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« on: February 17, 2023, 08:36:14 AM »
Opening Day.

The fun continues through June.

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Re: College Baseball
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2023, 06:48:09 PM »
NCAA Post season begins tomorrow.
Another great season the past 3.5 months, with a month to go.

Would have liked to have seen a few more West Coast teams make the tourney.

Will the SEC continue its run of 5 of past 8 National Titles? (Vandy 2, Florida, Mississippi St. Ole Miss) and 8 of the last 12 including South Carolina 2, LSU.

8 of 14 SEC teams are hosting a regional. 10 made the NCAA Tourney. The 2 that missed their conference tourney won the past two College World Series. 2 more that missed the NCAA Tourney dismissed their coaches.

Xavier (conference tourney winner) and UConn (had a good season) are representing the Big East in the Vandy and Florida regionals.

Wake Forest is legit. Not a surprise that Erik Bakich has Clemson rolling but in year 1 is impressive.

There are at least a half dozen mid majors that can make a deep run.

Should be fun.









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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2023, 08:13:05 PM »
The amount of traction this thread has received since June sums up my excitement about college baseball.

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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2023, 08:23:07 PM »
The amount of traction this thread has received since June sums up my excitement about college baseball.

That isn’t how or why I post, to gain traction. I posted it because I enjoy it. If you or someone else does too great, if not, feel free to ignore or skip a thread.


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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2023, 12:25:09 PM »
Would have liked to have seen a few more West Coast teams make the tourney.

During the broadcast of the UC Santa Barbara-Long Beach State baseball game in the middle of May, play-by-play man Mike Ferrin relayed the conversation he had with NCAA Selection Committee Chairman John Cohen, the former Mississippi State head coach and current athletic director at Auburn. In that conversation Ferrin said that Cohen apparently admitted, “On the East Coast it’s tough to follow West Coast baseball” and called it “a blind spot” for him. At least he was being honest!

Disappointed that the Big West voted to bring back the conference baseball championship, as early as the 2025 season. It was the final NCAA Division I conference to not hold a postseason baseball championship.

Given the east coast bias, I think the conference tournament will hurt rather than help them. No guarantee the regular season conference champion gets an at large bid if they are knocked out in the post season tournament unless they have 30+ wins.

Glad to see the Fullerton Titans are back!!! Hoping for another walk off this weekend at Sunken Diamond to send Stanford home for the season - https://www.espn.com/video/clip/_/id/23682418

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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2023, 01:22:23 PM »
During the broadcast of the UC Santa Barbara-Long Beach State baseball game in the middle of May, play-by-play man Mike Ferrin relayed the conversation he had with NCAA Selection Committee Chairman John Cohen, the former Mississippi State head coach and current athletic director at Auburn. In that conversation Ferrin said that Cohen apparently admitted, “On the East Coast it’s tough to follow West Coast baseball” and called it “a blind spot” for him. At least he was being honest!

Disappointed that the Big West voted to bring back the conference baseball championship, as early as the 2025 season. It was the final NCAA Division I conference to not hold a postseason baseball championship.

Given the east coast bias, I think the conference tournament will hurt rather than help them. No guarantee the regular season conference champion gets an at large bid if they are knocked out in the post season tournament unless they have 30+ wins.

Glad to see the Fullerton Titans are back!!! Hoping for another walk off this weekend at Sunken Diamond to send Stanford home for the season - https://www.espn.com/video/clip/_/id/23682418

Irvine, ASU, USC, UCSB were all worthy teams this year. It didn't help the others when UCLA faded a bit. RPI is a limited metric. And you have 3 CA schools in the same regional. There was some discussion about U of A getting in with their league record. But too much of the discussion was about them or a different conference school, either/or vs both. There were some other solid teams too in the WCC, (Santa Clara is a nice story. LMU had a good team).Big West, (UCSD, Hawaii, CSUN).and even the WAC (with GCU.) It's good for the game to have more of that geographical balance.

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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2023, 02:37:47 PM »
Is TCU a threat? They tore through the Big XII tournament in record setting fashion. 

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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2023, 04:03:06 PM »
Is TCU a threat? They tore through the Big XII tournament in record setting fashion.

TCU is legit. They struggled mid season with their pitching depth on the back end and then they inserted two Freshmen (Klecker and Rodriguez) as starters which helped turn their season around and, has made them a hot team going into the postseason. But Rodriguez is questionable for the regional.

