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National topics / Re: BB: Pool B
« on: July 23, 2009, 01:50:17 pm »
Thanks Ralph...

Witch out everyone, Pool B is recruiting teams... LOL.

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General Division III issues / Re: Cost-containment measures
« on: July 23, 2009, 01:47:52 pm »
Wydown

For soccer, I didn't say it clearly, but was thinking of perhaps 4 teams going to one site and playing either 2 games in 2 days or 3 games in 3 days.  Save on travel... by all going to one site.  perhaps it doesn't led to soccer...

I think it would work for baseball and softball... just like it does for volleyball.

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General Division III issues / Re: Cost-containment measures
« on: July 22, 2009, 03:06:20 pm »
I beleive that the SUNYAC has done this with volleyball for the last 15 years or more...  this type of scheduling lends its self to volleyball because of the type of tournaments they play.

Could it work with other sports like Soccer, baseball, softball?  Others... 


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National topics / Re: BB: Pool B
« on: July 22, 2009, 03:02:59 pm »
Excuse me for being a little fuzzy on this... several construction projects in our faciliites here at work so haven't stayed up to date...  but isn't Ithaca planning on joining the Liberty League in a couple of years too?  That would move then into pool A.


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National topics / Re: BB: Pool B
« on: July 20, 2009, 11:08:16 am »
Its amazing what one move by a single school can do to the entire picture...  Pool B bids will go to teams from the WIAC if they fall to six teams.  That will impact a lot of teams in other areas. 

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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: May 28, 2009, 12:03:32 pm »
Quote
THis seems like an easy decision in my book with this school+ these d1 athletes don't get the d3 concept:

No the student athletes don't get it... but from a D-I school like Centenary I can understand that with all the MLB, NBA and NFL players they turn out annually. 

Going to D-III would be "folding the tent"?  What is this guy talking about?  I won't lump the administration in with this lunk head as I think that the administration knows what D-III is all about and would work within that environment... that is part of the reason they are considering it.  It's most likely just the student athletes who think they are superior that don't get it?

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National topics / Re: Reflections
« on: May 27, 2009, 12:49:52 pm »
We will all go through this... we did last year.  It was something that we knew was coming, but it was still unbelievabley emotional when he had thrown his last pitch and had his last at bat.

We still went to some games this year and made phone calls to our  friends who are parents of boys still playing to check on the score of the games... it was fun, but it wasn't the same.  Yes we still pulled for the team... and we knew almost all of the boys.  But our son not being there it just wasn't the same.

We didn't make it to the tournament during his 4 years... but we played in four conference tournaments and two championship games so we completed to get there on the field.  It was a truely terrific and magical time for us as parents.   We've watched both our boys go through all the things that happen when they grow up, and watching him compete in athletics was a really rewarding experience.  I hope everyone who goes through it enjoys it as much as we did...

And yes it is always to short and went too fast...

Thanks for jarring the memories again...  At the end of last season, Rob and I went to the World Series together... it was a really great trip!  One I will never forget... it was really special spending time with just him and hearing how much he knew about the game of baseball that I helped him learn to love as a kid.  Wow, he knows far more then I ever did...  I sat back and watched him enjoy the games and thought about how baseball creates a bond between fathers and sons.  That trip was as much fun as watching him play for four years.  I will never forget it!!!  And hope to repeat it with him several times through the years... as I am sure that each time we go it will be special in its own way.

And I will recommend to every father who reads this... if your team doesn't reach the WS, to take your son to the world series at the end of his senior year and enjoy it together.  You will never forget it.  And if you are as lucky as I was, you will get a chance to be with that  little boy you shared baseball with for years and see that he is now a terrific young man!  He can do anything he wants to do... and I'm just glad I was lucky enough to have a front row seat to watch him grow and mature.

Thanks again for jarring the memories... and thanks Rob for allowing your mom and I to tag along and share your journey!

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National topics / Re: Scoring Questions
« on: May 26, 2009, 04:28:14 pm »
 :D

Thanks for the chuckle... always good to get a laugh in at work!

Last year I was at the World Series with my son... wish we were there again!!!

