Feb 3, 2020
Welcome to Episode 56 of The Podcast About Division III
Baseball. The 2020 season has hilariously already begun, despite
most D-III schools being in places where it is way too cold to play
baseball right now. Thanks, Texas! This is our first of eight
regional preview pods, and we are indeed beginning out West. After
the usual caveats (0:00-5:45), we cover the four conferences in the
West region. Topics include:
- Concordia (Texas) (at 5:45) is loaded with an incredible 1-2
punch in the rotation and some experienced talent in the
- East Texas Baptist (at 10:30) is never boring but will have to
replace some big bats
- Other contenders (at 12:45) -- Hardin-Simmons, Howard
Payne...the Mary Hardin-Baylor Fightin' Stawskis???
- Trinity (Texas) (at 14:15) is primed to be excellent again,
hopefully lead by #SeniorYearRafe
- Texas Lutheran (at 17:15) can always be trusted to contend, but
will need some arms to step up
- Southwestern (at 19:40) has some really exciting talent...are
these Pirates gonna be better than the Pittsburgh Pirates?
- Centenary (at 23:40) is usually pretty good too -- go
- Chapman (at 25:25) graduated over 300 innings, but they just
won the National Championship and may have the best pitcher in the
country so they'll probably still be pretty damn good!
- La Verne (at 32:15) -- why the Leopards might be ready to be
the next breakout SCIAC team
- Occidental (at 34:50) has an elite arm in Nolan McCarthy and a
- Other contenders (at 37:30) -- Cal Lutheran, Pomona-Pitzer, and
- NWC (at 38:50)
- This conference is probably underrated but also a mess so we
talked about basically all the teams while also explaining why we
think Whitman is the favorite
We concluded with a few other notable player shout outs (at
43:30), our teams to beat (at 44:20), and our player and pitcher of
the year picks for the region (at 45:50). Then we say goodbye.
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