Jan. 24, 2020 Collegiate Baseball

What’s In This Issue?

• Innovative Baseball Products Win Top Awards: CB takes a look at nine special inventions that are tremendous advances for game of baseball. 

• NCAA Ejections Rise For 5th Consecutive Year: Combined 862 coaches, players tossed during 2019 season.

• Special High School National Preview Section:
  ♦ Pre-Season high school all-americans.
  ♦ 2020 state-by-state list of top high school players.
  ♦ Top 30 high school teams in the nation listed along with rundowns of each team. No. 1 Jesuit High School (Tampa, Fla.) returns eight of nine starting position players along with its entire pitching staff. Eight pitchers have signed or committed to NCAA Div. I schools.

• ABCA Convention Review, Photo Pages: Record crowd of 7,100 attends 76th annual event in Nashville that produced lots of news, including:
  ♦ 20-second clock with runners on base.
  ♦ In-season bat testing.
  ♦ Chest protectors.
  ♦ Highest strikeout total in 50 years.
  ♦ ERA highest in 10 years.
  ♦ CWS attendance.
  ♦ Seeding for NCAA championship.
  ♦ Video replay review.
  ♦ Flat-seam baseball results.
  ♦ RPI release dates.
  ♦ MLB Draft will be in Omaha June 10-12.
  ♦ Numerous awards that were presented.

• St. John’s Head Coach Steps Down: Amazing skipper Ed Blankmeyer takes position as manager of Brooklyn Cyclones.

• Ruleball With Rich Marazzi: Here is his annual baseball rules quiz that will show how well you know the rules.

• Tom Kovic Column: Searching for a college is difficult for many high school players and parents.

• Analytics & Hitting: Dr. Coop DeRenne delves into this intriguing subject with historic facts about hitting.

• Harry Stille Passes Away: Former skipper at Erskine College was second winningest coach in school history.

• Jason Varitek Given Tremendous Honor: Former Georgia Tech. All-American, Major Leaguer inducted into Florida State Sports Hall of Fame.

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