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(Yesterday 07:20 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  Here's a nice 2 1/2 minute video summary of yesterday's festivities...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucihiuh2P1I

Very cool! Thanks for posting!
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(Yesterday 10:57 AM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  I don't think we're going to see any change in the RBI Club, .... Hopefully, that will now change with Cheito in charge.

So, Walt, which is it?
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(Yesterday 07:46 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  
(Yesterday 10:57 AM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  I don't think we're going to see any change in the RBI Club, .... Hopefully, that will now change with Cheito in charge.

So, Walt, which is it?

It depends whether Cheito takes control of the RBI Club, as opposed to it staying in control of JK. He's got his people running the Club so it's certainly possible. Will also be interesting to see who he hires to take over Head of Baseball Operations. Daniel Watson was excellent (as was Kim Keuhn way back when), and provided a liaison to baseball supporters. Bragga's dad was a nice guy, but was essentially Matt's personal assistant, and didn't interact with the fan base.
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RE: Cruz Jr Hired as Next Coach
(Yesterday 07:52 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(Yesterday 07:46 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  
(Yesterday 10:57 AM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  I don't think we're going to see any change in the RBI Club, .... Hopefully, that will now change with Cheito in charge.

So, Walt, which is it?

It depends whether Cheito takes control of the RBI Club, as opposed to it staying in control of JK. He's got his people running the Club so it's certainly possible. Will also be interesting to see who he hires to take over Head of Baseball Operations. Daniel Watson was excellent (as was Kim Keuhn way back when), and provided a liaison to baseball supporters. Bragga's dad was a nice guy, but was essentially Matt's personal assistant, and didn't interact with the fan base.

Paul Doyle and Mike Wilson are two of Cruz Jr’s friends and were instrumental in him landing the job so why would he be incentivized to change it?
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Apparently Walt already posted a link to this story from Jesus Ortiz, long-time MLB writer and columnist:

https://ouresquina.com/2021/cruz-sets-to...rominence/

Jesus certainly had advance knowledge of Jose Jr.'s interest after talking to Enrique (and maybe others) early in the search:
https://ouresquina.com/2021/jose-cruz-jr...ater-rice/
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(Yesterday 08:20 PM)ExcitedOwl18 Wrote:  
(Yesterday 07:52 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(Yesterday 07:46 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  
(Yesterday 10:57 AM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  I don't think we're going to see any change in the RBI Club, .... Hopefully, that will now change with Cheito in charge.

So, Walt, which is it?

It depends whether Cheito takes control of the RBI Club, as opposed to it staying in control of JK. He's got his people running the Club so it's certainly possible. Will also be interesting to see who he hires to take over Head of Baseball Operations. Daniel Watson was excellent (as was Kim Keuhn way back when), and provided a liaison to baseball supporters. Bragga's dad was a nice guy, but was essentially Matt's personal assistant, and didn't interact with the fan base.

Paul Doyle and Mike Wilson are two of Cruz Jr’s friends and were instrumental in him landing the job so why would he be incentivized to change it?

I didn't say change the leadership, as I acknowledged (implicitly, without naming names) that "his people" (Paul and Mike) were leading the RBI Club. However, if the RBI Club is to retain it's old standing (measured by number of members and annual donations) Rice Baseball needs to retake control of the SIG, and be more proactive in reaching out to current, past and prospective new members.
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RE: Cruz Jr Hired as Next Coach
(Yesterday 09:19 PM)Jonathan Yardley Wrote:  Worth posting a link to this story from Jesus Ortiz, long-time MLB writer and columnist:

https://ouresquina.com/2021/cruz-sets-to...rominence/

Jesus certainly had advance knowledge of Jose Jr.'s interest after talking to Enrique (and maybe others) early in the search:
https://ouresquina.com/2021/jose-cruz-jr...ater-rice/

Jonathan, I had already posted this this afternoon in Post #138 of this thread.
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(Yesterday 09:37 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(Yesterday 09:19 PM)Jonathan Yardley Wrote:  Worth posting a link to this story from Jesus Ortiz, long-time MLB writer and columnist:

https://ouresquina.com/2021/cruz-sets-to...rominence/

Jesus certainly had advance knowledge of Jose Jr.'s interest after talking to Enrique (and maybe others) early in the search:
https://ouresquina.com/2021/jose-cruz-jr...ater-rice/

Jonathan, I had already posted this this afternoon in Post #138 of this thread.

In addition to the link you provided, Jonathan provided a link to an article from May 25 which indicated Jose's interest in the job.
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I would hope that the question of SIGs gets addressed at some point. I think that Joe's taking control of the RBI Club away from baseball was actually a significant factor in baseball's demise. Chris truly embraced the SIG concept. If you remember, on his watch, SIG contributions counted toward your Owl Club status, as long as you also gave a stated amount to the Owl Club. I think we should go back to that.
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(Yesterday 07:31 PM)Tomball Owl Wrote:  
(Yesterday 07:20 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  Here's a nice 2 1/2 minute video summary of yesterday's festivities...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucihiuh2P1I

Very cool! Thanks for posting!

Beautiful -- in some important ways, I think this epitomizes who we want to be as a university.
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Any idea who Cruz is considering as a pitching coach?

He doesn’t appear to be much of a Twitter user so looking at recent follows is of little utility.
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(Today 02:01 PM)ExcitedOwl18 Wrote:  Any idea who Cruz is considering as a pitching coach?

He doesn’t appear to be much of a Twitter user so looking at recent follows is of little utility.

From the tone of his comments my guess is that the pitching coach will come from the professional ranks and not from an existing college coach.
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(Today 03:57 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(Today 02:01 PM)ExcitedOwl18 Wrote:  Any idea who Cruz is considering as a pitching coach?
He doesn’t appear to be much of a Twitter user so looking at recent follows is of little utility.
From the tone of his comments my guess is that the pitching coach will come from the professional ranks and not from an existing college coach.

I'm wondering if Javier Vazquez might be a possibility. He worked with Jose at MLBPA.
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(Today 03:57 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(Today 02:01 PM)ExcitedOwl18 Wrote:  Any idea who Cruz is considering as a pitching coach?

He doesn’t appear to be much of a Twitter user so looking at recent follows is of little utility.

From the tone of his comments my guess is that the pitching coach will come from the professional ranks and not from an existing college coach.

That is my guess as well. Including his comments about what he learned from Wayne, I get the impression that he is really focusing on having the Rice baseball program be a clear path to the pros, INCLUDING knowing how to handle your business and succeed, not just survive beyond your career (with the education)

I think its absolutely the right thing... and a way to keep kids from leaving early to play in the minors. I suspect this is what Wayne sold to him and Cheo a long time ago, and I can't imagine that has really changed. What that LOOKS like may have changed, but the story remains.
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