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"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Refocusing on College Baseball

As we've talked about ad nauseum here for the past two weeks, all of the Marlins content that we previously wrote here is now appearing at our new site – Fish Stripes. That hasn't left a whole lot of content to appear here. Instead of letting the site die a slow death and instead of writing about mundane personal things, the new direction for this site is going to involve college baseball.

Long time readers of this site know that we are Miami Hurricane fans here. And, as usual, the Canes have a pretty good baseball team again this year. Long time readers also probably know that we like college baseball just as much as we like major league and professional baseball.

So college baseball it will be – well, at least until football season rolls around.

And now's a good time for any baseball fan to start getting into college baseball. Not only are conference races heating up, but there's much more college baseball on television. This has been made possible because of the hockey strike, which has freed up a lot of hours of programming on ESPN – which has resorted to showing things like curling on the weekends.

Tonight's television coverage features Tulane and Louisiana State on ESPN2 at 7. While LSU isn't living up to its reputation as a national power this year, Tulane is more than fitting the bill.

Canes fans will also find some familiar names dotting the Tulane lineup, as catcher Matt Dini and outfielder Matt Barket are key contributors for the Golden Wave. Neither was receiving adequate playing time for Miami, and that ultimately led to both players transferring elsewhere.

Tulane also features one of the best players in the nation in Micah Owings (formerly of Georgia Tech). Owings is hitting .325 on the season and has an ERA of 3.75.

Owings is one of the reasons to watch college baseball – even if you don't have a favorite team. He's a guy who's likely to be a high draft pick this year, and there's probably still considerable debate as to whether he'll be drafted as a pitcher or a position player. Watch the game tonight and you can draw your own conclusion.

You can check out ESPN's full slate of college baseball coverage here (and you may want to check back often as they seem to still be adding games).

2 Comments:

  • At 2:52 AM, April 21, 2005, Anonymous craig said…

    Cool! I love college baseball. Do you mind if a Rice baseball fan comes by from time to time.

    I completely agree that Tulane is for real. They also have something to prove after the raw deal they were dealt last year in the championship game at the Fullerton super regional.

     
  • At 11:06 AM, April 21, 2005, Blogger Mike said…

    Rice fans - and fans of any other team - are always welcome!

    Hopefully by next week we'll get into more national coverage (with less emphasis on just the Canes).

     

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