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Apparently Coach T's monologue was not favorably received.

What monologue?

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I can never understand why they do this.  It seems like they put the team from the West regional in the first game all the time.  The team from the West is the only team that the time of game could realistically have an effect on.  One of the times I went to Appleton, out of the West region, we were given the earliest practice and the two early games.  For an 11:00ET game that is 8:00PT.  With all the prep time involved to get ready for a game we had to get up at what would be approximately 4:30-5:00AM PT every day we were there.  Let me tell you, for a college student that might as well be the middle of the night.  I don't think it is fair.  I think that is something that will have an effect in the Chapman/Kean game. 

If you cannot get out of bed at ANY time to play these games, you should not be there:) This part of the season is not about rest or sleep... it is about focusing the pure adrenaline that fuels your body.

I'm sorry, but I think that is an idiotic comment.  These guys are conditioned to play games at either 3:00pm or 7:00pm all year.  They also practice at the same times.  If you don't think asking a team to completely change their schedule and require them to wake up at 4:30 in the morning 3 days in a row would have no effect, then it has clearly been too long since you were directly involved in games.  I lived it.  Going from a regional championship on the west coast where you are playing afternoon games, and then flying halfway across the country and not having the time to acclimate to the time change and wake up that early takes a toll on your body. 

I remember when I played professionally trying to play a 12:00 game after playing only 7:00 games the rest of the week.  It was miserable.  We were playing a game when most of us were used to waking up.  You can use whatever cliches you want, it's not an easy task to get your body moving when it isn't used to be moving.  And, we're not asking these guys to play at 12:00, we're asking them to play at 8:00am. 

It was always an honor to go to the World Series, but we might as well have been sleepwalking through those games. 

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I can never understand why they do this.  It seems like they put the team from the West regional in the first game all the time.  The team from the West is the only team that the time of game could realistically have an effect on.  One of the times I went to Appleton, out of the West region, we were given the earliest practice and the two early games.  For an 11:00ET game that is 8:00PT.  With all the prep time involved to get ready for a game we had to get up at what would be approximately 4:30-5:00AM PT every day we were there.  Let me tell you, for a college student that might as well be the middle of the night.  I don't think it is fair.  I think that is something that will have an effect in the Chapman/Kean game. 

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West Region / Re: BB: Just Some Guy's West Region Rankings
« on: March 25, 2011, 12:49:59 am »
Top Records in the West
Texas-Tyler 22-0 1.000
Hardin Simmons 18-5 .783
Trinity-Texas 21-6 .778
Linfield 14-4 .778
Chapman 16-5 .762
UDallas 17-6 .739
Pomona Pitzer 17-6 .739
George Fox 14-5 .737
Redlands 15-6 .714

I expect to see Tyler, Linfield and Chapman in the West Regional for sure.  After that, I think the SCIAC has a long way to go before it is decided but Cal Lutheran can do a lot with a series win over La Verne and Pomona-Redlands will be a battle.  That conference should take shape in the next few weeks.  George Fox needs to win as much as they can from this point forward, same with Trinity. If Trinity does not win the SCAC tourney, they better hope it is a team from the South region so there is an extra spot in the West.  No matter what happens, this has been a very competitive season to this point.

Why is Chapman a lock and Trinity not?
Chapman is going for a bid in Pool B.  Trinity is falling in the ranks of teams that might earn an at-large bid from Pool C.  Therefore Trinity probably must win the SCAC tourney.

Doesn't Chapman have a mediocre region record?


Has anybody noticed who Chapman's competition is for pool B.  It is awful.  It doesn't matter whether they have a mediocre in region record or not.  They are a good team competing against poor competition.  I'm not talking about the teams they are playing against.  I'm talking about the teams they will be compared against for the playoffs.  It's practically a lock that they will get a bid because there aren't any other good teams left in pool B.  If they just continue to do what they are doing they will be fine.  This is one of the reasons why Chapman Baseball doesn't really want to be in the SCIAC.  They have such an easy road to the playoffs they don't have to be overly concerned about the regular season.  They know they will be in the playoffs.  They just have to make sure they are playing well when it matters most.  It's actually a good place to be if you are Chapman.

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UDallas is moving to the SCIAC.

They'll have to change the name of the conference.  Instead of the (SCIAC) Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference they could try the (SCaOSfTIAC) Southern California and One School from Texas Interscholastic Athletic Conference. 

