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Drains Makes A Name For Himself

John Manuel -

R.A. Dickey, like virtually every big league knuckleballer, turned to the pitch as a last resort, only after all other options for being a viable big leaguer failed. Jackson State righthander Quintavious Drains throws the knuckleball for a different reason, though. The senior hopes the knuckleball eventually can be a consistent part of his repertoire as a change-of-pace pitch, to help him honor the memory of Darrin Brooks, his friend who introduced him to the pitch.

College | #2012#Column

Danny Hall’s Alumni Make A Pretty Impressive Club

John Manuel -

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek retired last week. While his major league career was a significant one—with two World Series championships as captain of the Red Sox, 1,307 career hits, a .256/.341/.435 slash line and 193 career home runs—Varitek's college career, in relative terms, was even more significant. For all intents and purposes, Jason Varitek was the best catcher in college baseball history.

College | #2012#Column

Honkbal Heyday, Canadian Gold Show Game’s Globalization

John Manuel -

Canada won the Pan Am Games and the Netherlands won the World Cup as baseball becomes more global than ever. Ten nations have won tournaments of some import in the 13 years of the current era of professionals in international play: Australia (1999 Intercontinental Cup), Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic (2010 Pan Am/World Cup qualifier), Italy (European championships, most recently in 2010); Japan (two World Baseball Classics), the Netherlands, South Korea (2008 Olympics), Taiwan (Asia Games, most recently in 2009); and the United States. How many sports can match that track record?

College | #2011#Column