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National topics / Re: NCAA Regional Rankings
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:28:09 am »
I am waiting for Spence to have at this thread... Seems right up his alley in terms on the "western-bias" or lack thereof. I think it might really benefit a West Region team to travel to a "baseball destination" for 4-5 days and pile up games vs quality opponents. It IS expensive but most cold-weather schools do this every year and make it work.
Some of the more established better supported schools in the West do travel.  It is the Arizona tournament.

SCIAC schools do get travel, but the ASC, SCAC and the NWC schools have very few teams come to Texas or the Northwest in most years, especially since Marietta has stopped coming.

I want to see if Illinois Wesleyan continues to come to Mississippi to play mid-season teams.

IWU has been doing this since at least 2002, and Coach Martel is a creature of habit.  He feels it is a great preparation tool entering conference play, and it has served the Titans well over the years.  As long as Coach Martel is at the helm, I cannot see this changing.

Most likely wheaton and north park will be the last two teams in the tournament. Also, is freshman Mike Kaufman in the lead to earn cciw pitcher of the year with a 5-1 record and 1.73 ERA?

Kaufman, in CCIW play, is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA.  Mehn is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA, however, 3 of his appearances have been in relief. 

Trying to weigh performance vs. competition, the most surprising development of the new season is the performance of the IWU pitching staff.  Not only do they lead the league in ERA (2.56 vs. next closest at 2.94), but they have an astounding strikeout to walk ratio of 91-16.

Limiting walks is a very large part of limiting runs, and they are currently only allowing a little over 1 walk per game.  This is by far the least in the league, even though in most instances they have played 1 or 2 more games than most teams in the league.  If this continues, I expect IWU to win the conference pretty easily.

All that being said, the next 9 games are against the next top 3 in the standings, so this seems to be when the conference season really begins for them.

I must say I miss the days of the point system determining the conference champion and the automatic qualifier.  It was a nice way to value the entire season as part of picking an automatic qualifier.

Central Region / Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 21, 2013, 09:22:08 am »
Very interesting the way Coach Johnson is getting a large number of transfers.  Getting guys with collegiate experience will definitely help North Park get immediate production from their newcomers.

Is Coach Johnson targeting these players or are they seeking out North Park?

Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Division III track
« on: July 24, 2012, 01:37:16 pm »
My apologies if this has been posted before, but Illinois Wesleyan is renovating the fieldhouse/track surface in the Shirk Center. 

My understanding is they are currently installing the same track surface that will be run on in London for the Olympics.

Pro ball / Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« on: July 19, 2012, 04:38:18 pm »
Macalester's Mitch Glasser (39th round, White Sox) and Amherst's Kevin Heller (40th round, Red Sox) were among draftees not signed by the deadline.

Seniors are not subject to the signing deadline.  These players are still eligible to sign.

National topics / Re: Who standsout for the 2012 draft so far??
« on: June 11, 2012, 09:25:12 am »
Brian Rauh goes in the 11th round to Washington at pick 354.
I wonder if he will sign for an amount likely to be less than $100,000 and possibly much less?
Under Major League Baseball’s latest collective bargaining agreement with its players’ union, the deadline for clubs to come to terms with their signees is July 13, as opposed to mid-August under the old terms.

The CBA changed how clubs negotiate with players. Each franchise has a varying pool of bonus money with which to sign its selections from the first 10 rounds. Clubs cannot pay draftees from the 11th round-on a signing bonus of more than $100,000.
MLB offered recommended values for each pick in the first 10 rounds – also known as slot money. If a franchise is unable to come to terms with any of its picks from the first 10 rounds, the slot value for that selection will be deducted from its pool of available bonus money.

If a franchise exceeds its bonus cap, it is subject to sizable fines and even loss of future first round draft selections.

This is not entirely accurate.  Clubs value for picks after round 10 is capped at $100k.  If they go over $100k, every dollar spend goes against their bonus pool for rounds 1-10.

Because of the scoring methodology, this year the CCIW may have done about as well as it possibly could in the Directors' Cup.  They include many sports that no CCIW school fields teams in, schools count only their 9 best teams for each gender (does any CCIW school field more than that? IWU has 9 for each gender; some NESCAC and other schools have 13+), and the scoring is equal for every sport (IWU's national title in women's basketball - 420? schools - receives the same 100 points that whoever won skiing, fencing, or rifle - 30? schools - received.  It is no surprise that the Cup is always won by one of the NESCAC schools (usually Williams; this year Middlebury).  Rather surprising is that a WIAC school UWW) managed to make #5.

