Sept 3, 2021 Collegiate Baseball

What’s In This Issue?

• Games Are Being Played At Faster Pace: NCAA Division I 9-inning games average 2 hours and 57 minutes during 2021 season. Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin explains positives and negatives of 20-Second Action Rule.

Editorial: Umpires must enforce 20-second play clock to ensure faster games. Too many umps are not holding pitchers and hitters accountable.

Cutting More Time Off Games: Jim Schlossnagle of Texas A&M explains why extreme hustle can pay off with wins, exciting baseball and shorter contests.

More Tech Hits College Baseball: While 1-way electronic catcher communication rule is approved, jury still out on how helpful this will be for college baseball with time-honored pitch calling systems already in place.

Roundup Of Summer Collegiate Champions: From NBC World Series to Cape Cod League winners, plus many more, CB delves into numerous summer champions.

Interesting New High School Rule: If pitcher doesn’t receive signs from catcher, he must simulate taking sign on rubber or face consequences.

• Baseball Loses A Legend: Robert Smith, who orchestrated baseball being an official Olympic gold medal sport in 1992, dies at age 85 following illness. 

Lou Pavlovich Column: Meet four ball players you will never, ever forget, including a pitcher who performed a fire-breathing and fire-eating act.

$1.5 Million Gift Given: University of Memphis is the beneficiary of upgrade to baseball complex from Memphis businessman Avron Fogelman.

• ABCA Barnstormers Clinics Set: Here are six clinic dates and sites across the USA that you don’t want to mikss.

• Pacific Association Top Players For 2021: ABCA announces Pacific Association All-Americans, Northern and Southern California All-Region teams and Northwest All-Region squads.

• Numerous Coaching Changes Take Place: Read a full page of coaching moves across the USA, including head coaches and assistant coaches.

Ruleball With Rich Marazzi: Rare ‘teammate interference’ can cause problems, and Rich Marazzi explains how not to be hurt by this rule during games. 

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