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The Inside Pitch on Maryland Baseball

During Saturday's first game of the double header I happened to be sitting next to the father of one of the players, We had a nice discussion about all things baseball and he told me some things that I'd like to share with this Blog.

The departure of Sean Kenney (previous pitching coach) hurt the team more than Bakich leaving. While Bakich was a great salesman, er recruiter, Kenney really helped the pitchers. Eric Milton was also valuable, not just for pitching but for playing the game correctly. It's not clear if Milton was offered the job as skipper. Regardless he's now the head coach at Severna Park, a baseball titan within the state. Earlier this year at his own expense he completely refurbished the clubhouse. A class act all the way.

There are 35 players and 12 scholarships. It's not partitioned so that each player gets a 1/3rd full scholarship. Thus many players are not on scholarships and are paying their own way. It's really tough on the out-of-state kids as tuition is $30,000 per year.

The Mount Saint Mary loss was a colossal cluster fuck. The players were dismayed and perhaps disheartened by it as it jeopardized their slim chance of making the NCAA tournament. Apparently FHFAN and myself weren't the only people wondering why you have your DH bunt on a 1-2 pitch. In fact, the surplus of bunting and playing small ball does not sit well with some. This is not to infer that the whole team is disgruntled, and some players prefer Szech to Bakich.

Injuries: Michael Montville is out for the season with an elbow injury. It's not certain that Tim Keine is through for the year but it doesn't look good. Kyle Convissar got hit on the head by an errant throw as he was headed to second base on a grounder to first. He stayed in for one pitch as Anthony Papio proceeded to homer. But he hasn't played since then and I would guess he's day-to-day. K.J. Hockaday was suspended for the VT series (I don't know why in case you're wondering). Here's hoping he's back in good stead for tomorrow's game against Liberty.

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