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Swanson Bregman Benintendi Fulmer Do SEC Proud

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SEC Foursome Makes It To The Bigs Quickly

By John Ventola

Years ago those that made an early-aged appearance in the major leagues were essentially those who would go on to become long-time stars. Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Ken Griffey, Jr. each represented teenage signees that went on to big league superstardom with little or no minor league seasoning. (Koufax did little in the late ‘50s while on the Brooklyn roster before harnessing everything later in Los Angeles). Continue reading

Baseball Streaks Can Be Revealing Or Deceiving

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Bregman Hitless Streak Unusual But Understandable

By John Ventola

Major league baseball streaks of any kind can make a player famous—or infamous. Continue reading

Houston Winning Ways Defy Successful Baseball Formula

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Astros Major League Surprise Team Of Year Thus Far

By John Ventola

Last year I posted a blog about a surprising Kansas City Royals team that was playing solid baseball through the first three months of the 2014 season and seemed to have the capability to contend for the American League Central crown, or at least a shot at a wild card spot in the league’s playoffs. The Royals went on to secure the wildcard spot, work their way through the playoffs, win the American League pennant, and battle the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. That Royals team lost in the Series, but have continued their excellent play this season. Continue reading

Postseason Batting Slump and Limited Pitching Prove Too Much

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LSU Lack Of Dependable Arms Cuts CWS Play Short

By John Ventola

LSU’s seventeenth trip to the College World Series ended with a third game loss to TCU that also put the finishing touches on a 54-12 season by the Tigers. For a veteran team that was ranked near or at the top of national polls all season long, losing two straight games to the Horned Frogs might be called disappointing by some, but Coach Paul Mainieri’s ability to conceal the squad’s lack of dependable pitching depth made it one of his finest coaching campaigns in Baton Rouge. Continue reading

LSU Goes For Seventh College World Series Championship

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Tigers Go For Seven In College Baseball Heaven

By John Ventola

LSU baseball fans have enjoyed three decades of success and the team annually leads the NCAA in home attendance, but this weekend loyal purple and gold followers will again be streaming into Nebraska for the 2015 College World Series. The Tigers won five national championships under the tutelage of Skip Bertman at old Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, and added a sixth title in 2009 under Paul Mainieri, a year before the stadium was closed. Now it is time to go for No. 7 in what many consider collegiate “Baseball Heaven”, Omaha, Nebraska, TD Ameritrade Park. Continue reading

Major League Draft Determines Success Down The Road

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Draft Day Is Dream For Every Baseball Player

By John Ventola

Transactions such as player trades and free agent signings play important roles in overall development of major league teams, but the annual player draft held each June is the lifeblood of any organization. All 30 teams attempt to discover the next Mike Trout or Bryce Harper for everyday play, while hoping to secure a Clayton Kershaw-type arm to hold down their top starting pitcher role. An inexact exercise at best, some sure shots turn into busts, while some long shots can turn into long-time major leaguers. Continue reading

Skilled Veteran Position Players Lead LSU Into Postseason

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Tigers Pitching Needs To Hold Up For Four Weeks

By John Ventola

LSU will host its 23rd baseball regional this weekend and while both old and new Alex Box have proven to be the launching pad for sixteen College World Series appearances and six CWS titles since 1986, the site has also provided some disappointing moments for diehard Tigers faithful. Mention Cal State-Fullerton, Rice, Stony Brook, and Houston to most avid Bengal fans and you can see a disbelieving gaze immediately come across their faces. The Titans ruined 1992, the Owls were dominant in 1995, and the Seawolves, what can one say about their astonishing upset of the Tigers in 2012. Houston’s upset of LSU last year still dwells on this year’s team psyche. Continue reading