They win with offense up and down the lineup, a big hitter like Boyers. and supplement it with lots of speed and aggression on the bases. They will want and need higher scoring games.

Arkansas is good, especially pitching. One of the best in K’s per 9 innings. They miss a lot of bats. Balanced hitting up and down the lineup but not a lot of stars. Very good at home. TCU had a hot and dominant May after being shaky midseason. But few of those were on the road and definitely not in as tough of an environment.

Arizona is also a hot team. And they are a big slugging offensive power team and not a lot of pitching. They don’t strikeout many and don’t walk many. Pitch to contact.

Santa Clara hits for high average, little power. Bullpen is their strength.

If TCU gets good enough pitching and gets into higher scoring bullpen games they can win their regional. Which TCU will show up? The 14-2 team to finish the season or their midseason version or something else? We’ll see.

The “chalk” of the regional is Arkansas pitching vs a couple of scoring teams in TCU and U of A and a singles machine team in SCU.


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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2023, 05:17:11 PM »
RPI is a limited metric. And you have 3 CA schools in the same regional.

Not sure if you caught the RPI discussion on the NCAA selection show. The entire panel was in agreement that the RPI system is flawed and broken and needs to be replaced. The Chairman of the NCAA Baseball Committee said that the RPI system is broken and yet the committee has only used RPI metrics and continues to do so.

But the people in position to make a change are the people that benefit from the current system. The committee did make a few exceptions, like Auburn hosting with a lower RPI than Campbell.

The Confederate States may have lost the Civil War but they certainly defeat the Union for hosting 12 of the 16 regional sites. With only Stanford as the lone host west of the Mississippi, there is obviously no room for the 10 western teams. The SEC must have 7 regions to accommodate its 9 teams.

Unfortunately, West Coast teams do not have the ability to avoid playing some low RPI opponents, due to geography (mid-week games) and conference alignments. Conferences tend to rise and fall, together (RPI & financially).

Newman at UCSD won Big West Coach of the Year and they won the regular season championship, however they are still transitioning to D1 so aren't eligible for the big dance, which is good, because Fullerton gets to represent the conference in the tourney. #TusksUp

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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2023, 10:56:45 PM »
Not sure if you caught the RPI discussion on the NCAA selection show. The entire panel was in agreement that the RPI system is flawed and broken and needs to be replaced. The Chairman of the NCAA Baseball Committee said that the RPI system is broken and yet the committee has only used RPI metrics and continues to do so.

But the people in position to make a change are the people that benefit from the current system. The committee did make a few exceptions, like Auburn hosting with a lower RPI than Campbell.

The Confederate States may have lost the Civil War but they certainly defeat the Union for hosting 12 of the 16 regional sites. With only Stanford as the lone host west of the Mississippi, there is obviously no room for the 10 western teams. The SEC must have 7 regions to accommodate its 9 teams.

Unfortunately, West Coast teams do not have the ability to avoid playing some low RPI opponents, due to geography (mid-week games) and conference alignments. Conferences tend to rise and fall, together (RPI & financially).

Newman at UCSD won Big West Coach of the Year and they won the regular season championship, however they are still transitioning to D1 so aren't eligible for the big dance, which is good, because Fullerton gets to represent the conference in the tourney. #TusksUp

It isn't really productive to admit the limitations and do nothing about it. I know they are looking into NET type things for baseball. Speaking of Stanford, KP (Kyle Peterson) is a big West Coast baseball advocate, big and small. And he's a Stanford guy.

The SEC is a ridiculously good league. No doubt about it.  But I think it could have had 5 instead of 8 regional hosts. The others could have been a 2. Now 4 of those 5 are top 8 national seed quality (Florida, Vandy, LSU, Arkansas) and, UK was worthy of a regional host.

It's a deep league with deep pockets. There aren't any bad teams or programs in the league. Everyone is competitive. And that adds to the quantity factor as well.

RPI, venues, geography, $, etc a variety of factors go into hosting as well.

There's a lot of pressure for West Coast teams in non-conference and in early season series/games vs other geographies to get results. Those special event games and tourneys especially when they host early season during bad weather elsewhere.

And some of the smaller schools elsewhere have some budgets and expenses that will get your attention. Teams like Dallas Baptist have 7 figure expenses (Eric Newman used to coach there)

Getting a few of the bigger named West Coast teams back on track will help the region get more attention, including the non Power 5's. But they will need a little more investment to continue to compete and keep up. There's a lot of young talent, favorable weather, etc...

