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Messages - Jim Dixon

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Mideast Region / Re: Rank the Mideast Region
« on: December 18, 2018, 12:21:46 pm »
Posting here because UAA Board is dead.
CWRU Sched  https://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2018-19/schedule

Open in Louisville with Spalding a team that RV last season once ranked #15

Other OOC play W&J, Marietta, Heidelberg, and Wooster,

Roster  https://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2018-19/roster

Position players return pretty much intact. Only need to replace one starting pitcher and closer.

Incoming Frosh LHP Nick Denove was Naples Daily New Southwest Florida Sports Awards  baseball poy.

Spalding is a great team to start with.  They have a record of being decent so they do not hurt your SOS, Spalding just lost AA Fleming so you will not get the All-American.

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Mideast Region / Re: BB: NCAC: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: December 14, 2018, 02:05:21 pm »
Looking at Depauw's schedule:
https://www.depauwtigers.com/sports/bsb/2018-19/schedule
Looks like there longest trip is 3 or four days in Birmingham, AL.
Looking back at their schedule it does not look like they take as long trips as some of the other NCAC schools. Looks like they go down south for a 3 or 4 days. They did go out to Tucson in 2016. And in 2013 they went down to Florida.

Part of the reason to be D3 is to minimize expenses and travel is a big one for any program.

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I suspect your thinking of Cortland.

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Pro ball / Re: MLB Topics
« on: September 03, 2018, 12:34:28 pm »
9 for this game: https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SLA/SLA193409180.shtml

Not sure of a higher one.


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Pro ball / Re: MLB Topics
« on: September 03, 2018, 12:27:01 pm »
Final from Comerica: Twins 10 hits, 3 runs; Tigers 3 hits, 5 runs.

The losing team out-hitting the winning team is not unusual, but the margin of difference seems quite rare to me.

Maybe not as rare as I thought - tonite at Yankee Stadium the Tigers outhit the pinstripers, 9-2, yet lost 2-1. :( 

Daniel Norris, in his first game back from groin surgery in late April, had a perfect game thru 4, but walked the leadoff batter in the 5th, got an out, then yielded a two-run HR.  The offensively-impaired Tigers got plenty enough hits, but none at the crucial times.

This begs the question, what is the largest deficits in hits for the winning team. 

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I expect that Mark will find an opportunity with plenty of schools near Pittsburgh.

Caltech Coach Matthew Mark will be stepping down as he and his wife choose build their family closer to relatives back east.

http://www.oxyathletics.com/sports/wlax/2017-18/releases/20180823f2j2je

Best of luck good sir!

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New England Region / Re: BB: LEC: Little East Conference
« on: July 31, 2018, 07:27:01 pm »

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Pro ball / Re: Scoring Questions
« on: July 23, 2018, 01:59:35 pm »
Here is an odd one.  My first triple play in person:

9-4-5-1-3

From the pitch to the final out: 20 seconds. You have to chalk this up to "sometimes the gods are not with you"


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New England Region / Re: BB: NAC: North Atlantic Conference
« on: July 22, 2018, 01:25:46 pm »
Update -- NAC and CUNYAC to play for post-season bid.

http://www.d3baseball.com/notables/2018/07/cunyac-nac-announce-playin-series


My guess is that the NAC is using its five core members to maintain the Pool A bid and accept the CUNYAC members as "affiliates" for Pool A consideration for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

(I will appreciate other comments, but...) I think that this lays the groundwork for long term arrangement of two conferences to stay out of Pool B and have some playoff fun.

It certainly makes sense to me!

If we can get the UAA to get 7 teams, we can get rid of Pool B.

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Exit Illinois Tech, enter Finlandia...

http://www.wiacsports.com/news/2018/7/16/wiac-announces-addition-of-finlandia-university-for-baseball.aspx

Observing upper peninsula weather for the past 100 years tells me a lot of those FinnU home games are going to end up being played on the road.

I don't know how quickly we'd get our bid back but this great news.  When looking at what options the league had available Finlandia was one program I thought could be a possibility but frankly I didn't think they would go for it.  Hopefully this addition lasts longer than Ill. Tech.

The only real options for Finlandia was the WIAC or UMAC.  If the program does not get better, it will drag down the pool C chances for every other team in the WIAC.

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The answer is no.  Not a bad draft as two made the show

2006 Draft

 251. Mike Eisenberg, Marietta, rhp, Cleveland (8)
 339. Thomas Vessella, Whittier, lhp, Houston (11)
 361. Cole Kimball, Centenary, rhp, Washington (12)
 399. Chris Salamida, Oneonta State, lhp, Houston Astros (13)
 483. Raymond Stokes, Cal State East Bay, 2b, San Diego (16)
 504. Chris Heisey, Messiah, cf, Cincinnati (17)
 511. Erik Arnesen, Grove City, rhp, Washington (17)
 543. Garner Wetzel, RF, Millsaps, rf, San Diego (18)
 664. Timothy Stronach, Worcester State, rhp, New York NL (22)   
 886. Will Groff, Cortland State, 2b, St Louis (29)
 994. Teddy Dziuba, Babson, c, New York NL (33) 
1095. Matt Enuco, Rowan, 2b, Chicago AL (36)
1126. Logan Collier, Guilford, rhp, St Louis (37)
1153. Travis Beazley, Randolph Macon, rhp, Boston (38)
1200. Ted Serro, Franklin and Marshall,  rhp, Toronto (40)
1215. Andy Mead, Cortland State, of, Chicago AL (40)
1290. Cory Anderson, Coast Guard, rhp, Washington (43)
1379. Kyle Johnson, Chapman, rhp, New York NL (46)

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National topics / Re: What's The Call?
« on: June 21, 2018, 12:45:22 pm »
The umpire walked up the third base line, but I can't recall if he was in fair or foul territory.

I am not sure he knew as his attention must have been getting the call right at first.

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National topics / Re: What's The Call?
« on: June 20, 2018, 12:28:18 pm »
Sounds right but the only person in the wrong was the umpire for being in the baseline.  If he was outside the baseline then it is the runner fault but I have to guess that the ump was the obstruction from the clues.

This is a case where the ump has to take the abuse as he (and I am assuming fa ts not in evidence) could have been a non factor if he was well positioned.

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Pro ball / Re: Scoring Questions
« on: June 11, 2018, 12:49:24 pm »

Thanks, guys.  I'm happy to see the distinction made between a sac bunt and a sac fly.  The bunt is almost always a deliberate sacrifice for the cause; a sac fly is generally an attempted hit that happened to drive in a run.


Characterizing  a sac fly as an attempted hit is an over simplification.  I expect that a significant portion of sac flies are hit with the express intention to hit a fly ball.  I bet the number of intentional sac flies that fall for hits is similar to the number of intentions to get a hit but ends up being a sac fly.

This begs the odd question: Is the proportion of home runs with a runner on third and less than two outs greater than in other situations? 

I suspect the most likely hit if your intent is to hit a sac fly is the home run.  Just food for thought.

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