Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament

Baseball is present all over the state of Ohio. Division III college baseball converged in Marietta, Ohio this past weekend.

This past weekend, some great baseball action took place in Marietta, Ohio.  Division III baseball’s back-to-back national champion, Marietta College, hosted 3 of the other top teams of the Ohio Athletic Conference.  John Carroll University, Mount Union College, and Otterbein University made the trip to southern Ohio to compete for the automatic bid to the Division III baseball tournament.  We tend to focus on professional sports teams on Stuck in the Middle, but it’s also important to uncover the action that occurs at the collegiate level!  Continue reading

Where is everybody?

An empty section of a Washington Nationals game at Nationals Park on August 25, 2010 Photo credit: theqspeaks / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Baseball season has arrived and has begun its slow spring start.  Baseball stadiums in the Ohio are bustling yet attendance numbers are disappointing.  During the early months of baseball season it is difficult to get butts in the seats, and that has not changed this season.

Why aren’t people going to games?

It’s cold.  Schools are still in session.  Standing out in 40 to 50 degree weather, sometimes raining and harsh winds isn’t that enjoyable.  Teams like the Dodgers, Giants and Cardinals have seen good attendance numbers…all in warm weather climate.  Northern Ohio sports suffer in the early spring and it’s an unfortunate regular occurrence.

It’s difficult to fill seats for 81 home games in a season…but no direct action has been taken to fix this glaring problem.   The Cleveland Indians have historically struggled in the month of April (The Diff: Baseball attendance in April, sellout streaks).  After opening day, attendance numbers dwindle until the months of summer. Continue reading

Reds, Indians, Who to Watch

Give me some peanuts and cracker jacks.  I’m ready for some baseball.  We are just days away from opening day and the Indians and Reds are making their final roster adjustments.  Here are the two guys to watch this season from your Reds and Indians.

Michael Bourn CF, Cleveland Indians

The Tribe needs an offensive leader and why wouldn’t it come from the top of the line up?  Michael Bourn is projected to leadoff for the Indians (Projected MLB Lineups-CBS Sports).  Putting Bourn in the top spot should promote the offense the Indians have been looking for.  Last year with the Braves Bourn batted .274 with 57 runs batted in.  The Indians offense will depend on Bourn to get the job done by getting on base and guiding the younger talent.

Todd Frazier 3B, Cincinnati Reds

Both the Indians and the Reds have selected new opening day starters for third base.  Although, the Reds third base position has some big shoes to fill.  The Scott Rolen reign at third has ended and Todd Frazier has been selected to fill that void full-time.  Frazier hit .273 with 19 home runs while only starting 66 games last season.  Reds fans are confident in his success at the plate, but his play in the infield will be the x-factor.  He totaled 5 errors in his partial season in 2012.  If Frazier can be solid defensively and produce at the plate, the Reds will have another strong weapon against the tight NL Central.  For more on Frazier’s journey to the starting lineup: (Third is Frazier’s base to lose-Newark Advocate). Continue reading

The top 3 you need to read

Our mission here is to communicate news from all three of the major regions in the Buckeye state. From Cleveland, to Columbus, to Cincinnati…here’s who I follow to get the latest sports news.

Cleveland- Waiting For Next Year www.waitingfornextyear.com
Yes, this is the attitude Cleveland sports fans express every year. Waiting For Next Year is all about Cleveland sports and what they actually mean to the city.  It’s written for an average person to read and not a snazzy up newspaper clipping.  They talk about Indians, Browns, Cavs, and even some Columbus stuff.  And if you were wondering, yes they do have T-shirts with the blog’s logo.

Columbus- BlueJackets Xtra http://bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/
This blog’s primary focus is on Columbus’ professional hockey team, the Blue Jackets.  Dispatch writers Aaron Portzline, Shawn Mitchell and Michael Arace are the contributors to the blog.  They frequently report on the team’s daily news from practice.  Plus they link some great photos of game action on the site.

Cincinnati- Cincy Jungle http://www.cincyjungle.com/
Labeled as “a Cincinnati Bengals community,” this blog takes us through the wild Cincinnati sports scene.  Most posts are about the Bengals and the NFL.  Because it’s dedicated to Cincy, their topics go farther than the average ESPN article.  In a recent post they discussed the impact on the NFL’s cut list on the Bengals roster.