The 2017 College World Series is underway, with the 64-team NCAA baseball tournament field whittled down to the final eight schools ready to battle for the title at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
Five of the top eight national seeds advanced to the College World Series, including No. 1 Oregon State, No. 3 Florida, and No. 4 LSU. Only two of these eight teams Florida and No. 6 TCU played in the College World Series in 2016.
The Nationals had an early six-run lead in the first three innings over the Marlins on June 19. The Marlins then equalized at the bottom of the third. In the seventh inning, Giancarlo Stanton tied the game at 7-7, and in the 9th Marcell Ozuna hit a walk-off single.
As the play unfolds, Robertson pump fakes to Deichmann over the top a perfectly viable option, given Deichmann’s speed as a downfield threat but ends up handing off to second baseman Cole Freeman, who runs a counter around the left side for a sizable gain. All told, not bad execution from the diamond Tigers, who should perhaps get in touch with LSU’s football coach, Ed Orgeron.
That’s why the MLB draft is littered with position changes because usually the best athletes rise to the top. It’s why before Amos Otis and Hal McRae were two-thirds of a pennant-winning outfield for the Royals, they were high school shortstops drafted in 1965. It’s why Trevor Hoffman will make the Hall of Fame, even though he was an awful shortstop.
Our job today is to make the best possible team from all the position changes in draft history. And by best, I mean most amusing to me, a horrible person who needs chaos to survive. I’m not trying to make the best team. I’m trying to make the funniest team that would have a chance to score 1,000 runs.