer he'll make it. This is one of the worst two teams they've had since right after he was drafted.

IIRC Illinois was fairly dominant early in the conference's history. They did win a couple conference championships this decade.
   9. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: May 20, 2018 at 03:20 PM (#5675998)
One of these years I'll start getting into college baseball.
College ball is tremendous fun if you can go to a lot of games and develop a rooting interest in a local team. You generally get something of the informal atmosphere of the low minors (unless you're going to SEC games or something like that), but where the team's success over the course of the year actually matters to everyone involved. Plus games usually happen in the afternoon, which is great if you can make the time for them.
Here's a recent BA article on UNC similarly relying on a student, with examples of what's available to them. Rec'd.
Rob Woodard, now the pitching coach in the story, was the other guy in UNC's rotation with Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard. That was a tremendously fun group to watch, and Woodard in particular was the model of the likable, smart, and tough college starter who was never in a million years going to have a MLB career. I'm glad that in his coaching days he's the sort to stick his neck out on behalf of a bright and hard-working 18-year-old kid with some good ideas.
   10. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 20, 2018 at 03:38 PM (#5676007)
Back in the 1970s, I kept the stats for my college baseball team. We thought it was advanced that we kept stats such as OBP, and breakdowns for hitters against left and right hand pitchers...
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: May 20, 2018 at 04:38 PM (#5676040)
We thought it was advanced that we kept stats such as OBP, and breakdowns for hitters against left and right hand pitchers...


It was.
   12. dlf Posted: May 20, 2018 at 07:07 PM (#5676129)
You generally get something of the informal atmosphere of the low minors (unless you're going to SEC games or something like that),


I'm now 25 years out of date, but when I was in grad school in Tuscaloosa, the outfield walls backed up to the law school parking lot so I saw parts of a lot of games and all of a handful. The stands were maybe 1/3 full for most of the games and it was very low key. Of course the best player coming out of UofA then was Frank Menechino while both Gene Stallings and Wimp Sanderson had top programs for really big/tall people so attention wasn't on the diamond.
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: May 20, 2018 at 10:29 PM (#5676198)
ok, so you guys lured me into checking my alma mater's Division I college baseball record for the first time ever.
they just wrapped up a 1-26 conference season!
   14. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 20, 2018 at 11:01 PM (#5676206)
You generally get something of the informal atmosphere of the low minors (unless you're going to SEC games or something like that),


When I was at U of I in the early 80's, the baseball team played on a field just north of the Engineering buildings that looked like an expanded little league complex. I was stunned when they nearly made the CWS a few years ago. I visited the campus last fall with my Son, a prospective student, and was pleased to see a fine new baseball complex south of Kirby, replacing the old fields swallowed up by the ever expanding Engineering campus.

edit: and for face: I-N-I
   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 20, 2018 at 11:21 PM (#5676211)
and for face: I-N-I
Thank you! About time someone picked that up.

The "new" baseball field has been there for 30 years...I don't remember the old one, but apparently it was right by Uni High, where I went to high school.
   16. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 20, 2018 at 11:31 PM (#5676212)
The "new" baseball field has been there for 30 years...


Well...it's been a while. When I was there Papa Dels was on Green St. Actually, the eat in place was a dive on Wright, across the from the EE building, and the pizza factory was on Green. Now everything is on Neil.
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 20, 2018 at 11:34 PM (#5676214)
I remember the Papa Del's on Green.
   18. Chicago Joe Posted: May 20, 2018 at 11:36 PM (#5676215)
I-N-I as well. Apparently they're upgrading the baseball field further. Given C-U's general demeanor, MiLB could do well there, though I know they have littlenhistory there.
   19. Chicago Joe Posted: May 20, 2018 at 11:38 PM (#5676217)
Papa Del's is pretty far from campus at this point. Just hoping Underwood can bring us back.
   20. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 20, 2018 at 11:42 PM (#5676218)
but apparently it was right by Uni High, where I went to high school.


Well, they used to play just north of Talbot Lab, ~Wright and Springfield. This was the early 80's.
   21. Chicago Joe Posted: May 20, 2018 at 11:43 PM (#5676219)
Now that's the engineering quad, or maybe the grocery complex up there now.
   22. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 20, 2018 at 11:44 PM (#5676220)
I remember the Papa Del's on Green.


We did not get Sunday night dinner in the dorms. We ate Papa Dels 2 of 3 Sundays.
   23. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 20, 2018 at 11:45 PM (#5676221)
Now that's the engineering quad, or maybe the grocery complex up there now.


I know. I was there in November. When I was there, the engineering complex did not extend north of Springfield.
   24. Chicago Joe Posted: May 21, 2018 at 12:27 AM (#5676233)
I remember the Papa Del's on Green.


We did not get Sunday night dinner in the dorms. We ate Papa Dels 2 of 3 Sundays.


Rich boy.

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