 






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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2023, 12:07:13 PM »
Top 1-9 seeds:

All but one will feature 1 vs 2 the 2nd day, meaning favored seeds won all but 1 regional. (Florida will not play a 2 seed in their regional)

Seeds 10-16:

It’s the opposite. Only 1 of those will feature chalk of 1 vs 2 seed in the regional day 2. The exception is Indiana St.





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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2023, 06:09:39 PM »
Is TCU a threat? They tore through the Big XII tournament in record setting fashion.

TCU just lucked into hosting the Super Regionals. As the better seed, Indiana St. was expected to host. However, due to a previously scheduled conflict hosting the State Special Olympics, the Super Regional will be hosted by TCU.

Indiana St. by the way was one of the best mid major (in both on field play as well as a true $550k game operating budget) teams that I saw play this season.

Kentucky had an issue as well with their regional as they were also hosting the state’s biggest music festival along with several high school state championships. They didn’t have any hotels within an hour of Lexington. So opposing teams had to stay in dorms on campus.

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« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2023, 09:37:45 AM »
Immediately after announcing Southern Mississippi will host Tennessee in Super Regionals, the Hattiesburg Courtyard Marriott price went from $135 a night to $499 a night.

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« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2023, 12:53:33 PM »
Immediately after announcing Southern Mississippi will host Tennessee in Super Regionals, the Hattiesburg Courtyard Marriott price went from $135 a night to $499 a night.
That is crazy.

Who would spend $135 per night in Hattiesburg, MS?

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« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2023, 01:17:37 PM »
That is crazy.

Who would spend $135 per night in Hattiesburg, MS?

Maybe you could get a donation from the Brett Favre fund.

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« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2023, 03:20:05 PM »
Maybe you could get a donation from the Brett Favre fund.
;D

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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2023, 09:40:19 PM »
TCU just lucked into hosting the Super Regionals. As the better seed, Indiana St. was expected to host. However, due to a previously scheduled conflict hosting the State Special Olympics, the Super Regional will be hosted by TCU.

Indiana St. by the way was one of the best mid major (in both on field play as well as a true $550k game operating budget) teams that I saw play this season.

Kentucky had an issue as well with their regional as they were also hosting the state’s biggest music festival along with several high school state championships. They didn’t have any hotels within an hour of Lexington. So opposing teams had to stay in dorms on campus.

2 games and just under 9,000 for each game at TCU.

SEC esque baseball crowds:

https://twitter.com/tcu_baseball/status/1667707346246840320?s=46&t=TsCCkuE48YmnkWfoKqc_Ng

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« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2023, 10:52:30 PM »
That Stanford/Texas ending…
Rocket Trigger Warning (wild that saying this would trigger anyone, but it's the world we live in): Black Lives Matter

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« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2023, 09:33:43 AM »
Twilight in Palo Alto is a thing. 4 private schools among the 8 is I beleive the most since 1971. And it could have been a few more.




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« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2023, 12:10:22 PM »
Twilight in Palo Alto is a thing. 4 private schools among the 8 is I beleive the most since 1971. And it could have been a few more.
Speaking of private schools, why is Creighton not a good team? They have a great stadium and BE baseball is decent (2 teams in the tourney). Just curious.

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« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2023, 12:44:28 PM »
Speaking of private schools, why is Creighton not a good team? They have a great stadium and BE baseball is decent (2 teams in the tourney). Just curious.
The partial scholarship situation in college baseball makes places like Creighton very expensive to go to vs the alternatives for lots of players.

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« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2023, 02:52:12 PM »
The partial scholarship situation in college baseball makes places like Creighton very expensive to go to vs the alternatives for lots of players.
Makes sense. Thanks.

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« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2023, 09:38:25 AM »
Not sure if you caught the RPI discussion on the NCAA selection show. The entire panel was in agreement that the RPI system is flawed and broken and needs to be replaced. The Chairman of the NCAA Baseball Committee said that the RPI system is broken and yet the committee has only used RPI metrics and continues to do so.

But the people in position to make a change are the people that benefit from the current system. The committee did make a few exceptions, like Auburn hosting with a lower RPI than Campbell.

The Confederate States may have lost the Civil War but they certainly defeat the Union for hosting 12 of the 16 regional sites. With only Stanford as the lone host west of the Mississippi, there is obviously no room for the 10 western teams. The SEC must have 7 regions to accommodate its 9 teams.

