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3/21/2012 11:49:26 AM

RJIM
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After losing some close games LBSU seems to have thrown in the towel as they got pummeled by Pepperdine. What happened to the once respected and proud program? In his second year at the helm of the 49er’s (They no longer deserve the moniker of “Dirtbags”) Troy Buckley has steered the ship directly towards the ice berg, or is it the “offensive coordinator’s” fault? The pitching coach as the head coach is a tricky situation, Serrano and Horton can certainly do both but they each have top notch offensive coordinators, John Savage’s success has always been tied to the quality of his assistants, when he had Gill, Vanderhook, and now Peters (all Titans) he was successful, he had a few guys in between that were no good and it showed in the lack of success. We will see how conference goes but they are not headed in the right direction and if this continues expect a shake up in the coaching staff. Except for a few years under Dave Snow (former Titan) the 49er’s have been the ugly step child of Cal State Fullerton and it only took a blink of the eye for UCI to come in and kick LB St. to the curb. if you can’t beat em….hire one of them, Why do you think everyone hires assistants from the New England Patriots??? They have a proven winning formula. With no track record of developing young coaches (like CSF) there is no one to take the helm and if things continue Buckley will only have a few more years then the job will probably go to a Titan anyway.
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3/21/2012 1:34:58 PM

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You're selling Snow a little short. He was there for thirteen years with eleven regionals and four trips to Omaha. Weathers was solid for a while with the guys that Snow had recruited (Weaver era) but they petered out in his last couple of years.

The pitching has gotten better every year from '10 to present since Buckley came back from his two year absence while working for the Pirates. The hitting and fielding, on the other hand.......

They brought in Zepeda last year and Gilbert this year to work with the position players. They both have solid credentials - Zepeda at Cal Poly and Gilbert played for a long time in the minors with some stints in the majors. I don't see Buckley blowing those guys out and starting over with new coaches but who knows.

The bottom line is they need to recruit better position players. Prigatano and Patron are a good start, Duffy should be drafted in the first ten rounds (but hasn't played like it this season) and Metzger gives them good SR leadership but most of the guys they have playing would have trouble cracking the lineup at the better schools in the conference.
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3/21/2012 2:17:13 PM

RJIM
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Yea didnt mean to sell Coach Snow short, obvioulsy one of the best coaches to ever put on a uniform. Not sure that you can call any experance at Cal Poly as "solid credentials" I just think that long beach has struggled with is staff since the days of Snow, Weathers, Yogi, and Chris Gill.
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3/21/2012 5:35:42 PM

FullertonBaseballFan
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Hitting hasn't been the problem at Cal Poly for why they have only gone to one regional (and were screwed out of two others in '07 and especially in '05). They were always one of the better hitting teams in the Big West but how much of that was Lee and how much of that was Zepeda? Their pitching went into the tank when Weinstein left after '06 to go coach in pro ball.
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