BYU baseball: the Cougars experienced a season of ups and downs

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  • DodgerDoug Salem, UT
    June 19, 2014 11:51 p.m.

    There is so much local talent in the high school ranks here in Utah. I wish BYU would look more at the local kids. BYU, you need to be looking at Colton Hill who will be returning from his mission next year. A lefty who dominated 4A hitters his senior year at Salem Hills!

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    June 19, 2014 8:19 p.m.

    We can only use the mission age change excuse for this season. And we can only get so much mileage out of the cold weather team excuse. The fact is BYU baseball has been underachieving for quite some time.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    June 19, 2014 12:43 a.m.

    Cold weather schools have a huge disadvantage in recruiting players. Who wants to sit in the sleet, hail, windstorms and snow along with heat... all in the same game? And play most of your first 20 games on the road? College baseball is just played at the wrong time of the year for cold weather schools which is why all of the teams in the CWS are warm weather schools. I loved the years Pullins had Joyner, Snider, Kendrick and more, but that hasn't come back and with the mission age it won't likely return.

  • PG33 Layton, Utah
    June 18, 2014 10:14 p.m.

    BYU baseball is experiencing player attrition due to the age change of missionary service to 18 years old. They essentially had 19 year olds and 18 year olds both go on missions at the same time. This is happening in other sports too but it especially hurts baseball because they had three players leave school early last year because they got drafted by MLB. Give them some time. They showed some flashes of good things to come with the limited talent they had last year. They will get back to their winning ways. I have no worries about BYU's baseball team going forward. It is in good hands with their current coaching staff. I just hope that the players develop better mental toughness, loyalty to each other and put in a lot of work in the offseason.

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    June 18, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    I know I'm old, but I can't remember the last time BYU even advanced to the NCAA tourney in baseball.

  • Yerffoegn Maricopa, Az
    June 18, 2014 3:38 p.m.

    If we can't reach the same level of success we have in basketball and football occasionally it's time to stop wasting our time and drop the sport