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NOW AVAILABLE! Oct. 6, 2017 Issue

• Baseball’s Greatest Scientific Coach: Collegiate Baseball special report delves into the progressive tools and ideas Jerry Weinstein has uncovered during a remarkable 59-year career.

• NCAA Div. I Recruiting Rundown: Read about Vanderbilt’s amazing No. 1 recruiting class of 17 freshmen which features 10 elite pitchers who throw from 92-98 mph with big bodies. Plus, read about the top 25 classes in the nation in top 40 rankings.

• Special Look At Elite H.S. Program: Riverdale Baptist (MD) has posted a 1,103-262 record over past 41 seasons thanks to an explosive running game that has averaged 173 SB over last 3 seasons.

• What Deception Is In Pitching: Perry Husband explains why an Effective Velocity tunnel is vital along first 1/3 of pitch flight, ball spin/speed, hitting swing time, plus much more.

To find out what other great stories are in this issue, CLICK HERE.


Florida No. 1 In Final 2017 CB Poll

Florida is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s final 2017 NCAA Division I poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum after winning its first national championship at the College World Series. 

The Gators beat Louisiana St. two straight in the championship finals as Florida finished the season with a 52-19 overall record.

Florida used air tight defense with no errors over its last five games and smothering pitching as the Gators posted a 2.33 ERA and 68 strikeouts to lead all teams in the College World Series.

Oregon St., which had been No. 1 for the previous 14 consecutive Collegiate Baseball polls to set an all-time record, slipped to third after losing two straight to LSU to end their season. The Beavers finished with a 56-6 overall record. OSU had two 23-game winning streaks during the season.

To read the entire top 30 and more notes, CLICK HERE.


2017 Collegiate Baseball All-Americans

The 2017 Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams and National Players of The Year have been announced.

The 17-man first team features 7 conference players or pitchers of the year, 

Louisville’s Brendan McKay and Mississippi State’s Brent Rooker are Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of The Year.

McKay put up superb numbers as a hitter (.363, 17 HR, 12 2B, 52 RBI) and as a pitcher (9-3, 2.37 ERA, 31 BB, 124 K).

Rooker led the SEC in nine offensive categories, including batting average (.404), slugging percentage (.843), on-base percentage (.505), hits (90), RBI (76), doubles (29), home runs (21), total bases (188) and stolen bases (18).

To read the entire release of all 3 Collegiate Baseball All-American teams, CLICK HERE.


CB’s 2017 Freshmen All-Americans

The 2017 Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American team features a wealth of baseball talent.

The team is headed by four exceptional athletes who are Collegiate Baseball’s National Freshmen Players of The Year, including:

  • DH/RHP Kevin Milam, Saint Mary’s (.313, 14 doubles, 12 homers, 55 RBI, 9 saves, 2.27 ERA).
  • 2B Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M (.343, 16 doubles, 10 homers, 64 RBI and 11 stolen bases).
  • RHP Sean Mooney, St. John’s (8-1, 1.22 ERA, 85 strikeouts).
  • Relief Pitcher Kenyon Yovan, Oregon (15 saves, 1.97 ERA).

To read the entire list of Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-Americans and their stats, CLICK HERE.


 More 2017 National Baseball Polls

NCAA Division II
NCAA Division III
NAIA
NJCAA Division I
NJCAA Division II
NJCAA Division III
California Junior Colleges
Northwest Junior Colleges
High School


Shawnee No. 1 In CB’s National H.S.Poll

After capturing its third straight state championship, Shawnee (OK) completed its season 40-0 and finished No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s final National High School Poll for 2017.

The Wolves have a 52-game win streak dating back to last season as the team breezed through the regional and state tournament. Shawnee defeated Durant 4-1, Carl Albert 20-2 and Claremore 12-7.

Shawnee hit .433 as a team with 127 doubles, 40 homers, 28 triples and 79 stolen bases. The team ERA was 2.29 with 247 strikeouts and 92 walks. 

To read the entire top 30 and more notes, CLICK HERE.


Former Army baseball player Harold Earls and his climbing team summit Mount Everest as Earls suffers frostbite, near deadly catastrophe takes place. CLICK HERE.


Understanding GPS Can Help You Hit A Curve

Our brains track moving objects by applying one of the algorithms your phone’s GPS uses, according to researchers at the University of Rochester. This same algorithm also explains why we are fooled by several motion-related optical illusions, including the sudden “break” of baseball’s well known “curveball illusion.” To read more, CLICK HERE.


Special Q&A With Virginia’s Brian O’Connor

Brian O'Connor Mug NZ3T5660 NewVirginia Head Coach Brian O’Connor and his coaching staff orchestrated one of the most amazing comebacks in college baseball history in 2015.

O’Connor led the Cavaliers to their first national baseball championship at the College World Series.

Due to injuries, Virginia lost 8 of 11 games at one point. They suffered through 4 losses in a row twice and 3 in a row 3 times.

Because of the injury epidemic, Virginia trotted out 31 different starting lineups over a 61-game span, and Cavalier position players combined to miss 146 games last season.

To read more, CLICK HERE.


Stotz Explains His Recruiting Techniques

Dean Stotz Stanford PortraitPossibly the greatest recruiter in college baseball history was Dean Stotz of Stanford.