Unfortunately, West Coast teams do not have the ability to avoid playing some low RPI opponents, due to geography (mid-week games) and conference alignments. Conferences tend to rise and fall, together (RPI & financially).

Newman at UCSD won Big West Coach of the Year and they won the regular season championship, however they are still transitioning to D1 so aren't eligible for the big dance, which is good, because Fullerton gets to represent the conference in the tourney. #TusksUp

Eric Newman turned down an offer to be the HC at Washington State. They did lose their hitting coach Bryson LeBlanc to Mizzou. (he’s an alum and will join the new staff of Kerrick Jackson and Tim Jamieson)

2 time Big Ten Coach of the year Rob Vaughn left Maryland for Alabama. Previously two time CWS HC, Erik Bakich, left Michigan for Clemson last year.

Xavier LHP Justin Loer, who had a great season, is transferring to LSU.

FSU hired DBU pitching coach Micah Posey to the same position. Nice pick up there.

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« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2023, 09:29:18 PM »
For the 24th straight year, the number 1 overall seed will not be national champions. (Wake Forest) 1999 U of Miami FL was the last time.

3 of the 4 semifinalists this year were top 6 teams all season.

LSU vs Florida in the final.

It will be the 4th straight champion from the SEC. (No tourney in 2020)

5 out of last 6 CWS Champions for the SEC.

9 out of last 14 CWS Champions for the SEC.

(6 different schools, Vandy (2) South Carolina (2) Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi St.) Either Florida or LSU will get the 9th.





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« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2023, 07:29:38 PM »
Looking to go to baseball College World Series next year.

If anyone has been, I didn’t know what the best way to get tickets was? Any hotel recommendations for Omaha.
Thanks

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« Reply #25 on: June 26, 2023, 08:09:59 AM »
Looking to go to baseball College World Series next year.

If anyone has been, I didn’t know what the best way to get tickets was? Any hotel recommendations for Omaha.
Thanks
I live in Omaha, look at AirBnBs instead of hotels, which are crazy expensive. All tickets are now digital so the only best options are through those traditional routes.

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« Reply #26 on: June 26, 2023, 08:31:46 AM »
Looking to go to baseball College World Series next year.

If anyone has been, I didn’t know what the best way to get tickets was? Any hotel recommendations for Omaha.
Thanks

NCAA Ticket Exchange. Safe, secure, easy to navigate.

They used to have a same day, general admission tickets, stand in line option, which was very popular. But that ended with the pandemic and it hasn’t returned.

Hotel recs are going to depend on your budget, comfort and interests. My tip would be that the large convention center team hotels are fun for big team parties, but they are pretty ordinary when it comes to room comforts etc……

There are many close hotels which will have obviously marked up prices. Many are fine, Hampton next door is good. Keep in mind anything super close will be busy with people and some noise. Almost anything downtown, Midtown, Old Market are fine. I have known more than a few people that had to book in Iowa.

We’ve had to scramble a bit some years, due to rain etc…(there are rain delays almost every year at some point) and we have stayed near the medical center about 2.5 miles away and it was fine.(ate at Pitch Pizza)  A quiet respite near the storm, better value too. Nice little area and if $ is a concern, don’t be afraid to do something like that. Early Bird, plenty of food recs.

Check AirBnB places too. Everyone else will be staying for the same reasons. Sometimes you can get same day deals at websites like Hotel Tonight if you are scrambling a bit.

There is a circulator that runs every 10 minutes an hour before to an hour after each game. ORBIT bus is also an option.

We have tailgated near Creighton and walked some years. That’s pretty close.

Old Market is good for lunch and it is near the Fan Fest. There is always a bigger opening weekend concert.

When LSU plays, they take over the place. If you watch tonight’s game it will look like an LSU home game. So that may be tough for your team but they are a lot of fun and very generou at their tailgates. Lots of adventurous foods.

Old Mattress Factory, Blatts and some bars around the stadium will have some team parties and gatherings.





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« Reply #27 on: June 26, 2023, 09:47:57 AM »

Thank you!

Looks like a beautiful city and looking. forward to it.

I live in Omaha, look at AirBnBs instead of hotels, which are crazy expensive. All tickets are now digital so the only best options are through those traditional routes.

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« Reply #28 on: June 26, 2023, 10:14:03 AM »
Great recap!

Really appreciate it and shared it.

