Vandy celebrates a national title (Aaron Fitt)

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Best Of The 2010s: End Of Decade Staff Favorites

Analysis

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Kendall Rogers

Three Favorite Players To Cover:

1.  Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
2. Alex Bregman, LSU
3. Michael Roth, South Carolina

Three Favorite Moments:

1.  The final night at Rosenblatt, opening of TD Ameritrade Park
2. Moving to seeding the Top 16 teams in the postseason. Thank you, Scott Sidwell!
3. Mike Martin’s farewell tour — mainly the intense Super Regional against LSU

Three Best Players

1.  Adley Rutschman, Oregon State
2. Brendan McKay, Louisville
3. Kris Bryant, San Diego

Three Best Teams

1.  Oregon State, 2017
2. Vanderbilt, 2019
3. Oregon State, 2018

One Thing I Want To See The Next Decade

Increase scholarships in college baseball, whether it’s by a senior relief program or more.


Aaron Fitt

Three Favorite Players To Cover:

1. Michael Roth, South Carolina
2. Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt
3. Kris Bryant, San Diego

Three Favorite Moments:

1. The final night at Rosenblatt Stadium (and the walk-off)
2. The Anthony Marks play at the 2016 CWS (read the details of the play, here)
3. Stony Brook and Kent State getting to Omaha

Three Best Players

1. Brendan McKay, Louisville
2. Adley Rutschman, Oregon State
3. Kris Bryant, San Diego

Three Best Teams

1.  South Carolina, 2011
2. Vanderbilt, 2019
3. Oregon State, 2018

One Thing I Want To See The Next Decade

Adding three rounds (best-of-three series) to the NCAA tournament leading up to Omaha.


Eric Sorenson

Three Favorite Players To Cover:

1.  Joey Falcone, Columbia
2. Bradley Haslem, Air Force
3. Scotty Scott, Hawaii

Three Favorite Moments:

1. The opening of TD Ameritrade Park for Creighton… okay, and the CWS.
2. Doing The High & Inside Baldcast with Mike Rooney for two years.
3. Well of course, getting the call from Papa Bear that he wanted me to work for D1baseball.

Three Best Players

1.  Adley Rutschman, Oregon State
2. Kris Bryant, San Diego
3. Michael Roth, South Carolina

Three Best Teams

1. Oregon State, 2017
2. Arizona State, 2010
3. Vanderbilt, 2019

One Thing I Want To See The Next Decade

Hawaii hosts its first Regional/Super Regional.


Mark Etheridge

Three Favorite Players To Cover:

1.  Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
2. Michael Roth, South Carolina
3. Alex Lange, LSU

Three Favorite Moments:

1. South Carolina sending off Rosenblatt Stadium with a walk-off
2. Vandy’s Kumar Rocker throwing a no-hitter in a Super Regional
3. UCSB’s Sam Cohen walking off Louisville in a Super Regional

Three Best Players

1. Brendan McKay, Louisville
2. Kris Bryant, San Diego
3. Thomas Eshelman, Cal State Fullerton

Three Best Teams

1. South Carolina, 2011
2. Oregon State, 2017
3. Vanderbilt, 2013

One Thing I Want To See The Next Decade

Improve pace of play in college baseball.


Shotgun Spratling

Three Favorite Players To Cover:

1. Kris Bryant, San Diego
2. David Berg, UCLA
3. Garrett Stubbs, USC

Three Favorite Moments:

1. Double no-hitters at LMU (Matt Florer going 134 pitches for a midweek no-hitter when coaches were trying to get three or four innings out of him https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B11-Gmk0sDI; Cory Abbott perfect game https://d1baseball.com/columns/mr-perfection-lmus-cory-abbott-throws-perfect-game/)
2. Wild TCU-Texas A&M super regional series ends in 16th inning (https://d1baseball.com/at-the-ballpark/instant-classic-tcu-outlasts-am-in-16-innings/)
3. Sam Cohen walk-off grand slam against Nick Burdi sends UC Santa Barbara to Omaha

Three Best Players

1. Kris Bryant, San Diego
2. Trevor Bauer, UCLA
3. Adley Rutschman, Oregon State

Three Best Teams

1. Cal State Fullerton, 2013
2. Oregon State, 2018
3. Vanderbilt, 2019

One Thing I Want To See The Next Decade

Scholarship limit increased across the board.

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