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Baseball fever is getting to me. WMU team had their annual leadoff dinner with Frankie Ballard (country music star who played ball @ wmu) last week. What is everybody's expectations for the squad? Tough to lose Akin
02-01-2017 10:57 PM
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Even with our surprise run to 2016 MAC championship and NCAA tournament, and losing Akin -

Probably another losing season and fight to stay out of West Division cellar.
02-03-2017 09:30 AM
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Yeah my hopes aren't all that hight. NCAA Baseball needs to be changed up badly or it's going to become a southern only sport.
02-03-2017 05:44 PM
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(02-03-2017 05:44 PM)SilentStryk09 Wrote:  Yeah my hopes aren't all that hight. NCAA Baseball needs to be changed up badly or it's going to become a southern only sport.

LOVE that baseball won the MAC Championship last year, but you are right about the NCAA needing to do something to improve the sport for the NE and Midwest.

With the way things are, I question WMU continuing to fund baseball and softball programs. We may be better off using those resources elsewhere.

The NCAA has tilted the playing field strongly AGAINST programs from the midwest and NE. 05-nono
02-09-2017 11:14 AM
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It's not the NCAA.

First the American Baseball Coaches' Association would have to push for a change in seasons. Then school ADs-presidents would have to propose it for approval by NCAA membership.

Neither of those are likely to happen for several reasons (issue has been around for a long time).

FWIW to my knowledge Iowa is the only state where HS Baseball is played in the Summer.
02-09-2017 11:42 AM
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(02-09-2017 11:42 AM)MajorHoople Wrote:  It's not the NCAA.

First the American Baseball Coaches' Association would have to push for a change in seasons. Then school ADs-presidents would have to propose it for approval by NCAA membership.

Neither of those are likely to happen for several reasons (issue has been around for a long time).

FWIW to my knowledge Iowa is the only state where HS Baseball is played in the Summer.

Thanks for the info/clarification.

Bottom-line is things are not likely to change soon, if at all. WMU and its midwest & NE peers are at a strong disadvantage to their warm-weather competitors. 03-banghead

Combine that with plummeting participation numbers for youth baseball and a re-evaluation would be prudent.

That said, I hope the Broncos successfully defend their MAC Championship...and bring brown-back-to-town in their uniforms!
02-09-2017 12:03 PM
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The best baseball season might be mid-summer until early fall.

My son played baseball every year, from t-ball until the high school state quarterfinal game last season. I loved baseball probably more over the years than the other sports he played (soccer, football, basketball, and swim), but in high school the first half of the season is either a cancelled game because the field isnt playable, or they play in bitter cold. Last year, literally the first time the team was outside at all, practice included, was our first game of the season, and we played terrible. we only lost a few games all year and two of them were that day.

It would be nice to adjust the baseball season for HS and college. Even three weeks would make a huge deal.
02-10-2017 03:03 PM
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HS and College seasons need to play from May till July!

Then travel ball would not be necessary.
02-13-2017 06:31 PM
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Hey can you guys double up and sub in for Marshall today? I feel bad about the drubbing going on.
02-18-2017 03:42 PM
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(02-18-2017 03:42 PM)georgia_tech_swagger Wrote:  Hey can you guys double up and sub in for Marshall today? I feel bad about the drubbing going on.

I hope we can make it remotely competitive, but the reality is that it takes upper Midwest teams a while to get any mojo after the start of a baseball season, and particularly when we play the good programs early on we tend to struggle. Last year we had a pitcher who gave us a chance against whoever he pitched against, but he is gone now, so back to a dang team sports. Lol.

We will close our eyes and swing against the rambling wreck today swagger, and hope we connect. Who knows, even blind squirrels find an acorn now and then.
02-19-2017 07:10 AM
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