Miami, ranked as the No.13 team in the nation by the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll, is just over one week away from kicking off it’s home opener against Rutgers next Friday. Although the Canes are coming off a year in which seven former players left for the MLB, there is hope that this year’s team can be the first in four years to go back to Omaha.
At Morris’s opening press conference in February before the season started, he compared this team to the 1999 team. That squad won the College World Series based on the same small ball formula. In 1998 the Canes lost stars like Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff and Jason Michaels and rebounded with a historic season. The same can be said 10 years later if the Canes can win after losing names like Yonder Alonso, Jemile Weeks and Dennis Raben.
Heading into the season, No. 11 Miami knew it would have to rely on a young team of 11 true freshmen. What head coach Jim Morris didn’t know was that with less than a month left in the regular season, senior right-hander Jason Santana would prove to be the biggest surprise.
I am not saying this year’s team is a title contender. I do, however, refuse to rule them out after four games.
Since the final issue of last semester, the University of Miami baseball team has been very active.
The program set many records in 2008 but it will have a much different look in 2009. As they say, all great things must come to an end.