Archive for March 4th, 2009

Player of the Week Rant – Further Follow-up

Players Of The Week

Yesterday I wrote a piece on this blog announcing the Northern Sun Conference Players of the Week and arguing that 2 players from Concordia shouldn’t have been selected.  NSIC Players of the Week – Prepare for Rant

The piece generated more interest and comments than any other that I’ve done in the blogs short existence.  Based upon some of the Comments I decided to take this one step further and call Nick Kornder, Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations at the Northern Sun Conference office for details on the selections made yesterday.

1. How are Players of the Week selected?

Each schools Sports Information Director nominates a player and pitcher by 10am on Monday.  The nominations are then reviewed by a 3 person team of the NSIC Commissioner, NSIC Associate Commissioner and Nick to make a selection based on their accomplishments.

2. Why aren’t coaches involved in the selection process?

Mainly because of the timing involved.  It would be to difficult to get responses from the coaches in the short window of time they need to get the selections completed.  Also, no coaches have ever brought it up.  They have talked about it at the league office but have decided it wouldn’t work because of the timing.

3. Why did you choose to pick 2 players from the same school?

They try not to pick 2 from the same team but it really is determined by the superlatives of the players nominated.

4. How much is caliber of the competition considered (for example, St. John’s)?

Sometimes they look at that, especially when they are considering players with similar stats.  It’s easier to do when they get into Conference play and the Conference office is more familiar with the teams involved.

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The Northern Sun Baseball Blog would like to thank Nick Kornder for his time in answering my inquiry.

That said, I stand by my rant from yesterday.  If the Conference “tries not to pick 2 from the same team” and “does consider competition” then there was really no reason to pick 2 players from the same team this week.  There were plenty of other worthy candidates that played better competition.

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Mascots, Road Games & Life

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Every week or so I go looking for stories that might take us beyond the Northern Sun Conference and even Division 2 College Baseball to look for content that I find interesting.  This week’s stories are about mascots, road games and treating baseball players as human beings.

  • This first story appeared in the USA Today a couple days ago and applies to a Division 2 school, Newberry College, in Newberry, SC.  The team was caught up in the middle of the “nicknaming debate” surrounding the usage of offensive names as their previous mascot/nickname was the Indians.  For the time being, the school has chosen to go with NO nickname.  The debate at the school continues but however it turns out there will be bad feelings.  Newberry No-Names
  • The NY Times ran a story a few days ago about the University of Maine – Presque Isle and their Division 3 baseball team.  I’ve talked quite a bit on this blog about the challenges that northern teams face with the weather in the north but no Northern Sun school has the same challenges as Presque Isle.  The school plays its entire 37 game schedule on the road!  The team has not played a home game since 2005 (total of 2).  It’s interesting to read about the lengths the team has gone to be able to “play ball”.  College Baseball Team Always On The Road
  • Finally, you may have heard about the minor league baseball player who was traded for 10 wooden bats last year.  That story has taken a tragic turn as the player in question, John C. Odom, is now dead.  How much the trade played in driving his life into the ground will certainly be debated but the story raises good questions that we should all ask ourselves about personality issues and how we treat people as human beings. A Tragic End for Minor Leaguer Traded For Bats 

Northern Sun D2 College Baseball Poll – Premier!

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Today marks the premier of my new Northern Sun Division 2 College Baseball Poll!

As of today, there are 2 primary Division 2 polls that are available – College Baseball News and Ping!Baseball.  These 2 services offer widely divergent views of the rankings in D2 college baseball.  As of next week there will be a 3rd weekly poll available from the National College Baseball Writers Association.

My goal will be to marry these 3 polls into 1 combined poll so that it’s easy to see where each team is ranked within the polls and to try and get a better ranking by combining these 3 into 1.  It will be kind of like the college football BCS where multiple polls are used to derive one national ranking.

The CBN and Ping polls are released each Monday and the NCBWA poll comes out each Tuesday so the Northern Sun Top 30 Poll will release each Tuesday going forward.  It’s pretty straight forward – if you are ranked #1 you get 30 points and the #30 team gets 1 point for each poll.

Congratulations to Southern Arkansas for being the first ever #1 team in the Northern Sun Poll!

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Others receiving votes –

Caldwell College, Wayne State (NE), Incarnate Word, Henderson State, West Florida, Anderson Univ., Barry, Western Oregon, Bellarmine, Montevallo, Cal – Dominguez Hills


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