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Royal Agenda For The All Star Game

On the baseball diamond, the 88th All-Star game will be played with no World Series home field advantage on the line for the first time since 2002.  So what’s really going on amid the All-Star break festivities in Miami?  Most likely, a lot of text messages between GMs all over baseball and the Kansas City Royals are no exception.  The non-waiver trading deadline is just around the corner.

Link to Greg Echlin’s full story on KCUR.org

Florida And LSU Seek Series Championship

By Greg Echlin
Though the University of Florida is in search of its first national title in baseball, the Gators are playing in the best-of-three title series at the College World Series for their third time.  Southeastern Conference foe LSU is no stranger to baseball championships as the NCAA’s team of the 90s.  The Tigers, however, are playing in their first title series since 2009.
All in all, these two teams wear familiar colors at the College World Series while the teams located closer to Omaha struggle to get that far.  Iowa and Nebraska made the 64-team bracket, but each failed to get past the first weekend.  The most notable natives of either Iowa or Nebraska are linked to other programs in the College World Series.

Close Call At College World Series Causes Concern

By Ian Echlin

A University of Louisville batter lost his bat on a swing and sent it flying into the stands Sunday afternoon at the College World Series. The fan hit in the head walked away with a minor cut.

However, the incident raises questions about safety at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. An NCAA official says it’s being addressed.

Major League Baseball ballparks around the country have added more protective netting in the last two years. The trend stems from a proactive recommendation by the MLB office before the 2016 season.

While every MLB stadium after 2016 has a protective net that extends to the edge of the dugout, the Nationals, Royals and Twins extended their nets to the far end of the dugouts.

The Mets recently announced they will extend nets as soon as the All Star break. After an incident at Yankee Stadium, new legislation in New York could require the stadiums where the Mets and Yankees play to extend nets to the foul poles.

NCAA officials say extending the nets at the home of the College World Series in Omaha has been talked about and in the works to happen next year or the year after. Sunday’s incident adds to the argument to stretch the nets.

Baseball traditionalists might scowl at the change. The extra netting could lower your chance to take home an autograph or a foul ball, but the concept is as constructive as requiring batters to wear helmets when that started in the 1950s.

Millennials who can’t put their phones down have less to worry about, but baseball fans can’t neglect the importance of being alert to the game.

 

Korver Shooting For First Taste Of NBA Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers newcomer Kyle Korver connected on two free throws with 19 seconds left in Game 4 of the series-clinching win over the Indiana Pacers.  It gave the Cavaliers a three-point lead, 105-102, before one final free throw by LeBron James sealed it.  In Game 2 of the first-round series, Korver scored 12 points on four three-pointers in five attempts.  On a championship caliber team, the former Creighton Bluejays standout is entering unexplored territory in his basketball career.

Link to the full story at KIOS.org

Baylor’s Wainwright Leaves Behind Embattled Raytown School District

Baylor forward Ish Wainwright is making the best of his senior year with a Sweet 16 appearance, the first since his freshman season with the Bears in 2014. He helped his team with two important free throws to secure the lead against USC with 16 seconds left. Wainwright played two seasons at Montrose Christian Academy (Md.) after two seasons in the beleaguered Raytown South (Mo.) program where he caught the attention of Kansas coach Bill Self.  While at Raytown South, Wainwright played under coach Brad Oestreich, who is suing the Raytown School District for wrongful termination and discrimination.  Oestreich said he had nothing but good memories of Wainwright in his two years at Raytown South.

LINK TO KCUR.org: “Raytown South’s Basketball Success Masks District’s Legal Troubles” Continue reading Baylor’s Wainwright Leaves Behind Embattled Raytown School District

Kansas Family Going Northwestern

By Greg Echlin

In Leavenworth—a Kansas town known for its U.S. Army base and a federal prison —there’s a segment of the population that’s obviously isolated from everyone else.  But you can’t blame James Baldwin, a non-criminal in Leavenworth known to everybody as JB, if he feels like he’s away from the action, too. Continue reading Kansas Family Going Northwestern