The Fritz Hamburg hiring wasn’t the only college baseball news of the day. Reigning national champion Fresno State also made a coaching move, promoting Pat Waer from volunteer assistant coach to full-time assistant, replacing Mike Mayne. Waer, who spent 11 years coaching at the high school and junior college levels before joining the Bulldogs, will coach first base, instruct the outfielders, and help with recruiting.
"He brings a work ethic and baseball knowledge that we could not replace,” Fresno coach Mike Batesole said in a release. "We could not be happier than we are to have him as a full-time Bulldog."
In other news, former Missouri righthander Aaron Crow won the 2008 Roger Clemens Award. He beat out San Diego’s Brian Matusz, Georgia’s Joshua Fields and Miami’s Chris Hernandez. Crow, the ninth overall pick, did not sign with the Nationals before the Aug. 15 signing deadline and will pitch for the independent Fort Worth Cats next spring, then re-enter the draft.
Finally, the Southeastern Conference and ESPN reached a television deal that will have a significant impact on baseball.
Here’s a quick rundown of the baseball ramifications, according to SEC associate director of media relations Chuck Dunlap:
At least one or two regular-season games per year will air on either ESPN or ESPN2, and the SEC Tournament championship game will air on ESPN or ESPN2. There will also be increased regular-season coverage of SEC game on ESPN Regional television, and selected regular-season game on ESPNU. The conference and ESPN will work to secure maximum exposure of the early rounds of the SEC Tournament, whether on ESPN regional syndication, ESPNU or ESPN Classic. After that, schools still maintain the ability to contract TV rights for additional games with outlets such as regional FSN, SUN Sports, CSS, SportsSouth and others.
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