With baseball season underway, it’s time for fans to check out the latest baseball news. This past offseason, there has been a surge of new signings, as well as changes to the MLB payroll. It’s also a good time to look at the history of the sport. A few notable players have been around for many years, and it’s no surprise that the game is still going strong.
For starters, the most recent collegiate national championship belongs to Louisiana State University (LSU). The Tigers have won six national titles in the past eight years, including the 2009 College World Series, the first for a school in the South. Despite the recent loss of superstar LSU left fielder Braydon Jobert, there are some exciting young talents in the pipeline for the future. RHP Ty Floyd, RHP Jordan Williams, and CB second team pre-season All-American Tre’ Morgan are all slated to return to Baton Rouge this spring.
Among the newcomers are outfielder Brando Mayea and slugger Mark Canha. In the Big Apple, these two have made their presence known by helping the Mets to revive a faltering franchise. Several other stars from New York’s storied franchise have made their mark, too.
One of the most exciting things to come out of the burgeoning Brooklyn baseball scene is the development of the DH. This isn’t a new phenomenon, but it’s been boosted by some of the best players in the game, as well as a healthy minor league farm system. According to the latest baseball news, the DH is the most likely to make a long-term home in the National League.
The Chapman University (CHU) baseball program has been on fire this year. After a 7-6 loss to SCIAC rival California in the Super Regional opener, the Tigers bounced back with a 3-1 win over Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens in the Orange Regional. The team is now making its third straight appearance in the national tournament. However, the Tigers are not the only contenders. Other programs from across the country are looking to make a splash.
Chapman has also snagged the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Excellence Award, which is a pretty nice trophy to have. The award is given to 700 college programs for their athletic and academic achievements.
There is a new baseball game in town, the Orange Regional. Chapman is the host of this week’s festivities, and will play three games against teams from Southern California. Game one is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m., while game two will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. If the Tigers can survive the series, they’ll play in the Super Regionals in Georgia. Another big reason for their success is their roster of stellar student-athletes. They’re no doubt the most balanced team in the region, and their offseason is one to watch. Recruiting classes have started to roll in, with the Tigers announcing a class of 21 newcomers, five of which are high profile NCAA Div. I transfers.https://www.youtube.com/embed/8dOfVrEnCDo