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D3baseball.com: Around the Nation
« on: February 11, 2012, 10:54:32 pm »
Thank you to those who sent feedback after the ATN debut.

My area's winter weather had been mild, but we've been reminded recently that the upper Midwest has four distinct seasons. The wind chill is -6 in my town as I type, but my humblebrag is that I will venture out to see my first live baseball game of the season next weekend.

Providing it still fits, I plan to don a D3baseball.com polo shirt at the Metrodome on Feb. 19 during the 9 a.m. doubleheader. Feel free to say hello or "You stink!" if you see me. The former is how humans normally do things. The latter would really make me laugh.
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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2012, 08:13:59 am »
Who is playing? I may swing by as I love 30 min from the dome.
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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 04:48:06 pm »
Who is playing? I may swing by as I love 30 min from the dome.
Carleton and Lawrence.

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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2012, 02:57:58 am »
The NCAA assistant director of championships Q&A is in the books. I thought it would lead to a dialog on the issues discussed.

Next week's ATN is devoted to D3baseball.com contributors' predictions. The preseason poll may have been unanimous, but there are a few "upset" picks along the way.

After that is a series of columns about the BBCOR standard bats with comments and opinions from 20 D-III head coaches.

Comments or suggestions regarding past or future Around the Nation columns are welcomed.

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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2012, 11:26:15 am »
Uhh let me guess that Concordia (Tx) and UofDallas will be moving into the top25 and a few others who were preseason top 10's move down a bit....

Based on the 14 HR's in the three games of Cent/Trinity I think it is safe to say the bats have a little more pop than last year. Will be interesting to hear what the coaches think.

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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 01:16:49 am »
Several losses for top 25 teams...
#2 Chapman, #4 Linfield losing to Claremont
#5 Cortland losing to Bridgewater, VA
#20 Redlands  losing Occidental
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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2012, 10:29:17 am »
The NCAA assistant director of championships Q&A is in the books. I thought it would lead to a dialog on the issues discussed.

Next week's ATN is devoted to D3baseball.com contributors' predictions. The preseason poll may have been unanimous, but there are a few "upset" picks along the way.

After that is a series of columns about the BBCOR standard bats with comments and opinions from 20 D-III head coaches.

Comments or suggestions regarding past or future Around the Nation columns are welcomed.

Ricky -
Just wanted to comment on your ATN column:  I think your interview with Anthony Holman, the NCAA Assistant Director of Championships was outstanding material for D3 baseball fans.  Nice job!  Your baseball experience allowed you to ask great questions, providing us with the answers to the many "unanswered" questions regarding the D3 Championship selections.  I particularly enjoyed learning about the criteria used to determine the rankings and final selections, how the regional sites are selected, and the future issues the NCAA is taking into consideration.  For example, it appears that the "regional" sites may not be so geographically restricted in the future.  It would be nice to see more balance among the regions, i.e. not having so many nationally-ranked teams competing in one region.

One other question - if I recall correctly, in the initial ATN article, the NCAA selection committee stated that they review all regional sites and then release the information after approval by the final committee.  Yet, there have been two press releases (as early as January) from various schools announcing regional hosts (Christopher Newport and Linfield).  How or why are these announcements made prior to the final committee selection?  Thank you and keep up the good work!

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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2012, 02:50:01 pm »
The NCAA assistant director of championships Q&A is in the books. I thought it would lead to a dialog on the issues discussed.

Next week's ATN is devoted to D3baseball.com contributors' predictions. The preseason poll may have been unanimous, but there are a few "upset" picks along the way.

After that is a series of columns about the BBCOR standard bats with comments and opinions from 20 D-III head coaches.

Comments or suggestions regarding past or future Around the Nation columns are welcomed.

Ricky -
Just wanted to comment on your ATN column:  I think your interview with Anthony Holman, the NCAA Assistant Director of Championships was outstanding material for D3 baseball fans.  Nice job!  Your baseball experience allowed you to ask great questions, providing us with the answers to the many "unanswered" questions regarding the D3 Championship selections.  I particularly enjoyed learning about the criteria used to determine the rankings and final selections, how the regional sites are selected, and the future issues the NCAA is taking into consideration.  For example, it appears that the "regional" sites may not be so geographically restricted in the future.  It would be nice to see more balance among the regions, i.e. not having so many nationally-ranked teams competing in one region.

One other question - if I recall correctly, in the initial ATN article, the NCAA selection committee stated that they review all regional sites and then release the information after approval by the final committee.  Yet, there have been two press releases (as early as January) from various schools announcing regional hosts (Christopher Newport and Linfield).  How or why are these announcements made prior to the final committee selection?  Thank you and keep up the good work!
Good point. I inquired about potential regional hosts in the past 10 days but have not received a response. While CNU and LC have been mentioned, I think it's wise to wait for the official announcement.

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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2012, 03:23:58 pm »
It was nice to meet some people at the Metrodome yesterday. If you're reading this, thank you for stopping for a chat.

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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2012, 07:26:13 pm »
Just curious - when will the regular weekly Top 25 polls begin?  Next week?

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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2012, 10:41:28 am »
Ricky - Thanks for the column I enjoy it every week and even learn a little bit from your discussion with the NCAA. I will point out one thing about Courtland that everyone needs to remember. Courtland lost all 3 openers last year when they toured the South so don't give up on them.

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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2012, 12:10:41 pm »
I love your column Ricky, but not really sure I get all of your top 10 picks. How can you move a team move from 19 to the top 10 whos has not played a game? You seem to be missing some very good teams in the West who have played challenging schedules with 8+ wins and not put them in the top 10. I think some of the posters in the boards are a bit closer to reality FWIW.

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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2012, 01:40:11 pm »
The challenge is baseball is that we don't have "10 games played" for teams in the regions other than the West and the South until about March 20th.

I have a hard time putting some team in the Top 25 in late February, who is not even going to be in the "Receiving Votes" section by April 1st.  The West Region may have 10 of the Top 60 teams in the country, but to give them elevated status in the Top 25 hard to justify intellectually. :)

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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2012, 06:27:56 pm »
I didn't see the North Coast Athletic Conference (Wooster, Ohio Wesleyan) mentioned in your pool A selections. Are they not an automatic qualifier?

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Re: Around the Nation
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2012, 07:19:35 pm »
Ricky,

One question I would have liked to see you ask the NCAA is about the apparent reluctance to split Pool A/Pool C teams from the same conference when both are ranked in the top 10, i.e. CNU/Shenandoah and Marietta/Heidelberg last year. Is it due to a desire NOT to have 2 teams from the same conference in Appleton? It is a pity if the 2nd best team in the country doesn't make it to the World Series because the best team happens to be in their conference.

Also, I would like to see every region played in the same format. If that means adding 9 more teams, I am all for it, even if it means exempting the formula they use to determine how many teams should be playing in the first place. Even if they only added 1 more team and had eight 7 team regionals it would be better than a variety of 6,7, and 8 team regionals.