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Monday, October 28, 2019

Former Marshall, MLB pitcher gives $1M for college ballpark

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Marshall University and major league pitcher has donated $1 million to help build the school’s new baseball stadium.

News outlets report Rick Reed’s contribution will go toward a ballpark scheduled to open in March 2021 in Huntington.

Reed says Marshall has been in need of a new stadium for a long time and that he was happy to make the donation.



QLE Posted: October 28, 2019 at 01:13 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, rick reed, stadiums

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

NCAA Committee Approves Pitch Clock For College Baseball In 2020

After several false starts over the last decade, a 20-second pitch clock is coming to college baseball in 2020, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.

The NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the pitch clock after the Baseball Rules Committee last month recommended the measure. The 20-second clock will be enforced before all pitches. If a pitcher violates the rule, a ball will be awarded and a violation by a hitter will result in a strike.

Significantly, it will be optional for schools to install visible pitch clocks. If a school does not have a clock, an umpire will keep the time on the field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2019 at 10:19 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tulo ready to be teacher, not student, of game

DENVER—For much of the time he was building a notable Major League career, mostly with the Rockies, Troy Tulowitzki was preparing for the next act.

Tulowitzki retired last week as a member of the New York Yankees and accepted an unpaid assistant coaching job at the University of Texas.

But almost the whole time he was playing shortstop for the Rockies (2006-15) and accumulating the third-highest Baseball-Reference WAR at 39.4, he was pushing teammates to improve. Players such as current Rockies Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler and retired first baseman Jason Giambi all accepted invitations to work out with Tulowitzki at his Las Vegas home.

That’s the spirit Tulowitzki, who conducted a conference call with media on Monday, wants to bring while working with the Longhorns under head coach David Pierce.


QLE Posted: July 30, 2019 at 04:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, college baseball, troy tulowitzki

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Championship Gold: Vanderbilt baseball wins national title, beats Michigan

Vanderbilt baseball won its second national championship Wednesday, beating Michigan 8-2 in the winner-take-all title game.

Hendersonville native Mason Hickman pitched a gem. New Yorker Pat DeMarco crushed the critical home run. And Floridian Jake Eder closed out the win.

The Commodores are the best college baseball team in America.

This Vanderbilt (59-12) team may also be the best in program history. The Commodores also won the 2014 national title and finished runner-up in 2015. But this year’s squad broke the SEC record with 59 total victories, swept the SEC regular-season and tournament titles, and won 35 of their last 39 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2019 at 05:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Friday, June 14, 2019

MLB In Omaha Shows Potential Of Better Partnership With NCAA

The question remains what is to come of this arrangement. MLB and the NCAA haven’t been able to find common ground on much in the past, though the relationship has improved since Rob Manfred became commissioner. Will MLB in Omaha become an annual event the way the Little League Classic has? Will Manfred get his ultimate wish of holding the draft in Omaha just across the street from TD Ameritrade Park at CHI Health Center Convention Center? Or will the two entities continue to struggle to find common ground?

Thursday night was a good start. But there’s a lot that can be accomplished if MLB and the NCAA can find a way to improve their working relationship. The draft’s position on the schedule remains a thorn in the side of all parties and there are plenty more topics they can discuss from scholarships to increased attention on the college game from MLB’s media arm and beyond.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2019 at 08:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Kumar Rocker pitched the greatest game in college baseball history

A pitcher with a name like Kumar Rocker is bound to get noticed. With his performance on the mound Saturday night, Rocker left no doubt. That he pitched a no-hitter for Vanderbilt is a story in itself. But it gets better.

Rocker pitched that no-hitter to deliver a 3-0 win over Duke in a game Vanderbilt had to win or else they would have been eliminated from the NCAA baseball tournament super regional of which they were the host. That adds intrigue, and ups the stakes, providing much needed context for Rocker’s dominance.

Vanderbilt, the No. 2 team in the country, still needs a win on Sunday to advance to the College World Series. But that they even have a chance is thanks to the amazing Rocker.

That Rocker STRUCK OUT NINETEEN BATTERS sends his performance on Saturday into the stratosphere. He walked only two batters — Michael Rothenberg in the second inning, and Damon Lux in the sixth — and after the last walk Rocker retired his final 10 batters faced, seven by strikeout, naturally. Rocker ended the game by striking out the final four Duke batters, including whiffing the side in the ninth.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2019 at 11:11 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball




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