Ducks’ Baseball Stock Plummets in Starkville! Ouch.

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It’s Saturday, March 12, 2016. We are sitting here with a pain in the back of our neck after watching our Ducks drop their 2nd game to the Mississippi State University Bulldogs. The Duck hitting seemed anemic and their stellar starting pitching, much praised with cause, appeared to lose presence. A text from a friend, he aware of my strong interest …

How Oregon’s New Closer Mows them Down …

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We are excited to hear the accolades being handed to one of our favorite Duck pitchers, Stephen Nogosek. Nogosek, a Duck junior out of Woodcreek High School in Roseville, Calif., is the son of Troy and Jennifer Nogosek. Stephen was a 4-year letterman in baseball at Woodcreek High and captained both the baseball and football teams. His abilities were not …

Ducks Far From First to Stir the Uniform Pot

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Oregon’s boys of summer are enhancing the gray on their coaches’ heads as they work to discover a reason for the Ducks’ inconsistent performance this season. A few folks have mentioned some characteristics, other than the team’s play on the diamond, that might be contributing to the performance slide.  Those folks to the north are fond of making less than positive …

Coming Home to the Pacific NW and Oregon Baseball!

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My friends…it is that time of year when groundhogs and daffodils poke up out of the ground and the “Ol’ Baseball Guy,” Gar Pearson, emerges to share his thoughts about our Diamond Ducks. Gar knows baseball, but was on a work assignment in Michigan for quite some time and away from his beloved Ducks too long. Look for his articles …

The Ducks Are Keen on the Value of Gold!

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It has been written that April showers bring May flowers!  Could we add to that a wet baseball, uncomfortable uniforms and, despite being the namesake of waterfowl, disappointment to the Ducks’ hardball team? Downpours be damned, they had the lead 1-0 going into the 8th inning and their Gold was setting the standard, 7 innings completed, allowing 0 runs, giving free …

Ducks’ Nine Getting Needed Relief!

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[Ed note: The first three paragraphs reference north-of-the-Columbia River stuff — this is the epitome of “friends in low places.”] I knew it was coming, it always does, my buddy Frank and his Husky purple heart calling to give me grief over the Ducks losing their PAC-12 baseball series to the Huskies.  I’ve known Frank for a lifetime, and he has …

Outfielders Win Championships

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(FishDuck Note: While we provide football analysis year-round, we also provide Basketball Analysis in season, and now BASEBALL ANALYSIS!  While the season is nearly half gone — Oregon has not had a game on TV until this next weekend, hence we use footage from last year on this first one as a demonstration of the importance of our outfielders.  We …

Duck Baseball and Clam Chowder Magna Cum Laude!

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame is embodied in a wonderful, family-themed time at PK Park.  We’ll get back to talking about playing the game later. It was a Saturday afternoon game and who the Ducks were playing didn’t matter, because we were there to enjoy ourselves win, lose or draw.  However, don’t get too excited — we do care and a Duck …

Duck Pitching: Fastball Risin’

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Standing in the office window watching relentless rain pelt the garage roof, my mind wanders, savoring the memory of Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep of Seattle University by the men of Ducks Baseball.  It occurred to me that many fans may not always understand the nuances of the information being provided by play-by-play announcers as they keep us abreast of what is happening …

Duck Baseball — A Man’s Bat is His Refuge

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An aspect of a baseball game that we give very little thought to are the bats used. Bats are a very personal issue with ball players — and at the professional level it is almost a ‘reverent sacrilege’ to fool with another player’s bat.  Furthermore, let the equipment manager put a regular player’s bat in a different position in the rack and …

Oregon’s Championship Luck

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Teams that win championships have a number of seasonal components, all of which will contribute to their success.  Elements such as coaching talent, player ability, facilities and the support of administration and fans frame a fifth component “Championship Luck.”   One seldom reads or hears of Championship Luck contributing to a pivotal game victory.  Instead, we read of a freshman having …

Lets Talk About a Couple of Recruits!

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My desk is a mess, we are up to our elbows in work that demands attention, the temp outside is 19 degrees, the east wind is screaming down the Gorge and snow is falling like a lake-effect blizzard in Cleveland – but we can’t get focused because we are really excited about a couple of Oregon Duck baseball recruits! Looking out the …