Off The Top Of Sorenson’s Head, May 2Columns
• Five Quick Hits
• Eight For Omaha
• The Quest For 10 Wins
• Larry Bird … Baseball Player?
In terms of the regular season, it’s three down and one to go. Hard to believe we are already at the end of the third month of the season. The preliminaries are done with, now we just have the final stretch of the season. This is where the rubber hits the road, the nose meets the grindstone and where we will have all the grist for the mill. Use whatever analogy you’d like, the point is, February, March and April are done. We have only the cruelest month of all remaining: May.
For college baseball the month of May means it’s where dreams go to die. It’s where schedules are completed. It’s where seasons come to an end… for most teams. By the time we get done with this next month there will only be 64 teams still playing baseball in the D1 college ranks. But before we get to the month of May, let’s take a look back at what we learned from the month of April.
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE MONTH OF APRIL
It was an eventful third month of the season in the calendars’ fourth month…
– We saw, once again, that college baseball is the unwanted red-headed step-child of college sports.
Face it StitchHeads, our sport has zero street cred with the NCAA and in this case particularly the athletic directors around the country. Unless you’ve been living under a rock (okay, or if you’re not a college baseball fan, which begs the question: what are you doing on this website?) by now you’ve probably heard that the vote by Athletic Directors across the country for a third paid assistant coach did not pass two weeks ago. So just add that to the numerous things that have given our sport another kick in the crotch. I mean really, if the paltry 11.7 scholarships per program wasn’t humiliating enough, right?
– Injuries are the work of the devil.
As is always the case, our sport has taken on a lot of injuries as the season has gone on. But this time there more marquee names were shelved for the season in the month of April, including big timers like Kevin Abel of Oregon State, Davis Daniel of Auburn, Sahid Valenzuela of Cal State Fullerton and Sean Mooney of St. John’s. Ugh. Unfortunately this can’t be helped.
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