HOOVER, Ala. — It’s been a busy day at Regions Park in Hoover Ala., host site of the Southeastern Conference’s Baseball Tournament.In addition to the teams taking to the field practice, the All-SEC teams were also announced.
Here are some added Q&As from Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco and South Carolina coach Ray Tanner that won’t make it into tomorrow’s Oxford EAGLE:
New clock rules going to play much of a role in the tournament?
I really don’t see it effecting us much at all. I don’t know what they call it, a violation? That may happen, but we ran a stop watch in the dugout the last couple weeks and the 20 seconds between pitches — I don’t think that’s going to be a factor at all
What about the clock between innings?
I think if the kids are aware of it I don’t think it’s going to be a problem. I think it’s more of a.. when there’s no clock and there’s no TV, sometimes they wait for the catcher to get his gear on and I think there’s some innings that probably last longer than 108 seconds… I hope it’ll have an effect, otherwise we’re wasting our time doing it. I think all the coaches wanted to do something to help this tournament. It’s the best tournament in the country, but we want to make it better.
Think about the possibility of winning the award much?
I don’t think about stuff like that. Just play and let it take care of itself.
What worked against South Carolina earlier this year?
I was throwing strikes with all my pitches and staying in good counts. They didn’t hit me very hard. They put down the two bunts for hits. It’ll be the same approach but maybe a little more aggressive. Go right at them, and make them hit me.
Thoughts on the tournament? Wide open?
I gotta think it is. They’re are some very good teams here. If you have to pick a team, you almost haev to pick Florida because of the way they’ve played. That being said, last year Arkansas made it to the World Series and they were the seventh seed (here). So a lot of great teams here.
Thoughts on how teams approach the tournament?
I think sometimes coaches in the league get questioned and maybe even criticized about not taking this tournament seriously. I don’t think you’ll find a coach here that doesn’t want to win. We want to stay, because if you go home you practice. We want to stay and play. I told our guys if we go home we go two a days. We really buckle down. We stay we play, so everybody wants to go deep. There’s no question about it.
Lastly, here’s a picture of Pomeranz being interviewed by Baseball America‘s Aaron Fitt during the SEC’s first-ever “BP Show” on the field:
For updates throughout the tournament (as long as the Rebels remain in it) be sure to check back to the EAGLE‘s Sports Blog. You can also follow me on Twitter (@patrickochs).
Tomorrow’s 1 p.m. (approximate) game will be televised on SportsSouth. (May 25, 2010)