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I agree that Point is back but you need more than one good season to prove it to all.  I expect this is the season that everyone knows whether last yearf was a fluke or a sign of things to come.  I expect the latter.

You beat me to it I've been eagerly waiting each day to see Points roster and my God at least Pointer fans will have something to look forward to given this roster and who all returned.  I don't see how Point wasn't ranked in the top 25 preseason poll given how they finished last season although I'm not sure voters knew if some of the seniors were coming back.

New York Region / Re: BB: LL: Liberty League
« on: February 18, 2022, 08:29:33 am »
They might be just trying to find the right combination for a non-conference/conference schedule. You need tough non-conference games for an at large bid but if you have too few games out of conference, it could hurt the chances of a second place team making the playoffs.

New York Region / Re: BB: SUNYAC
« on: February 18, 2022, 08:20:55 am »
I will get a chance to see Cortland when they visit Roanoke.  Having moved to the lower 48last year, I sat out the regular season last year but have a couple games already on my radar.

Mideast Region / Re: Rank the Mideast Region
« on: February 18, 2022, 08:17:04 am »
Brewer is all in for an other title at Marietta.

Multi-region conferences / Re: BB: UAA: University Athletic Association
« on: February 09, 2022, 08:55:25 am »
Emory won their season opener vs Berry today, 17-5, in Atlanta.

Congrats to Emory baseball coach Mike Twardoski-- 600 career wins.

Next up for Emory is a 3 game series vs Covenant.  The Eagles will play at Covenant on Friday, and then host a doubleheader vs Covenant this Saturday.

I applaud Coach T's 600th win. He is a good guy and plays the right way.

West Region / Re: BB: Top Teams in West Region
« on: February 09, 2022, 08:54:24 am »
In the SCIAC -NWC crossover weekend, the top teams did okay. Everyone is off to a good start.

Pro ball / Re: MiLB Topics
« on: October 20, 2021, 08:39:03 pm »
About the 15-second pitch clock...

At a Low-A game between Rancho Cucamonga and San Jose in August, three high-ranking Major League Baseball officials sat in the stands and watched the league’s experimental playing rules unfold in real time.

Senior vice president of minor league operations and development Peter Woodfork and senior vice presidents of on-field operations Michael Hill and Raul Ibañez sat about a dozen rows behind home plate at Rancho Cucamonga’s LoanMart Field. They watched as Rancho Cucamonga and San Jose completed a nine-inning game in 2 hours, 28 minutes. The night before, they saw Lake Elsinore and Inland Empire finish a game in 2:24. Both games were played with a 15-second pitch clock, which was implemented in Low-A West earlier in the season.
That will make the game more enjoyable!

If this is he case we can get rid of the abhorrent auto IBB and the runner on second in extra innings.

Pro ball / Re: MLB Topics
« on: October 20, 2021, 08:36:26 pm »
0-for-4 tonite :(, but a lesser stat I hadn't previously noticed.  He also has 598 doubles.  Only TWO players have ever had 500 HRs, 3,000 hits and 600 doubles: Albert Pujols and Henry Aaron.  Miggy will (barring injury) soon make it three.  Pretty good company, I'd say! ;D

Only one has made it into the Hall of Fame.  Just saying.

National topics / Re: 2021 Playoffs
« on: June 25, 2021, 09:09:28 am »
That  the game is not adopted by the local fans (they were waiting for the Kernals to return), is a sign that the tour in Cedar Rapids will be short. On the Cleveland.

Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: BB: NJAC: New Jersey Athletic Conference
« on: June 25, 2021, 09:06:30 am »
A lot of senior laden teams with lots of players returning for a fifth year. Rowan had a lot of seniors who were key contributors but a good core returning.

you cannot be compelled to play 3 games in one day in the playoffs.  FYI - Coe played three on Friday.

Mideast Region / Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: May 23, 2021, 05:53:40 pm »
I expect them to scrape it next year

I am not a fan of the single game elimination style tournament when the NCAA has had a double elimination bracket for as long as I can remember.  Both Mount and Marietta proved that they were the best two teams in the league this year and they made the finals so it worked out.  In a single game, one pitcher can get hot and dominate a better team.  The double elimination format forces a team to have the depth that the postseason regularly requires.  I understand this year is different and am glad the OAC included 6 teams, just wish I liked the format better.  Definitely happy that the championship is best of 3.

Expectations for UWW is why they are ranked and UWSP is not.  Hard to move up the poll when the season is shorter when your expectations were low.  Check out La Roche who is fighting to get into the top 25 with just one loss.

