Linfield doing the NWC proud by whomping Southern Maine today 10-1! Go Cats!
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The three Chapman pitchers who were hurt this season were all Juniors in 2012 (thus Seniors this year) Would they all be attending school a 5th year to play? That's somewhat of a rarity at the D3 level it seems?
I would think it's fairly unusual. I used to hear stories that suggested (at least) one coach would use injury waivers on freshmen that never pitched and they amounted to redshirt years. I don't want to go into much detail on that, and it doesn't really matter because the program is not really a national power and the coach is no longer at the school (and hasn't been for some time).
But considering there are no athletic scholarships, I would think that decision would be based on progress toward degree (is the player going to be doing a 5th year anyway?), cost to attend the school, and interest in a master's program the school offers.
I know a decent amount of kids who have done this in PP athletics, through joint programs with the Claremont Graduate University- usually as a simple "plus one" commitment. They get hurt for a year, but still have that year of eligibility so they pursue an advanced degree while getting to finish out their athletic careers. Most of the time it requires a lot of planning, but it might be smoother at a school like Chapman who has it's own graduate programs and thus may be able to transition from undergrad to graduate student a little easier.
The last PP baseball player to do this was Mike Silva. Turned out to be a great move for him- he had an awesome season on that 2009 team that went 37-7 and got a degree that turned into a great job right out of school. Brian Schumaker also did this at Redlands in 2008 and hit .414 with 6 home runs. I'm sure there are other examples...
Kids could also take a lighter load and extend their coursework over to a fifth year, but as you mention there are no athletic scholarships so this is an expensive route. With coaching uncertainty, if those Chapman pitchers hadn't already committed to a 5th year I doubt they will now. Anyone know for sure?
Assuming a successful rehab, the 2 seniors who were injured (McGee and Osaki) both plan to come back. Osaki changed his major just before injuring himself a year ago and was planning to come back a 5th year anyway. McGee still needs some credits to graduate. The 3rd injured pitcher, Richards, just finished his freshman year. If the 12-month rehab schedule is accurate, Osaki will start throwing off a mound during the Fall and McGee/Richards will do so perhaps in December barring any setbacks. You never how they are going to throw or if they will bounce back. Dr. Yocum said that both he and Andrews show a success rate of about 85% in which those who come back tend to throw as well as they did (and even harder in some cases - not because of the surgery but because of the incredible arm/core/strength rehab that they go through). All 3 were clocked at 90+ before their respective injuries.
Is your only defense is for you to resort to name calling rather than just stick to talking baseball.Did your Mama teach you not to call others names
I guess trolling gets you a +karma around here.
Sore losers...that's all I see here. The Linfield people are the only ones not acting like a bag of dicks.
I watched a SoCal program get to Appleton 5 times in 4 times and lucky enough to see all 4 times. Not sure if we see another SoCal program make it the near future anytime soon.
What type of playing surface will be in play for the regional? If it is anything like the McMurray field of a couple years ago, I don't think Linfield will fair very well. Their pitching really induces a lot of ground balls and choppers which is very beneficial on the soft turf at Linfield (Ball really dies when chopped vs. launching 30 ft in the air for an infield hit). I'm not trying to say that the field determines who wins, but a soft ground/turf field would greatly benefit this year's Linfield chances
Two of Linfield's three starters are fly ball pitchers, so I am not sure where you are getting that information from. And their infield is definitely the strong point of their defense. Of course, turf helps any team defensively...
I also don't think they will overlook anyone in this tournament. Getting smashes by LC State a week ago was definitely an eye-opener. Anyone can beat them on any given day, but that team will have to play its best ball.
Three teams ranked in the top 10... It is a bummer I will miss most of these games due to work.
The Linfield football contract is weak too. They did what EVERY other NWC school has done (and for the record they were very late to the party as WC11 would probably tell you) which is get rid of non-d3 teams on the schedule. Ask the guys on the 2007 Whitworth team what losing to an NAIA team can do to your playoff hopes....even when you are the champ of one of the better conferences in the country. You HAVE to do whatever you can to schedule non-conference d-3 games which isn't easy in the NWC. So the $10k investment led to a playoff run and 80+ incoming freshman who may not have come to your school otherwise. 80 x $35k...I'm no mathematician but that's a butt load of money for the UNIVERSITY.
Amen. That 10K WOU buyout wound up being a fantastic move by Linfield.
The "Bevacqua" tirade makes me yearn for the old Jim Healy Show, the greatest sports radio show ever.
For years I was a regular contributor to the Jim Healy Show. I first met Healy at Santa Anita. He was a big horse racing fan. Great handicapper. Much better than I was, for sure.
So what is everyones thoughts on the whole Rutgers situation? Allegations of verbal abuse have been made public at UW Green Bay as well.
I don't condone throwing basketballs at players heads or their genitals. However I do not have a problem being grabbed by the arm or pushed to the right defensive position. I find it amusing to read in the National papers that these big time d-1 coaches would never do anything like that. I find it hard to believe that even for coaches at the d3 level never yelled at or grabbed a player.
As a player from my youth through my college years, I will admit I got yelled at and pushed and grabbed into position plenty of time by my coach. And not once did I cry to my mommy or have my daddy write a note to the AD.
Thanks for those links, Teddy, I'll definitely read those articles. When you refer to G. Fox's "bad losses" in D3 competition, I'm assuming you mean dropping a game to Whittier and losing two to Whitman?
Whittier as you know has the capability to rise up and take a very good team down, and Whitman is an interesting team, as they can also look like world-beaters on any given day this season (which hasn't been the case for about 3 decades maybe?) They have wins against Hardin Simmons, and UT-Dallas out of conference (not a great team, but...)