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I wish someone would have asked him why he pitched to Clemons
06-22-2018 11:01 AM
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Note: Bragga graduated and played for UK. Three Rice grads (all from Lovett College, and at the same time) are on the UK faculty. One is chairman of the Math Department, one is an Anthropology professor, and one is a former Dean of the UK Medical School (and still I believe an adjunct professor for the UK Medical School).


So in the trade, it looks like Bragga is the player to be named later.
06-22-2018 11:33 AM
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(06-22-2018 11:01 AM)ausowl Wrote:  I wish someone would have asked him why he pitched to Clemons

When I was writing articles for Rice News and Sallyport, I loved asking -- or hearing others ask -- tactical questions like that at post-game press conferences. I was interested not as a way to criticize the coach, but because I was genuinely interested in the thought process. I've always found decision-making to be the most fascinating aspect of baseball, and I find it fascinating to compare the decision-making of knowledgeable coaches and players to my own thoughts to see if I'm even close.

Unfortunately, those types of questions were disappointingly rare. As another post alluded to regarding TV reporters, most folks at press conferences are there to gather quotes, not to gain understanding. As for the answers, some coaches (including Coach Graham) were generally quite matter-of-fact in saying "It didn't work, but here's why we did it" or even "Well, we shouldn't have done that", while others (but fewer than you might expect) could be a bit defensive. And neither response is really good for generating soundbites: the former type tends to give answers that are more explanatory than snappy, while the latter type of answer is not interestingly quotable.

And of course, yesterday's event was not a post-game...
06-22-2018 12:03 PM
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We made the front page of the Sports section!
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(06-22-2018 01:08 PM)jhruzek Wrote:  We made the front page of the Sports section!

Because the Astros were off, the Rockets didn't draft until late 2nd round, the Texans are shut down before camp, UT is already home from Omaha, TT got eliminated late and I guess UH didn't do anything either.

Great day for a Rice presser.
06-22-2018 01:25 PM
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Here's the radio interview Bragga did this morning on Sports Radio 610...

https://sportsradio610.radio.com/media/a...att-bragga
06-22-2018 05:25 PM
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(06-22-2018 05:25 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  Here's the radio interview Bragga did this morning on Sports Radio 610...

https://sportsradio610.radio.com/media/a...att-bragga

Thanks for the link. A little more in depth than the presser, but still no questions about the staff or recruiting approach other than he thinks Rice is an advantage in recruiting.
06-22-2018 06:52 PM
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Interview with Adam Wexler on channel 2 - no timetable for hiring assistant coaches.
In addition to Wayne, has spoken with Lance and Jose Cruz Jr.

https://www.click2houston.com/video/adam...att-bragga
06-22-2018 07:26 PM
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(06-22-2018 07:26 PM)NYNightOwl Wrote:  Interview with Adam Wexler on channel 2 - no timetable for hiring assistant coaches.
In addition to Wayne, has spoken with Lance and Jose Cruz Jr.

https://www.click2houston.com/video/adam...att-bragga

He's also called all the returning players on the roster. In fact, did that as soon as he was announced last Friday.
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(06-22-2018 07:29 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(06-22-2018 07:26 PM)NYNightOwl Wrote:  Interview with Adam Wexler on channel 2 - no timetable for hiring assistant coaches.
In addition to Wayne, has spoken with Lance and Jose Cruz Jr.

https://www.click2houston.com/video/adam...att-bragga

He's also called all the returning players on the roster. In fact, did that as soon as he was announced last Friday.

Good move.
06-23-2018 01:20 AM
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(06-22-2018 12:03 PM)georgewebb Wrote:  
(06-22-2018 11:01 AM)ausowl Wrote:  I wish someone would have asked him why he pitched to Clemons

When I was writing articles for Rice News and Sallyport, I loved asking -- or hearing others ask -- tactical questions like that at post-game press conferences. I was interested not as a way to criticize the coach, but because I was genuinely interested in the thought process. I've always found decision-making to be the most fascinating aspect of baseball, and I find it fascinating to compare the decision-making of knowledgeable coaches and players to my own thoughts to see if I'm even close.

Unfortunately, those types of questions were disappointingly rare. As another post alluded to regarding TV reporters, most folks at press conferences are there to gather quotes, not to gain understanding. As for the answers, some coaches (including Coach Graham) were generally quite matter-of-fact in saying "It didn't work, but here's why we did it" or even "Well, we shouldn't have done that", while others (but fewer than you might expect) could be a bit defensive. And neither response is really good for generating soundbites: the former type tends to give answers that are more explanatory than snappy, while the latter type of answer is not interestingly quotable.

And of course, yesterday's event was not a post-game...

"'I've always found decision-making to be the most fascinating aspect of baseball, and I find it fascinating to compare the decision-making of knowledgeable coaches and players to my own thoughts to see if I'm even close."

Exactly. Even though yesterday wasn't a post-game, he's replacing one of the acknowledged masters of game management, so one or two questions that provided an opportunity for insight into Bragga's thought process would have been welcome.

Seems like a great hire.
06-23-2018 11:14 AM
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(06-22-2018 01:08 PM)jhruzek Wrote:  We made the front page of the Sports section!
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Love the photo - high energy
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(06-22-2018 12:03 PM)georgewebb Wrote:  
(06-22-2018 11:01 AM)ausowl Wrote:  I wish someone would have asked him why he pitched to Clemons

When I was writing articles for Rice News and Sallyport, I loved asking -- or hearing others ask -- tactical questions like that at post-game press conferences. I was interested not as a way to criticize the coach, but because I was genuinely interested in the thought process. I've always found decision-making to be the most fascinating aspect of baseball, and I find it fascinating to compare the decision-making of knowledgeable coaches and players to my own thoughts to see if I'm even close.

Unfortunately, those types of questions were disappointingly rare. As another post alluded to regarding TV reporters, most folks at press conferences are there to gather quotes, not to gain understanding. As for the answers, some coaches (including Coach Graham) were generally quite matter-of-fact in saying "It didn't work, but here's why we did it" or even "Well, we shouldn't have done that", while others (but fewer than you might expect) could be a bit defensive. And neither response is really good for generating soundbites: the former type tends to give answers that are more explanatory than snappy, while the latter type of answer is not interestingly quotable.

Completely agree
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