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Old 01-10-2018, 01:56 PM   #1
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New coaches and almost all new pitching staff, so I'm sure a lot are taking a wait and see approach.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:02 PM   #3
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Preseason polls are pretty useless (especially under our current circumstances with so many unknowns), but we're 19th in Collegiate Baseball FWIW.

I know many here were looking/hoping for a big splash hire, but I'm optimistic about the future based on the national baseball media's critique of Kingston. They seemed to view him as the "it" guy among up-and-comers and someone known well and respected in coaching circles if not exactly a household name.

To me, he *feels* kind of like Ray's hire when he came on-board as HC as far as philosophy and approach to the game, although Ray was a bit more of a known quantity.
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If nothing else, I hope this will help some people calibrate their expectations of the team and their evaluations of Kingston's performance this year accordingly. There was a fair number of people who didn't want Kingston because he wasn't an expensive, 'splashy' hire (i.e., Kevin O), even though he's very widely respected in baseball circles. He held together a good recruiting class and has seemingly done just about everything right so far. The reality, though, is that we're thin (talentwise) in certain areas and are expected to finish in the middle or bottom-half of the SEC this year. I think he's going to get us back to the top, but at the risk of being bashed, it's not likely to be this year given how stacked the SEC is.
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It's a bit of a tall order but I'd love for them to visit Omaha again... and bring home the title.
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Default Re: Perfect Game 2018 Preseason Rankings

Omaha is probably not in the cards this year. Too many unknowns on the mound at all levels and this is still mostly the same talent that struggled last year.

I think a tourney appearance. Also want to see us actually compete at the conference tourney for once.
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Omaha is probably not in the cards this year. Too many unknowns on the mound at all levels and this is still mostly the same talent that struggled last year.

I think a tourney appearance. Also want to see us actually compete at the conference tourney for once.
I agree that making the NCAA tournament should be our top goal this year, and it's a realistic one, I think. I'm less worried about Hoover, and would rather see us finish in the top half of the conference and ranked at the end of the season. Finally, I simply want to see us play sound, competitive ball and show continual improvement under the new staff. Last year was ugly and frustrating at times,so I'm really looking forward to seeing how we play.
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The postseason, IMO, is a must this year. There is no reason that isn't the first goal each season. Good enough to host would be a massive improvement on last year. It helps that the seeding has been changed from 8 to 16 this year, going forward.

As for Hoover, I never worry about that. We play well enough in the regular season to KNOW that our name will be called on Memorial Day, what we do in Hoover is really irrelevant (as history has shown us more often than not). I just don't want to be yelling at my radio, wondering where the production was the rest of the season, while driving to the mountains that Friday of SECT.
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The postseason, IMO, is a must this year. There is no reason that isn't the first goal each season. Good enough to host would be a massive improvement on last year. It helps that the seeding has been changed from 8 to 16 this year, going forward.

As for Hoover, I never worry about that. We play well enough in the regular season to KNOW that our name will be called on Memorial Day, what we do in Hoover is really irrelevant (as history has shown us more often than not). I just don't want to be yelling at my radio, wondering where the production was the rest of the season, while driving to the mountains that Friday of SECT.
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Making the postseason should always be the expectation for YardCock baseball.

Anything past making it this year, would be icing on the cake IMO.
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New coach, new team, new attitude and making the tournament would be a good year.
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Well, it can't possibly be worst than last year.
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Kingston is an excellent baseball mind. He has a great feel for decision making, unlike Holbrook. He is not the recruiter that Holbrook was but having some success will change that. It will take some time for him to recruit and teach his offensive principles but we will be in good shape. We have the right guy, give him time.
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Last year was my first time going to the mountains for a Girls' Trip over Memorial Day weekend, and we started actually playing ball. So...
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Kingston may be every bit as good of a recruiter as Holbrook. Holbrook was selling UNC and then the Gamecocks. Kinda like the difference between recruiting for Alabama and UAB in football - you don't expect the UAB coach to do nearly as well.

I will consider this season a success if we make the tournament and cut the number of sacrifice bunts in half.
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Now we get to see just how bad Holbrook ran the program into the ground
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Preseason practice should be beginning anytime now, right? The season is now a month away....
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I don't know that you can really put "hit or miss" goals on a coaches first season. Of course Baseball is a little easier transition as the philosophy changes are only on one side of the game (and pitching). I mean, Defense is Defense and outside of adjustments and language ... you're just making a play.

I don't know if we have the hitters that can transition from a "small ball" mentality to the more aggressive approach that Kingston likes to teach.

All I ask for is CONSISTENT good baseball. It doesn't have to translate into 40 wins and a ring. Just get out there, play great defense like we've known, hit the ball, and take advantage of opponents mistakes. The past few seasons, we haven't seen a whole lot of good baseball.
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Preseason practice should be beginning anytime now, right? The season is now a month away....
Should be this weekend. Classes just started today.
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