I was surprised the ncaa ticket exchange marks up so much, but I guess that’s what it is.

Appreciate all the recommendations

NCAA Ticket Exchange. Safe, secure, easy to navigate.

They used to have a same day, general admission tickets, stand in line option, which was very popular. But that ended with the pandemic and it hasn’t returned.

Hotel recs are going to depend on your budget, comfort and interests. My tip would be that the large convention center team hotels are fun for big team parties, but they are pretty ordinary when it comes to room comforts etc……

There are many close hotels which will have obviously marked up prices. Many are fine, Hampton next door is good. Keep in mind anything super close will be busy with people and some noise. Almost anything downtown, Midtown, Old Market are fine. I have known more than a few people that had to book in Iowa.

We’ve had to scramble a bit some years, due to rain etc…(there are rain delays almost every year at some point) and we have stayed near the medical center about 2.5 miles away and it was fine.(ate at Pitch Pizza)  A quiet respite near the storm, better value too. Nice little area and if $ is a concern, don’t be afraid to do something like that. Early Bird, plenty of food recs.

Check AirBnB places too. Everyone else will be staying for the same reasons. Sometimes you can get same day deals at websites like Hotel Tonight if you are scrambling a bit.

There is a circulator that runs every 10 minutes an hour before to an hour after each game. ORBIT bus is also an option.

We have tailgated near Creighton and walked some years. That’s pretty close.

Old Market is good for lunch and it is near the Fan Fest. There is always a bigger opening weekend concert.

When LSU plays, they take over the place. If you watch tonight’s game it will look like an LSU home game. So that may be tough for your team but they are a lot of fun and very generou at their tailgates. Lots of adventurous foods.

Old Mattress Factory, Blatts and some bars around the stadium will have some team parties and gatherings.

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« Reply #29 on: June 26, 2023, 11:46:36 AM »
Great recap!

Really appreciate it and shared it.

I was surprised the ncaa ticket exchange marks up so much, but I guess that’s what it is.

Appreciate all the recommendations

Sure. You're welcome. Feel free to ask more questions when ther arise.

You can also wait for teams to lose their 2nd game as those fans will often sell those tickets. I can guarantee you that many of those LSU fans waited. Many didn't as they often draw well. But it's common. Some people have more of a stomach for waiting until the last minute than others. Hotel Tonight has gotten me last .inute deals many times of the years. But the best time to do it js the morning of your stay. Not too late not too early.

Yes some walking distance hotels habe big mark ups. But try the little Home2Suites types of places aboit 2.5 miles down by the medical area and you'd save a lot and you wouldn't miss much..That's a pretty good sweet spot.

Also as mentioned pay atrention to which 8 teams are playing. Some bring a lot of fans some don't. It's a mix of team fans, bucket listers from far away, locals, a little bit of everything.

It's always a fun time and you never know whom you will meet or run into there. Some great stories.

If you are just going as a curiosity or bucket list thing, try for opening weekend. All of the teams are there, some concerts, good atmosphere. It gives you a good feel for it. If you have a team and just want baseball, things can open up a bit during the week.
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« Reply #30 on: June 29, 2023, 06:07:29 PM »
Congratulations to Jabari Brown for landing an SEC assistant coaching position. Well deserved. Fitting that he does it for the league’s first Black Head Coach, Kerrick Jackson.

Jabari was a player and assistant at Historically Black Claflin University in D-2 ball.

He was most recently the recipient of the Maggie Corbin Minority Baseball Apprenticeship at Vanderbilt University.

 https://vucommodores.com/the-maggie-corbin-minority-baseball-apprenticeship/


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« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2023, 09:21:49 PM »
Ended up getting a room at the Magnolia hotel fur the first weekend. Bucket list trip. No favorite team. Need air fare and tickets next!:)

Thanks again

Sure. You're welcome. Feel free to ask more questions when ther arise.

You can also wait for teams to lose their 2nd game as those fans will often sell those tickets. I can guarantee you that many of those LSU fans waited. Many didn't as they often draw well. But it's common. Some people have more of a stomach for waiting until the last minute than others. Hotel Tonight has gotten me last .inute deals many times of the years. But the best time to do it js the morning of your stay. Not too late not too early.

Yes some walking distance hotels habe big mark ups. But try the little Home2Suites types of places aboit 2.5 miles down by the medical area and you'd save a lot and you wouldn't miss much..That's a pretty good sweet spot.