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National topics / Re: Scoring Questions
« on: May 26, 2009, 02:40:54 pm »
I saw the play again today on Sports Center... they went hit by hit through A-Rod's five hit game.  I don't see anyway (despite them calling it one) that it could ahve been called a hit.  The SS really didn't have to make any extraordinary effort to get to the ball.  He went 3 steps to his right, fielded it, set himself and the throw was just wide enough to pull the first baseman off the bag.  The throw beat A-Rod to the base by a FULL step... it wasn't close as the ball was there in plenty of time.

I know there is some discretion when a play is exceptional, but this was just routine... my first impression was that he went farther in the hole then he really did. 

Interesting quote from the interpretations... you always have the information!  Thanks...

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National topics / Re: Budget Cuts
« on: May 25, 2009, 06:10:55 pm »
Its happening at D-I level... two schools  in the northeast just dropped their baseball programs.  One was Vermont, I can't recall the second one.

That is just bad...  anyone hear rumors about any D-3 programs in danger?

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National topics / Re: Scoring Questions
« on: May 25, 2009, 06:08:47 pm »
New one... simple play.

I was watching the Yankees at Rangers game today.   A-Rod hit a ground ball to the right of Andrus at SS for the rangers.  He fielded it and threw it to Davis at first.  Davis made a hughe stretch and the ball got into the glove a full step before A-Rod reached first... the throw was a little off line and Davis pulled off the bag to catch it.  The play was scored a hit... the ball clearly beat him to first, and if the throw had been online he would have been out by a step.

What do you think of that scoring?  My opininon is that it clearly should have been an error on Andrus.  Great play to field it in the hole, but the throw that beat the runner pulled Davis off the bag.

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New York Region / Re: BB: SUNYAC
« on: May 02, 2009, 05:16:52 pm »
Cortland wins 11-6...
Avery clears the bases with a triple

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New York Region / Re: BB: SUNYAC
« on: May 02, 2009, 01:16:53 pm »
Plattburgh wins their first SUNYAC game!!!  8-6 over Fredonia...

Matt Kelly gets a doulbe play to end the game!
WP - Kelly
LP - Carlson

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New York Region / Re: BB: SUNYAC
« on: May 02, 2009, 10:06:57 am »
Dan Tracy going for Plattsburgh... Campbell is in CF.

The Plattsburgh live stats are linked from the SUNYAC baseball page.  Here is the link to the SUNYAC page:
http://www.cortland.edu/athletics/sunyacbb2009.html

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New York Region / Re: BB: SUNYAC
« on: May 02, 2009, 09:46:06 am »
Those in region losses happen in every conference tournament.  And teams that are “favorites” who don’t win their conference tournament love others to fall too!

O’Leary was hit pretty hard yesterday, and when he came out of the game as early as he did, I wondered if he would come back again today… I don’t think he threw that many pitches (25-30?).  But I do think it is going to be Campbell going first… with O’Leary coming back for the second game if they can win the first one.  It is too bad that Matt Kelly got spiked last week as his bat is missed… and despite the ERA, he is a senior who has shown he can pitch in this league.

I think it is an obvious choice that Carlson goes for Fredonia… I was mildly surprised that he didn’t pitch yesterday against Brockport.  But Saeva did a very good job… he was strong throughout the game. 

I have to say that Jason Shannon did a great job for Brockport yesterday too.  IMO, he is one of the best pitchers in the conference… any time he is on the mound against you; you are in for a tough day with the bat.  He is much better then his 5-4 record and ERA indicate.  And I have to say good job to Joe Zaccardo for his day at the plate… He has hit the ball hard all year, and did it again yesterday.

Also, the front end of Cortland’s batting order was very good yesterday… Gardner, Avery, Jackson and Nickel hit several ball right on the screws… If they continue to hit and the bull pen comes through they are going to be a tough out.  With Tone on the mound I don't think to many teams are going to beat Cortland.. espeically if they hit as they did before the rain yesterday.

I think that the pitching match up in the second game today will be Gentzke vs Ratliff.   Coach Brown seems to like to throw lefties against Brockport.

Wish we were there again today, but other obligations won’t let us be there…

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