• Not Going To The Dance

    Posted by on June 25th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    I know that you cannot always trust Wiki. 

    But, if you can trust this list, it’s amazing how many D-I baseball teams never make it to the College World Series.  What does that tell you about College World Series format?  Or, is it just a matter of the schools in the south and west having too much of an advantage when it comes to having a baseball program?

    Comments on Not Going To The Dance

    1. MJ Recanati
      June 25th, 2012 | 2:23 pm

      Partly format, partly geographic advantage of year-round baseball (and the recruiting advantage it affords) and partly a simple economic choice on the part of schools in how they allocate their athletic budgets.

      The football (and to a certain extent, basketball) program at big universities tend to not only be self-financing but help to finance the non-revenue generating sports on campus (of which baseball is one). A school like LSU or Stanford or Texas or FSU (just for you, ClintFSU) can afford to pour resources into their baseball program because of how successful and well-supported their football program is. Many teams cannot do so, however.

    2. #15
      June 25th, 2012 | 2:51 pm

      A good Div II school in the south and west can hang with most Div I schools from the rest of the country, particularly against teams the North East. A lot of the southern tier kids play way more baseball, and at a higher level, 10+ months of the year from the time they are in elementary school.

    3. clintfsu813
      June 25th, 2012 | 3:44 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Thanks for the shoutout.

      It’s not suprise that most of the schools with a rich College Baseball History are schools that have a pretty high budget. Schools in the SEC are annually putting at least 1 team into the CWS. Stanford, Texas, FSU, UNC are there quite often as well. Small schools can of course creep into the final 8, a la Stony Brook, but its kinda rare. Pretty similar to CBB. There’s a reason the last few title winners have been UNC, DUKE and KY. Money talks.

    4. #15
      June 25th, 2012 | 4:19 pm

      Rice University, with about 3500 undergrads, has a pretty nice baseball tradition.

    5. June 25th, 2012 | 5:01 pm

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