Also as mentioned pay atrention to which 8 teams are playing. Some bring a lot of fans some don't. It's a mix of team fans, bucket listers from far away, locals, a little bit of everything.

It's always a fun time and you never know whom you will meet or run into there. Some great stories.

If you are just going as a curiosity or bucket list thing, try for opening weekend. All of the teams are there, some concerts, good atmosphere. It gives you a good feel for it. If you have a team and just want baseball, things can open up a bit during the week.

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« Reply #32 on: July 03, 2023, 08:31:03 AM »
Ended up getting a room at the Magnolia hotel fur the first weekend. Bucket list trip. No favorite team. Need air fare and tickets next!:)

Thanks again

Sure. You’re welcome. There are many people annually similar to you, that doesn’t have a team. You will end up spending time with fans of one or several teams while you are there.

I haven’t stayed at your hotel, but it is in a good location next to Old Market and within a mile or more of many places and events associated with the games. (Many of the teams stay at the large convention center hotel beyond the outfield, and they hold some ore and post game events there too.)

 

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« Reply #33 on: July 03, 2023, 08:43:15 AM »
Tennessee previously had one of the worst stadium set ups in SEC. The Vols released this week, renderings of their new $100 million stadium upgrades.

Some other recent ones, Ole Miss announced $40 million upgrades. Georgia announced $40 million upgrades. Vandy announced major upgrades as part of their $300 million athletic facilities upgrades. Auburn announced $30 million baseball stadium upgrades. And many of these are just to try get into the top half of the league.

Hoover, Alabama previously announced $23 million upgrades to the SEC Tourney in order to keep it there. (Popular location with fans) 





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Re: College Baseball
« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2024, 07:21:40 PM »

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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #35 on: February 01, 2024, 08:52:27 AM »
Baseball America preseason rankings. There are several rankings services used. (NCAA/D1 baseball, Baseball America, and the USA Today Coaches Poll, a baseball.writers poll etc...and RPI)

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/college-baseball-top-25-rankings/

https://www.sportswriters.net/ncbwa/news/2024/02/01/wake-forest-tops-2024-ncbwa-preseason-poll

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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2024, 05:21:50 PM »
Happy Opening Day to those who celebrate. And a belated Happy Opening Day to softball.

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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #37 on: February 16, 2024, 06:35:24 PM »
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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #38 on: February 16, 2024, 06:38:54 PM »
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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #39 on: June 10, 2024, 09:02:15 AM »
7 of the 8 teams are set for the CWS this year.  All are from the ACC or SEC - as will be whomever wins tonight to get the last spot. If Georgia beats NC State, one side of the bracket will be four SEC teams.

Also, 7 of the 8 teams will be one of the top 16 national seeds - the only one not is perennial power Florida.

One of the chalkiest CWS fields that I can remember.
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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #40 on: June 11, 2024, 02:34:46 PM »
7 of the 8 teams are set for the CWS this year.  All are from the ACC or SEC - as will be whomever wins tonight to get the last spot. If Georgia beats NC State, one side of the bracket will be four SEC teams.

Also, 7 of the 8 teams will be one of the top 16 national seeds - the only one not is perennial power Florida.

One of the chalkiest CWS fields that I can remember.

Considering 11 SEC teams got selected to the tournament, I would hope they would get at least 4 to Omaha. Can't wait for all 8 to come from the SEC next year! Kind of ridiculous that your team can make the regionals even if it finishes four games under .500 in SEC conference play.

There was an interesting article in the LA Times recently about how with the disbanding of the Pac-12, there is an opportunity for the Big West to push to become college baseball's formost conference out west.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2024-05-31/big-west-college-baseball-ucsb-pac-12-implosion


One selling point for recruits was not needing to take red eye flights to the midwest and east coast. Other than Hawai'i all of the conference schools are in California, some only a short bus ride from each other.

Another selling point was the opportunity to play for a national title being in a west coast conference. A Big Ten team has not won the College World Series since 1966. Cal State Fullerton, of the Big West, has won four times since then. I'm a Big West guy and hope this happens, but with the advent of NIL, I don't see a national title coming to a Big West school soon.

When former Long Beach State ace Juaron Watts-Brown got offered $30,000 plus a car to lease to transfer to Oklahoma State, ain't nobody in the Big West offering that type of money to anyone.