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I don't see Chapman leaving D3 under any circumstance.  If they don't get into the SCIAC there's no reason why they would try to go NAIA or D2.  Chapman's President Doti is a big believer in having a football program for the school.  The reason Chapman went D3 when it did was so it could have a football program.  They could not afford to have a football program with the scholarships that come with that.  Chapman will not be moving to a division with scholarships as long as Doti is around.  To my knowledge this is not the first time Chapman has applied to the SCIAC either.  This is just the first time in a few years, and they posted it on their website.  

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Questions to all . . .
(1)  What are the advantages or disadvantages for a school to stay Independent?
(2)  What is the advantage for Chapman to join the SCIAC?
(3)  Is it beneficial for the SCIAC to accept Chapman?  If not, why?

Chapman joining the SCIAC for baseball is not really a good thing for anyone.  The current schools would likely not be happy, and Chapman loses their flexibility.  They used to be able to avoid the 6 games against Cal Tech and Oxy, although they have been playing Oxy lately because they have elevated their game some.  Chapman also would have to win the SCIAC now to make the playoffs, or get lucky with a pool C bid.  They would not have made the playoffs 2 years ago if this would have been the case, and they finished 3rd at the World Series that year.  However, this is not really a baseball decision.  Chapman Baseball has been fine as an Independent, and will probably be mostly unchanged in the SCIAC, if accepted.  This is for the other sports programs at Chapman.  The Basketball team can't find anyone to play them and Football would benefit from a conference schedule.  The thought is the entire athletic program would be more credible if it were in a conference.

If not, why?
Someone with the history of WHY Chapman left the SCIAC in 1952 and was not allowed back in
since then will need to be answered by people who have been around the SCIAC for a while.
I have heard there have been reasons/issues in the past but I have no knowledge of what
those were. Hopefully all have been resolved because it would great to see Chapman
join the SCIAC conference.

I don't know for certain what happened in 1952, but I do know that Chapman has been a member of almost every conceivable division of the NCAA in that time frame.  They likely left the SCIAC for another division.  As for why they haven't been accepted to the SCIAC since they have been a member of D3, it has always been my understanding that it was because of the school's academic standards.  The SCIAC didn't think Chapman was at the same academic level as the other schools.  Chapman has been improving in that area year by year.  They must feel the time was right to try this again.

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National topics / Re: BB: NCBWA/D3baseball.com Top 25
« on: March 31, 2010, 08:45:14 pm »
Redlands has run off a pretty good record so far but lets be honest, their schedule is lacking a lot.  They have played 5 games against La Sierra/Cal Tech, beat Wesleyan who lost to La Sierra (which IMO means they should drop the program), and all of the teams in the SCIAC are average at best.  The winning percentage of Redlands' opponents is well under .500.  Again, I am not taking away from their 21-3 record, but there is so much more to look at than the wins and losses.
It also comes down to the simple fact that the SCIAC has not been relevant on the national level since the late 90's.  Of all the teams that have won the SCIAC since '00, NONE of them have made it to the World Series.  No matter how great your record is during the regular season, the success you have in the post-season over the years is what others will judge you by.


Well. you may be right, but Chapman certainly doesn't have much better of a schedule. So if that is going to hurt Redlands, then lets bring Chapman down in the polls. Some of Chapman's 2010 opponents thus far:

3X Whittier (7-20)
3X Occidental (7-18)
3X McMurry (12-13)
2X Ithaca (2-9)
Rutgers Newark (6-10)
Williamette (7-13)

Yes, they play some other decent teams, but that accounts for 13 of 18 wins. I mean come on guys -- that aint too impressive. those 3 game series are weak.

Why bother having a poll at all then.  We might as well just post an RPI and not bother using any system that requires people to pay attention to the games.  

The reason Chapman is ranked as high as they are is because history tells us they deserve their position near the top of the polls.  They haven't done anything this season to indicate they don't deserve to be where they are, and where they have been for over a decade; weak schedule or not.  Also, Chapman has never been a team that purposely padded their schedule with weak teams.  Itís not their fault McMurry and Ithaca are down this year.  Those were supposed to be bigger games than they turned out to be.  Chapman took Occidental off their schedule for several years because those games were meaningless until recently when Oxy proved to be an improved team.  And they have never played Cal Tech, which you canít really blame the SCIAC for playing because they have no choice.  Their schedule does gets tougher from here on out though.

In the case of Redlands and the SCIAC even when they have a team that looks good for a large chunk of the season they show in the end that they were just a decent team and not a great team that deserved high praise.  I think Redlands has been the victim of their own history just as Chapman has been the beneficiary of theirs this season.  The thing that surprises me is that the comparisons have included Chapman at all.  Pomona should be the team that Redlands is compared to.  Where is the outcry that Pomona and Redlands have been ranked so far apart?  Their current seasons and histories are pretty close and Pomona has been ranked well above Redlands all year.  That is what surprises me.  

