NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Season Just 2 Months Away

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The weather is starting to get much more winter like in the upper Midwest but in reality that signals the onset of another season of NCAA Division 2 College Baseball.  For teams in the Northern Sun Conference the first games start February 4th when Concordia, Minnesota Duluth and Southwest Minnesota State all play at the Metrodome.  The official start date of NCAA Division 2 College Baseball this year is once again February 2nd.

In fact, while there’s a lull in activity around the Christmas break, teams will be starting up their practice sessions in just a little over a month as most of the players will be cutting their holiday break short to head back to campus for the official start of the practice season on January 10th:


Upcoming Features:

Between now and the start of the season the Northern Sun Baseball Blog will be gearing up in the following ways –

  • Team Previews – Throughout December and January you will see me go into some depth on each of the contending teams in the Northern Sun Conference (not sure I’ll do them all).  My plan is to especially focus on interesting statistical factors from the 2009 season and discuss which key players are no longer on each team and how that might impact their success going into 2010.  Look for the kickoff article on Augustana in the coming week.
  • Coach Interviews – In January & February I’m hoping to hold live phone interviews with Northern Sun’s head coaches to discuss the upcoming 2010 season and broader questions about the state of Division 2 college baseball.  This will hopefully provide a better set of responses than our first set of e-mail interviews produced last February.  We’ll see how many coaches can make time for this but I know a number of them are following the blog so hopefully they can spare 15 minutes for this new segment.
  • Predictions – Right around the first anniversary of this blog (February 1st) I will issue my prognostications for the upcoming season.  Of course, that said, I did predict that Minnesota State would win the Conference last year and while they did well, I’m 0-1 in picking the top team.
  • NCAA D2 College Baseball Happenings – While my focus remains on the Northern Sun Conference I will certainly report on topics of interest all around Division 2 College Baseball.
  • New Design? – One thing I’m also considering is a new look and feel for the blog using a different WordPress template with a wider format.  Same great content – new bold look?

As is usual, I’m certainly open to feedback and suggestions from readers on content or questions they’d like to see on this blog.

10 Responses to “NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Season Just 2 Months Away”

  1. 1 John Plasha Sr. December 8, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I have a question on your comment about “most of the players” cutting their holiday break short to head back to campus for the official start of the pratice season on January 10th. With classes not starting back up till Monday the 11th, are you suggesting that some of these kids might be expected to come from places thru-out the country to start preseason pratice on the Sunday before school starts?

    • 2 fishingmn December 9, 2009 at 8:52 am

      Hi John – Many schools don’t start back for the Spring Semester until later in January (I know Minnesota Duluth is January 19th – For those schools that start later I’m assuming most will ask their baseball players to get back to campus earlier (on the 10th) to start baseball practices. If Wayne St. starts classes on the 11th they may just start then. As the rule reads (above) schools like Augustana that start school on January 4th are allowed to start their practices that day.

  2. 3 Tim Huber December 8, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Just giving you a heads up…..we will not be playing February 3rd in the Metrodome. They couldnt find a team for us to play. We will be opening up February 7th in the Dome. Also we start practice January 4th (the first date of our interim semester).

    • 4 John Plasha December 9, 2009 at 6:40 am

      When you say “They couldn’t find a find a team for us to play” who are you refering to? I would think just about any team would want to play in The Dome especialy the few that are not going to the Russ Matt.

      • 5 fishingmn December 9, 2009 at 9:01 am

        Thanks Tim – I’ve updated my posting.

        Good to see you here – maybe you can replace coach Mags as my most active posting coach 🙂

  3. 6 John Plasha December 9, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Thanks fishingmn, That makes a lot of sense. I didn’t realize there was that much of a differance in the start dates at the various schools.

  4. 7 Tim Huber December 9, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    The person who schedules the games couldnt find anyone and myself and my assistants also contacted several schools and it was too early for many teams. Teams in our league we dont play in conference games this year are(Mary, UMD, Crookston, Mankato). Too early for Kato, Mary couldnt make it work midweek, Crookston already was set with their games in the dome and same thing for UMD.

    • 8 John Plasha Sr. December 12, 2009 at 8:52 am

      Tim,Why does it have to be a team in your conference that you don’t play? Couldn’t it be against one of your regular season foes but just play it as a non-conference game?

  5. 9 John Plasha Sr. December 27, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Tim, You should try to schedule a game or two in the Dome against a team like Wayne St. who is not going on a spring trip down South. With their first 2 series scheduled for Colorado (Feb 13th/14th) and Pittsburg Kansas (Feb. 20th/21st) their first series outside of the gym will in all likelyhood won’t be till late Feb. in Minn. against Winona. It would be nice for the boys to be able to count on a sure thing playing indoors during early Feb.

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