The overlooked bench player at another Power 4 school with crappy stats currently making some NIL money, his starting number to transfer is $10,000. The only other school that can pay that is another Power 4 School.

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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #41 on: June 19, 2024, 07:41:54 PM »
So Florida State was eliminated today. That means the continuation of one of the oddest streaks of futility in sports. They have now been to the College World Series 24 times (the third most all time behind Texas and Miami), and still have never won it - they've only finished second three times.

The second longest streak is 12, which is shared by Clemson and North Carolina.

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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #42 on: June 25, 2024, 12:35:47 AM »
So close.  Helluva rally but just short
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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #43 on: June 25, 2024, 05:29:06 PM »
So close.  Helluva rally but just short

Rough 24 hours
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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #44 on: June 25, 2024, 05:44:33 PM »

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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #45 on: June 25, 2024, 05:46:33 PM »
Texas fired their coach 24 hours ago. Seems this was obviously in place before he was coaching in the CWS deciding game. I get it. But it’s slimy.
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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #46 on: June 25, 2024, 05:57:24 PM »
At least Aggie fans are taking it well.

https://x.com/BoardGeniuses/status/1805732644757344555

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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #47 on: June 25, 2024, 06:35:49 PM »
Texas fired their coach 24 hours ago. Seems this was obviously in place before he was coaching in the CWS deciding game. I get it. But it’s slimy.

He said this last night.
Somewhere, Gary Barnett is blushing.

"I took the job at Texas A&M to never take another job again, and that hasn't changed in my mind," Schlossnagle said. "That's unfair to talk about something like that. ... I gave up a big part of my life to come take this job, and I've poured every ounce of my soul in this job. And I've given this job every single ounce I could possibly give it. So write that."

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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #48 on: June 25, 2024, 10:28:53 PM »
The lying sack of sh!t began that lie-filled diatribe by calling the reporter “selfish” for asking the question that had been on everyone’s mind.
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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #49 on: June 26, 2024, 07:56:11 AM »
The lying sack of sh!t began that lie-filled diatribe by calling the reporter “selfish” for asking the question that had been on everyone’s mind.
It's a terrible look for him. He deserves all the backlash he is receiving. He was not blindsided or box in with the question, he just wanted to be an a-hole. But, alas, it is college baseball and nobody will care by tomorrow.

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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #50 on: June 26, 2024, 08:00:56 AM »
He'll be booed whenever they play A&M. No one else really cares.

Which is why coaches do this. There is no blowback for them.
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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #51 on: June 26, 2024, 08:03:54 AM »
He'll be booed whenever they play A&M. No one else really cares.

Which is why coaches do this. There is no blowback for them.
Gut feeling, he will have a "family emergency" when Texas plays at A&M next year.

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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #52 on: June 26, 2024, 08:21:45 AM »
He'll face no real repercussions or consequences for his douchebaggery, but its just the latest example of how so many college coaches preach loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to their athletes even as they are loyal only to themselves.

It's also an example of why lots of us here say "good for them!" when talking about college athletes winning true freedom of movement. Coaches have had it forever, and it hasn't "ruined" college sports.

Oh, and here's an "Eff You" in advance for the next hypocrite coach who whines about the transfer portal, about transfers no longer having to sit out a season or about NIL.
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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #53 on: June 26, 2024, 09:59:58 AM »
He'll be booed whenever they play A&M. No one else really cares.

Which is why coaches do this. There is no blowback for them.

I don't think it'll impede his ability to coach and possibly win at Texas. I do think it will be a stain on his reputation. The fact I can mention Gary Barnett nearly 30 years after the fact and everybody knows exactly what I'm talking about proves that. Heck, when Saban retired, people wrote about the way he left the Dolphins.
If Schlossnagle doesn't mind that - and it doesn't seem like he does - no big deal.  But he'll always be remembered for this.

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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #54 on: June 26, 2024, 10:14:29 AM »
The lying sack of sh!t began that lie-filled diatribe by calling the reporter “selfish” for asking the question that had been on everyone’s mind.

That was the worst part. If you don't want to answer the question -- or even if you want to lie -- that's your decision. But why crap on the reporter for doing his job?
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Re: NCAA Baseball
« Reply #55 on: June 26, 2024, 11:47:17 AM »
That was the worst part. If you don't want to answer the question -- or even if you want to lie -- that's your decision. But why crap on the reporter for doing his job?
Speaks to his character. Seems to be a recurring theme for coaches Texas hires away from in state rivals.