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They're not mutually exclusive.  A DIII baseball player only has a 40-game schedule in college and really needs to keep playing over the summer to improve his baseball skills. He also needs to maintain a training/nutrition regimen much like the one he maintains during the college season.

I think that is an excellent point.  The two don't have to be mutually exclusive.  In fact, in my experience the players who played in a summer league somewhere generally spent more time working out also.  The guys I played with that didn't play summer ball were usually working somewhere, and didn't spend much time working out.  The guys who went and played somewhere generally couldn't work, and therefore they had more time to work out. 

I would also say that I look back on my summer league experiences as some of the most memorable experiences of my life, which includes time in professional baseball. 

Baseballwise, especially for the D3 players, if you don't play in a summer league somewhere you are probably going to have a difficult time getting exposed to scouts.  Even if they didn't see you play in a summer league, what you did there is relevant because they may be familiar with the talent of that league.  It all adds up, but the more you play the more you put yourself out there to be seen.

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Why is it that in SoCal a double header is called a double hitter? It drove me crazy when I lived there and everyone insisted that I was wrong.

I don't know who you were talking to, but I've never heard it called that way until on this board recently.  Maybe it's more common in softball.

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West Region / Re: BB: West Region Independents
« on: March 01, 2010, 10:47:58 pm »
Chapman - Pomona game 1
Pomona 4
Chapman 4
Top 8

Not much offense so far.  A lot of walks in the game.  Pomona's been the recipient of a couple tough calls by the umpires.  A possible homerun called foul, their coach was ejected (for what?  I don't know).  They also had a tough call go Chapman's way at 2nd with 2 outs bases loaded.  Runner called out, looked safe.  Would have resulted in one more run and the inning continues.  Should be a good finish.

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Game ended Pomona 12 - Chapman 5.

Kang hit a two run homerun in the 8th, and that was all they needed.  Pomona's bats woke up at the end, but it was a pretty ugly game.  Chapman did not pitch well at all, they walked double digit batters, hit a few more, balked one run in, and a wild pitch scored another run.  Pomona was the better team in this game for sure.

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West Region / Re: BB: Just Some Guy's West Region Rankings
« on: March 01, 2010, 09:06:54 pm »
Chapman - Pomona game 1
Pomona 4
Chapman 4
Top 8

Not much offense so far.  A lot of walks in the game.  Pomona's been the recipient of a couple tough calls by the umpires.  A possible homerun called foul, their coach was ejected (for what?  I don't know).  They also had tough call go Chapman's way at 2nd with 2 outs bases loaded.  Runner called out, looked safe.  Would have resulted in one more run and the inning continues.  Should be a good finish.

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West Region / Re: BB: Just Some Guy's West Region Rankings
« on: March 01, 2010, 05:41:42 pm »
At this point I like the West for a 4 team regional, but it's definitely very early to speculate.

I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that there are no more 4 team regionals.  I think the smallest regional is 6 teams.  The regionals are either 8 or 6 team regionals.  Depending on who wins the SCAC, the West may have 4 pool A teams right off the bat.  SCAC, ASC, SCIAC, NWC winners.  Plus, the potential pool B in Chapman.  You only would need one more team to fill a 6 team regional, or two depending on the SCAC winner. 

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2010 season / Re: Quick Starts to 2010 Season
« on: February 18, 2010, 05:00:04 pm »
PLU is 19-1 over its past 20 games from the end of 2009 to 2010.

At this time they have to be the top ranked team in the West Region.

Outside of George Fox and Linfield series not sure who could slow them down.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves here.  Chapman is still at the top of the heap until they prove otherwise.  5 consecutive regional championships and a good start with only a loss to #2 NAIA ranked Point Loma, on a walk-off grand slam, is still worth something.  Unless they start dropping games like they did last year, they are the top team in the West.

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2010 season / Re: Who should be #1?
« on: January 29, 2010, 03:54:22 pm »
Chapman is a fantastic academic school with a great film school (what can you say... it IS Los Angeles). They also happen to be centrally located to 8-9 powerhouse junior college programs within 15-20 miles of the campus. A great place to recruit.

Chapman doesn't really take as much advantage of their local junior college programs like they used to.  And, BigPoppa, I know you know, but it is not Los Angeles.  But I understand what you're getting at.  There is, however, a team just down the road that apparently plays in LA.

This will be an interesting year for them though.  They have 14 freshmen on their current roster and 7 sophomores.  There are only 6 seniors.  Should be some new faces out there this year.

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