Q&A with College Baseball Central

Joseph Healy, part of the excellent team of writers over at College Baseball Central, was kind enough to have me on their site for a New England-themed Q&A. Follow that link for a discussion of fan interest, the Cape League, Bryant, Dartmouth, UConn’s Anthony Kay, and URI’s Tyler Wilson, among other things. And be sure to take in some of CBC‘s other coverage of the season that was.

I’m working on some longer-form looks back at 2015 right now. They’ll take awhile to finish, but I’ll get them up here as soon as I’m able. Till then, enjoy the weather (yeah, I know) and, more importantly, the summer ball.

The CCBL NCAA Tournament Viewing Guide

If you’ve ever made it down to see baseball on the Cape during a summer, you’ll know how special it is to watch the best collegiate summer baseball league in the country. The calibur of play reflects the fact that the league draws from the top programs in the country, many of whom are part of the 64-team Division I Tournament that kicks off this Friday. For the third straight year, ESPN’s Bases Loaded platform will bring college baseball fans every minute of the action— you can catch every game on WatchESPN, the key moments on the NFL Redzone-style Bases Loaded channel, and select regionals on the Worldwide Leader’s TV channels. Below, I’ve compiled a list of the ’14 alumni and new faces in ’15 (not enough time to dig around for ’12s and ’13s, sorry). By my count, 222 ’14 and ’15 Cape Leaguers on 55 of the 64 teams will have a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Pop me an email (necollegebaseball@aol.com) or tweet (@NECollegeBsbl) if I missed anybody, and enjoy the baseball.

Oh, and consider the blog’s Bracket Challenge shamelessly plugged. Follow this link for more info on taking part in a little March Madness in May.

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Growing Northern College Baseball

I spent last week discussing the proposed April to August season in Division I, focusing on the drawbacks of something I think would be a net negative for the game. Today, I’ll take a slightly different approach, asking: how can we grow college baseball in the North, specifically in New England? A summer season is one idea, but I’ll offer some others as well. As always, feel free to respond below in the comments, on twitter (@NECollegeBsbl), or via email (necollegebsbl@aol.com), and let me know what you think.

The scene is Yale Field in New Haven. A throng of 14,000 fans crowds around the baseball diamond for the biggest game of the year, Harvard vs. Yale. The spectacle attracts so much attention that a presidential candidate is in attendance to garner headlines for his campaign. The Nashua Telegraph’s correspondent gushes about the atmosphere, anticipating “the greatest game of baseball ever played in New Haven.”  “The grand stands,” he reports, “cannot begin to hold the purchasers of tickets.” Nearly every student at the university, along with thousands of alumni and fans, pack the stands, heckling the rival Crimson. Yale, reeling from a 5-1 loss in Cambridge the week before, pulls out an upset 3-0 victory behind a shutout from ace Charles Van Vleck, a top recruit from New Jersey. Settling a winner of the season series is so important that the two teams play a rubber match in New York City, which Harvard wins 9-5. Everyone agrees the games were the high point of the season in college baseball.

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