Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Baseball is just around the corner

Erskine baseball players go through a practice session early Wednesday afternoon
in Due West. (PalmettoStateBaseball.com photo)
One of the perks of being retired is the freedom to leave on a whim for a day trip. We left with no particular destination in mind on Wednesday and wound up eating at a restaurant I'd read about on the Internet. I saw from road signs that we weren't far from Due West, so we drove over to ride through the Erskine campus. I found Grier Field and saw that the Flying Fleet baseball team was having practice. Hence, the photo.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I'm mulling my options for 2017 ... and want your input

Happy New Year, folks.

I really intended to do more writing during the off-season than I did -- which turned out to be practically nothing.

As the season approaches I'm trying to decide which direction to go in 2017.

For the last several seasons I've tried to get every college baseball score in the state every day and also provide links to boxes or stories on each game. In addition, I tried to post in-game updates on Twitter.

Almost every school in the state do a great job of making their scores available. There are a handful that getting scores/updates from almost takes an act of Congress.

The labor-intensive work needed to make frequent updates evolved into me sitting in front of the computer for 11 or 12 hours each Saturday and several hours most other days. It was keeping me from really enjoying my favorite sport in the midst of its seaason.

I don't think I can keep that up. It's not worth it physically or financially. The only income I get from this site is from ad clicks, and I get far less than $100 per season from that.

So, I'm considering some cutbacks.

I hope to publish a daily schedule again this year, but there may be days when I give up on chasing all the scores until the next day.  I'm planning to quit posting links to game stories in the calendar. I'm hopeful of continuing to link to boxes.

I intend to do the weekly team rankings and team of the week. Standings and things such as weekly conference player honors are among the things I'm considering dropping.

Here's where I need your help. What new things would you like to see me do on this site. What items that I currently do would you wish I could discontinue?

Please make your suggestions in the comments section of this post, or e-mail me at RudyJones@PalmettoStateBaseball.com.

Thanks! I look forward to your input.

Friday, August 19, 2016

USC honorees include Bordenick, Smoak

Former baseball players Ryan Bordenick and Justin Smoak are among the nine inductees for the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame for 2016.  Also among the inductees is ex-football player Bo Davies, father of former Eastside High soccer player Allyson Davies and father-in-law of ex-Gamecocks baseball great Landon Powell.

Rounding out this year's inductees are former football players Jimmy Mitchell and Sidney Rice, former volleyball player Shonda Cole, ex-golfer David Seawell and former coaches Jim Carlen and Billy Laval.
USC

Lander hires Jason Burke

Lander has hired Jason Burke to replace Kermit Smith as head baseball coach. Most recently, Burke was assistant coach at Wofford. Smith left Lander to become head coach at Appalachian State.

Burke graduated from Byrnes High School. He attended Lander and later graduated from Southern Wesleyan.

Burke

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

News digest, Aug. 17

Blue Hose add 16 players
Presbyterian has announced the signing for 16 incoming players for the 2017 season. Included are catcher Jake Behan of Summerville, infielder Tanner Byrd of Strom Thurmond, pitcher Carter Fox of Waccamaw, pitcher Eric Miles of Buford, pitcher Linc Powell of Johnsonville and USC Lancaster and outfielder Chris Thompson of Mann.
Hose

Buccaneers work on field
Charleston Southern is installing new turf in the outfield and in foul territory for the 2017 season. The $250,000 project is designed to correct some field issues that forced the Buccaneers to move several home games early the 2016 season.
Buccaneers

Penny joins Trojans
Former University of North Carolina player Cody Penny has been named assistant coach at Anderson University.
Penny

Chapman cited
Former Clemson pitcher Tom Chapman has been selected to receive the 2016 Clemson Distinguished Athletes Award.
Chapman

See honored
D1Baseball.com recently named Clemson pitching coach Andrew See on of the top 11 assistant coaches in the country.
See

Applegate promoted
Former College of Charleston student manager Dylan Applegate has been promoted to director of baseball operations for the Cougars.
Cougars

DuCharme named top pitcher
Francis Marion's Chance DuCharme has been awarded the Pedro Martinez Award, symbolic of being the top pitcher in the Tidewater Collegiate Summer League.
DuCharme

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

News digest, Aug. 10

Happy Rocky Colavito's birthday.

Johnson joins Smith at Appalachian State
Lander's interim head coach Britt Johnson is joining old boss Kermit Smith's staff at Appalachian State. Smith lead Lander for the NCAA Division I school earlier this summer. A few weeks later Johnson was named interim head coach.

Commentary: The move suggests that Johnson was told the school would be hiring someone else as the permanent head coach.
Johnson

Erskine hires Kilcrease
Former University of Alabama player and assistant coach Nathan Kilcrease has been hired as pitching coach at Erskine. He replaces Atlee Pearson, who recently accepted a position at Slippery Rock.
Kilcrease

Crusaders working on new digs
A post on North Greenville baseball account shows some artist's renderings of a new baseball facility. I see no information on the school's athletics web site offering specifics. I don't know if the new facility would be built at the Ashmore Field location or elsewhere. The hiring of Landon Powell has helped elevate the program's visibility and built on previous success by Beauford Sanders, Travis Henson and other former head coaches.
Crusaders

Cougars plan alumni weekend
College of Charleston will hold its baseball alumni weekend Oct. 14-15.  Included is an alumni game Oct. 15 at Patriots Point.
Cougars

CWS legend dies
Steve Pivovar, who covered the College World Series for decades for the Omaha World-Herald newspaper. has died after an extended illness. I was privileged to cover two College World Series and I think I recognize his face from the 2012 event, but I can't say that I ever had a conversation with him. I hate I didn't, because it's apparent we shared a passion for college baseball.
Pivovar

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

News digest, Aug. 9

Two behind-the-scenes stalwarts move on
* Andy Demetra, the voice of USC baseball and men's basketball for the past several years, is moving to Atlanta to become the radio voice of Georgia Tech athletics. Demetra will add football to his duties with the Yellow Jackets. Bob Fulton, one of Demetra's predecessors at USC, also had a stint at Georgia Tech.
Demetra

* Josh Manck, assistant athletic director for athletic communications at Newberry College, is leaving after 10 years to become director of athletic communications at Texas A&M-Commerce.  Manck did good work at Newberry and I'm sure that will continue in his new position.
Manck

Patriots add outfielder
Francis Marion has announced the addition of outfielder Reese Cooley, an outfielder from Chipola Junior College in Florida. He will have two years eligibility.
Patriots

Monday, August 8, 2016

USCB hires Christian

USC Beaufort has hired Jeremy Christian has its new baseball coach. Christian comes to USCB from Point University in the Atlanta area. He replaces Bryan Lewallyn, who left to become coach at Pensacola State College in Florida.
Christian