As we head into the stretch run of the 2013 season, one of the more interesting questions for fans looking for something to ponder in advance of the big weekend series at South Carolina is comparing the three greatest Tim Corbin squads at Vanderbilt.
The three Commodore teams that have held the #1 ranking in one poll or another have been the 2007 Nashville Regional squad, the 2011 College World Series team and this current crop of Dores. The 2007 team headed by All-Americans David Price and Pedro Alvarez held down the consensus #1 ranking for most all of the season, before faltering in the Nashville Regional. The 2011 squad led by Sonny Gray and Aaron Westlake was in the top 4 of all the polls for most of the season, alongside SEC East rivals South Carolina and Florida (who vanquished the Dores in Omaha). And this year’s Commodores, led by Kevin Ziomek and Tony Kemp, are just now starting to jump from the #2 spot in the polls to the pole position after a record setting 19-2 start in SEC play.
A comparison of the three is made difficult in that each is a fundamentally separate cohort participating in different baseball eras; a fact that is true even for the 2011 and 2013 squads which were comprised of several common key players. In this blog post, I’ll try not to get lost in a bevy of data and will endeavor to make an argument for the team I think, at this moment, is the best in Vanderbilt history.
Click through to read my perhaps too extensive analysis thereof. Read more…
You can follow the brash band of Commodores using my Twitter list of the Dores’ feeds or by simply picking out the ones you’d care to follow. If you’re a fan of VU baseball, Twitter is an interesting way to get in the mind of the players. Most of the guys don’t update that much, but a few folks like Sonny Gray (@SonnyGray2) and Drew Fann (@DrewFann) are Twitter champions.
There aren’t necessarily any particular tweets that make you point to these kids and say “that’s why I follow them.” It’s the course of the season, the year and the journey that leads guys like Anthony GoGo Gomez (@AnthonyG13) to being a future star like David Price (@DavidPrice14).
After the jump, the batting order of Vanderbilt Baseball Tweeps. Read more…
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I’m really not sure which athlete had the best single attribute among all Dores in the last decade. But I’m put together some nominees and corresponding video evidence of each. They are
- David Price’s Durability (Baseball 2005-07),
- Jeffery Taylor’s Bounce (Basketball 2008-Present),
- Pedro Alvarez’ Wrists (Baseball 2006-08),
- Jay Cutler’s Arm (Football 2002-2005),
- Shan Foster’s Fingertips (Basketball 2004-2008) and
- Sonny Gray’s Confidence (Baseball 2008-Present)
Click Through to Read a Bit About Each. Read more…
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