He retired after the 2013 season and was Mark Marquess’ top lieutenant for 37 seasons with the Cardinal. His ability to evaluate and recruit players was second to none.

In this article, Stotz explains for the first time what his secrets were to churning out numerous top 10 recruiting classes over the years that allowed Stanford to win two national titles

To read more, CLICK HERE.


Resilience A Must In Baseball, Military

Ken Ravizza ActionWhen it comes to winning any type of championship, survival is the operative word. How teams handle trying times during the season determine their fate.

One of the top sports psychologists in the world is Ken Ravizza, and he explains how crucial it is to be resilient not only in baseball but the military and how this leads to better performances.

Both have much more in common than you realize.

To read more, CLICK HERE.


20 Great Ways To Use Cell Phones In Coaching

1034567Since the mid-1980s, cell phones have been widely available to the public.

As they have become more sophisticated over the years, they have turned into miniature computers called smartphones that have numerous software functions, e-mail capability and internet browser functions that have become an indispensible tool for coaches.

For the first time, Collegiate Baseball is exploring many of the technological advantages coaches can gain with smartphones.

To read more, CLICK HERE.


Schreiber Discovers Breakthrough Technique

Cell Phone Video (Use)One of the most creative uses of cell phones is being utilized at Alvin Community College. Jason Schreiber, assistant baseball coach at Alvin Community College (Alvin, Tex.), listened intently to a lecturer speak at a convention.

“That person said that we retain 10 percent of what we hear, 50 percent of what we do and 90 percent of what we teach someone else,” said Schreiber.

“A light went on in my head when I heard that. I was fascinated with the 90 percent figure. I wondered if my players might be able to teach me about certain baseball concepts they were having trouble with on the field which would allow them to learn concepts more efficiently. The big problem was that there was not enough time in practice to have my guys teach.

“Then it hit me that my guys could teach me concepts they were having trouble with via the video capability on their cell phones. Every kid has a cell phone with video capability.

“What I discovered was remarkable. Not only did I know for certain my players understood what we were teaching through these videos they made. I learned kids today take great pride in the videos they produce — so much so a player’s sense of urgency goes up dramatically when you have them teach a skill they do not perform well. Often the result is that player finally understands the concept and performs better on the field.”

To read more, CLICK HERE.


Iowa Western’s Incredible Coaching Wizard 

Marc Rardin Iowa WesternOne of the most incredible stories in college baseball history is unfolding at Iowa Western Community College.

Located in Council Bluffs, Iowa near Omaha, this school has accomplished what many thought was impossible — three NJCAA Division I national championships over the last five seasons all under an amazing coach named Marc Rardin.

In the 57-year-history of the NJCAA World Series, Iowa Western is the only Iowa junior college ever to win this prestigious event and the first Northern District representative to win it all.

In 12 seasons at Iowa Western, Rardin has led the Reivers to eight NJCAA World Series, won 10 consecutive regional titles and eight Northern District titles. Consider the tremendous challenges his teams face every season.

Many high profile NJCAA Division I baseball programs offer 24 full ride scholarships for baseball. His program has the equivalent of 10 full rides.

No player in the last 12 years has been given a full ride, and typically he gives out 1/2 scholarships to his athletes. All outdoor activity stops for 3-plus months from mid-November through February as practices take place indoors because of bone chilling weather.

To read more about Marc Rardin’s amazing system, CLICK HERE.


SPECIAL REPORT: Cardinals’ Potent Running Game

Louisville Baseball HeadshotsThe University of Louisville has put up staggering stolen base numbers over the past eight years under Head Coach Dan McDonnell.

During the past two seasons, the Cardinals have stolen 150 bases (second nationally) in 2013 and 133 in 2014 (second nationally). In his first year with Louisville in 2007, his ball club swiped 153 bases (second nationally).

In six of the eight years, his teams have pilfered at least 89 bases. His tough-minded teams also refuse to allow pitchers to throw inside as his batters have been hit 100 or more times in five of the eight years and ranked first nationally in 2013 with 129 hit by pitches, second in 2012 with 115 HBP and sixth last season with 109 HBP.

Having more men on base and stealing efficiently allows his teams to have more runners in scoring position which has allowed Louisville to score over 400 runs seven of the eight years he has been with the Cardinals.

For more on this story, CLICK HERE.


U.C. Irvine’s Gillespie Explains How To Stop Stealers

Mike Gillespie Mug UC IrvineWith the home run becoming increasingly rare in college baseball, the running game on offense is more important than ever.

In 2010, the year prior to BBCOR bats being mandated for use by college programs, NCAA Division I programs averaged 0.94 home runs per game, according to the annual statistics’ trends compiled by the Association.

In 2011, that average dropped nearly in half to 0.52 with the new bats in use. The last two years, Division I teams have averaged 0.42 home runs per game in 2013 and 0.39 in 2014 — the lowest home run numbers in over 40 years.

Programs which are adept at stopping the running game of opponents have a big advantage when it comes to winning in today’s game.

Few coaches in college baseball have the track record that U.C. Irvine Head Coach Mike Gillespie has when it comes to shutting down base stealers.

To read more of this story, CLICK HERE.