By no means am I saying Whitewater shouldn’t be ranked or Point should be in front of them. My point is they are a 30 win team who tied for first in the wiac and their not ranked in top 25 and it’s a joke. There’s no way the Pointers with the offense they have along with having an elite ace in Schultz that their not at least 20-25th best team.

Central Region / Re: BB: MWC: Midwest Conference
« on: May 17, 2021, 08:54:50 am »
Hmmm - never happened or delayed.

SNC leaving the Midwest conference:

St. Norbert Athletics to Join Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, April 3, 2019 |
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College's intercollegiate athletics program will join the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, the conference announced today. The Green Knights will compete in the NACC beginning in the 2020-21 school year.

"Extensive study of our athletic department and the quality of academic experience for our student-athletes led us to explore Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference membership," St. Norbert College President Brian Bruess said. "Our student-athletes will be spending significantly less time away from campus allowing for a more integrated student experience."

"St. Norbert College is a fine academic institution with a strong record of athletic success and a deep commitment to student achievement," said Dr. Scott Flanagan, Edgewood College president and President of the NACC's Executive Committee. "Those reasons, along with their location near our current geographical area, make St. Norbert an exceptional fit for the NACC. We are excited to welcome St. Norbert to the conference."

The NACC, of which St. Norbert was already an affiliate member for men’s volleyball, consists of 13 schools in Wisconsin and Illinois. Wisconsin members include Alverno College, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Wisconsin Lutheran College (all of Milwaukee), Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon), Edgewood College (Madison), Lakeland University (Plymouth) and Marian University (Fond du Lac). Illinois members include Concordia University Chicago and Dominican University (both of River Forest), Aurora University (Aurora), Benedictine University (Lisle), Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) and Rockford University (Rockford). St. Norbert is already partners in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association with MSOE, Concordia Wisconsin, Marian and Aurora.

"We are very pleased to have St. Norbert College join the NACC as our 14th full-time member," said NACC Commissioner Dr. G. Steven Larson. "St. Norbert brings a commitment to both academics and athletics that mirrors the core values of the NACC. They will be a strong partner as we continue to grow into our expanded geographic footprint."

"A vibrant and competitive program will enhance our student-athletes' overall experience," St. Norbert athletics director Tim Bald said. "With significantly less travel, our student-athletes will have more occasions to engage with our faculty and the community of St. Norbert College."

The move to the NACC will end membership in the Midwest Conference, which has nine other members located in Wisconsin (Lawrence University, Ripon College and Beloit College), Illinois (Lake Forest College, Knox College, Monmouth College and Illinois College) and Iowa (Cornell College and Grinnell College). The Green Knights won 121 Midwest Conference championships in 14 different sports while appearing in 66 NCAA Division III Tournaments after joining the league full-time in 1983. St. Norbert also won 19 Midwest Conference All-Sports Trophies - 15 for women and four for men - despite not fielding men’s and women’s swimming until 2018-19.

"We will miss our many rivalries and relationships built over nearly four decades as a Midwest Conference member and aim to maintain many as non-conference competition in the future," Bruess said. "We are looking forward to growing our existing relationships with NACC members."

"Our reduced travel in a smaller geographic footprint will be less strenuous on our student-athletes, coaching staff and support staff," Bald said. "We are still aligned with institutions of similar academic excellence and missions, while easing demands on schedules and budgets."

St. Norbert will reacquaint itself with long-running series against NACC schools dating prior to World War II. The Green Knights began men’s basketball series with Concordia Wisconsin in 1924-25, with Lakeland in 1932-33 and with MSOE in 1933-34.

St. Norbert has a 23-sport athletics program, with 19 of those competing in every championship the NACC sponsors. Men's NACC champions are sponsored in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball. Women's NACC champions are sponsored in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball.

Occasionally I will put two players in the same position.  I have always done this for starting pitcher and reliever more often than any other position.  You can look back and find out that this was the first year I have done this occasionally for positions other than outfielder. 

Exactly. Why are there two shortstops on this past week's team when there weren't two shortstops on the previous week's team?

Lest this just be interpreted as the partisan grousing of North Park fans, let me state for the record that, like Mr. B, I am convinced that Jim Dixon has a tough task to put together the Team of the Week every seven days throughout the baseball season. More than any other sport covered by, baseball on this level has wildly disparate scheduling (and, thus, wildly disparate outcomes for the players involved), which I think makes his job harder than the parallel work done for football and basketball.

But, given Jake Reinhardt's body of work two weeks ago, and in light of this week's decision to put two shortstops on the Team of the Week, I think that these are fair points that we're raising.

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