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 
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