Budget counts heavily for the Directors' Cup.  NESCAC schools finished #1 Middlebury, #3 Williams, #4 Amherst, #7 Tufts; WashU finished #2.

IWU has managed to finish in the top 25 every year since 2008, coming in 5th in 2010.

National topics / Re: Who standsout for the 2012 draft so far??
« on: June 06, 2012, 12:21:31 pm »
Very surprised he said this in an interview as pre-arranged deals are prohibited under the new CBA.  Teams are allowed to gauge signability, but are not allowed to come to agreements.

National topics / Re: Who standsout for the 2012 draft so far??
« on: June 06, 2012, 11:23:28 am »
I don't want to create an issue, but I feel the posts suggesting Maxwell was drafted in the 2nd round because the A's can pound him to sign cheap with the new CBA are not being totally  fair to the A's or Maxwell.
No one gets drafted in the top of the 2nd round unless they have huge talent and project to get much, much better.
The A's do a very good job of scouting and projecting.  They trade away a lot of those players eventually, but most of their top picks do very well in Milb and eventually reach MLB.
The A's have a draft budget of just under $8,500,000 and the #62 draft pick slots for $832,200.
Is the suggestion the A's will crunch the #62 pick because he is D3 and won't want to return to school?
Under the new CBA, the A's have to sign Maxwell or they lose the $832,000.
That and his ability to return to school provide him decent leverage, also, as I understand the new CBA. Unless they believe they could get him to sign for something in the range of $300,000, the amount they save on that slot does not, in my view, translate to provide a whole lot of upside to spread, meaningfully, in trying to sign their top 3 choices for too much above slot.
Based on the last several years of following the A's drafts, they get high quality talent with their first picks.
For me, #62 shows the A's like him a lot and probably used the success in his Summer Wood bat league last year as an important tool for evaluation

There is very little upside for Maxwell to return to school, therefore, I don't think there is much leverage in there.  He is a D3 kid who had a monster year and was drafted at the top of the 2nd round.  Is there anyone in the world that thinks he is going to turn down an offer of say $750k (a situation in which the A's save 82k to spend on other players) and go back to school?

My comment wasn't a knock on Maxwell.  He is a great player.  My comment was simply my opinion of the situation.

National topics / Re: Who standsout for the 2012 draft so far??
« on: June 05, 2012, 01:28:57 pm »
Bruce Maxwell drafted at #62 to the Oakland A's.

Wow... Maybe a bit too high for him, but the A's may like his signability as they took three high schoolers in the first round (plus supplementary round) which could end up costing them $$$$$$$$ to sign.

Congrats to Maxwell on his accomplishment.

I have to believe with the new CBA and the pooling of bonuses, he is seen as an easy sign so they can allocate money to their other picks.

National topics / Re: Who standsout for the 2012 draft so far??
« on: June 05, 2012, 12:14:47 pm »
Bruce Maxwell drafted at #62 to the Oakland A's. 

Granted Johnson might be a little rough for Wheaton. I guess we just would like someone that displays a little passion. I have seen Johnson play those mind games with opponents. I guess when I see him, I see a coach you hate if you play against him but love if you play for him.

Take away the profanity and I have no issue with someone who has coaches with passion and can be rough on his players. Players don't need to be babied, they need to be pushed to get better. From what I saw of Johnson, he was always thinking ahead, he had his players backs and was not afraid to take chances to succeed. This is what I mean when I say a coach of Johnson's nature would have helped Wheaton to be more successful. I have seen enough CCIW games to understand it is a tough conference. However, it is a conference that Wheaton could have been very successful in over the past few years. They should have been in the playoffs at least two of the last three years. 

The talent was there. The team had two All Americans (Martin and Golz) this year and one player (Zeller) that was previously named an All American. Combine this with another player(Mller) that was two time all region. Another player that was a quality starter (Rahn) and another all conference player (Swider).

All of the good teams I played on had players who pushed themselves to get better and didn't need a coach to push them.  Maybe this is an indictment more on the players than the coach. 

Naming a few players that received accolades after the season is great, but a great baseball team is not made by 4 or 5 players.  With the accolades received, that looks like a team that would have finished 3rd in the CCIW....

This might be crazy, but would Luke Johnson entertain the idea of going there?

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