2018 All-Bats and Blogs Team Named

MacNamee WalkoffThe 2018 All-Bats and Blogs college baseball team was unveiled today. The all-star team was selected by Bats and Blogs publisher and editor Barry Allen. To be eligible for the team, I actually had to see the player in person (at least one game or a number of games) during the 2018 college baseball season.  The stats are based only on the games that I witnessed. Overall, I attended 61 college baseball games this season and saw 27 different Division I teams. There were many great individual performances during the season.

So, here is my 2018 All-Bats and Blogs College Baseball team. Continue reading “2018 All-Bats and Blogs Team Named”

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AL All-Stars Win Again

2018 ASG LogoThe American League won its sixth straight Major League All-Star Game with an 8-6, 10-inning win over the National League at the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

The teams combined for All-Star Game record 10 home runs in the game. Houston Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back home runs off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Striplin in the 10th inning.

10 Homers Set All-Star Game Record

Bregman was named the 2018 Ted Williams Most Valuable Player following the game. Bregman finished 1-for-3 with one home run and one RBI as the backup third baseman.

Bregman Leads AL Past NL in All-Star Game

A former LSU All-American shortstop, Bregman became the fifth SEC player to hit an All-Star Game home run, joining Auburn’s Bo Jackson (1989), Miss. State’s Will Clark (1992), Auburn’s Frank Thomas (1995) and Tennessee’s Todd Helton (2003).

Bregman and Jackson are the only two former SEC players to earn All-Star Game MVP honors.

Bregman Earns MVP Honors

The American League has won the last six All-Star games and 13 of 14 overall. The AL now leads the all-time series 44-43-2. This marks the first time since 1963 the AL has held the series lead in the All-Star Game.

On a personal note, I have attended 12 different All-Star events across all levels of baseball, including the 1993 All-Star Game (Baltimore), 1995 All-Star Game (Arlington), 1996 All-Star Game (Philadelphia) and 1999 All-Star Game (Boston).

Other events include 1991 Southern League All-Star Game (Chattanooga), 1993 MLB Home Run Derby (Baltimore), 1994 Triple-A All-Star Game (Nashville), 1995 Double-A All Star Game (Shreveport), 1996 Double-A All-Star Game (Trenton, NJ), 1999 Futures Game (Boston), 1999 MLB Home Run Derby (Boston), 2003 Southern League All-Star Game (Knoxville) and 2009 Southern League All-Star Game (Birmingham).

 

 

CWS Finals Game 2: OSU 5, Arkansas 3

2018 CWS LogoMatt Cronin stood on the mound, his right hand raised in the air as three Arkansas defenders tacked the foul pop up of the bat of OSU’s Caydn Greiner. The Razorbacks were about to win their first College World Series championship.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the trophy presentation, the trio of Arkansas defenders – second baseman Carson Shaddy, first baseman Jared Gates and right fielder Eric Cole – watched as the ball dropped amidst the Fayetteville triangle for a foul ball rather than a series clinching out.

Greiner and the Beavers had new life, and OSU cashed in. Continue reading “CWS Finals Game 2: OSU 5, Arkansas 3”

CWS Recaps (Thursday, June 21)

2018 CWS LogoThree SEC teams – Arkansas, Florid and Miss. State – along with Pac 12 runner up Oregon State make up the Final Four at the 2018 College World Series. This is the second time in CWS history that three teams from the same conference were among the final four teams in Omaha.  Three SEC Eastern Division teams (South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt) and Virginia comprised the final four teams in 2011.

An SEC team is guaranteed a spot in the CWS Finals. The SEC team has had a team play in the finals 10 times in the last 11 years, including the 2018 season. Coastal Carolina and Arizona played for the 2016 CWS Championship, which is the only time since 2008 the SEC was not represented in the finals. Continue reading “CWS Recaps (Thursday, June 21)”

SEC Tournament Recap

SEC Tounrey PhotoOLE MISS WINS THIRD TOURNAMENT TITLE:
The Ole Miss Rebels captured the 2018 SEC Tournament championship with a 9-1 win over LSU in Sunday’s championship game. The Rebels iced the game with a four-run seventh inning, highlighted by a two-run single from Will Golsan and two-run home run from Tim Rowe. Michael Fitzsimmons added a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the ninth inning. Ole Miss won its third SEC Tournament championship on Sunday. The Rebels also won the title in 1977 and 2006. Continue reading “SEC Tournament Recap”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, May 19)

sec-baseball-logoOle Miss won a share of the SEC Western Division championship; Mississippi State swept No. 1 ranked Florida and Missouri claimed the final SEC Tournament spot with a series-clinching win over Tennessee on Saturday.

For only the second time in league history, nine SEC teams finished with .500 or better conference record (it also happened in 2016).

Here are Saturday’s SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, May 19)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, May 18)

sec-baseball-logoWelcome to the final day of the 2018 SEC baseball regular season!

There is still so much to be played for in the final seven games on the regular-season schedule.  Arkansas and Ole Miss are battling for the SEC Western Division title. The Missouri-Tennessee winner earns the No. 12 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament.

SEC Tournament seeding will be a major factor on the final day of the regular season.

Here are Friday’s SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, May 18)”