The Western Kentucky and Flrodia Atlantic Baseball teams recently experienced a lengthy rain delay in one of their games. But they made the best of it by putting on some creative and humorous skits. Here, for your enjoyment, is Rain Delay Theatre.
You may never have heard of Pat Venditte. Pat is a "switch pitcher" for the Creighton Blue Jay baseball team. He grew up in Omaha and is the little brother of one of the guys I hung around with during my time in Omaha back in the early 90's. Here's his Wikipedia entry and here's a snippet:
I remember the batting cage being built across the street from his house, in a vacant lot his father had bought. In 1990-1991 or so, Pat's brother asked me if I wanted to catch his little brother (Patty, they called him) and I thought, "Sure. What the hell. What can a little 4 (5)-year old throw? It'll be kind of cute."
Cute, my ass. That little kid had a good arm, good enough for the Yanks to draft him 15-16 years later.
How much weight should we put on OSU's recent success in the decision to bring baseball back to OU? Are Duck boosters just nutty over the fact that the Beavers are having great success in baseball while the ducks can't even swim in the same pond?
Is this an overall sign that college baseball is as healthy as ever?
How much credit should we give to the current playoff format, a format that gives northern teams a fighting chance at winning championships?
Will Iowa State and Colorado bring back their college baseball programs?
Louisville has forced a deciding game against Missouri in their NCAA tournament regional. The issue was forced when Louisville 3rd baseman/pitcher Chris Dominguez hit a game-winning 2-run shot in the 8th inning. But it wasn't the home run that forced every issue, especially the Tigers being hot under the collar. That issue was forced by Dominguez 's behavior as his celebration became rather external:
Louisville third baseman Chris Dominguez beat the Tigers with a two-run
eighth-inning home run deep into Missouri’s left-field bullpen. Then
Dominguez, throughout his trot around the bases, verbally taunted the
Missouri players. He turned backward. He hopped up and down. He
gestured toward a Missouri team straining to stay on the top step of
...When Louisville took up its defensive positions for the bottom of the
eighth, Dominguez was apparently still on the offensive. Suddenly, the
Missouri dugout, located just a short sprint from Dominguez at third
base, erupted in a collective roar.
In a recent paper that appeared in Economic Inquiry, (a discussion of which is in JC Bradbury's excellent book The Baseball Economist), Bradbury and Doug Drinen. found evidence that the price of throwing at batters is an important determinant in the number of hit batsmen. Pitchers were more likely to hit batters when the price of doing so was low. For example, if the Cubs are up by 9 in the 8th inning and their bullpen is fresh, hitting a batter puts a runner on base and it could get the pitcher tossed out. But a 9-run lead is hard to over come in general, let alone after the 7th inning. One extra runner doesn't mean much and there are plenty of fresh pitchers in the bullpen.
But today's game between Louisville and the Tigers is do-or-die and the stakes are high. The winner advances. The loser goes (or, god forbid, stays) home. So if retaliation is going to occur, it will occur when the "price" of doing so is low, if the game is out of reach in the late innings.
There may be other things that happen throughout the game that can be retaliatory: a player going spikes up into second, close inside pitches, an extra hard slide into home. But if Louisville or Mizzou is up big late in the game, Mr. Dominguez may want to watch his chin when he comes up to bat.
The University of San Diego has teamed up with San Diego State to host a regional.
USD's stadium is small, with 1,200 seats and it does not have any
lights. Tony Gwynn stadium is larger (3,000) seats and is considered
by some to be one of the best college ballparks in the nation. Like
Mizzou, however, high school baseball play was scheduled at SDSU's
ballpark during the times of the regionals. Although I couldn't find
confirmation online, like Mizzou, it appears the conflict has been
The payoff for USD is obvious: they get to play a regional in San Diego. For SDSU, they get to showcase their stadium and, probably just as important, they get rental payments from USD. Yes, Virginia. Even cross-town rivals have reservations prices.
I hadn't heard of this until today, but the great USC baseball coach, Rod Dedeaux, died on Jan 5th.
Legendary former longtime USC baseball head coach Raoul "Rod" Dedeaux,
who led the Trojans to a record 11 national championships, coached
nearly 60 future major leaguers and was an ambassador for baseball's
international popularity, died Thursday (Jan. 5) in Glendale, Calif.,
of complications from a stroke that he had suffered on Dec. 2. He was