Rocky Alvarez posted:RJM posted:R Alvarez posted:RJM posted:
Rocky (or R???), glad you have decided to take the high road with this post. That has not been the case with you the last few days here and it hasn't just been directed toward RJM. I don't know if the screen name change has anything to do with trying for a better start but that would be a good thing.
Clearly, RJM's reference to "mediocre", "doormat" and "playing at the lowest level" was in reference to the bottom half of D3 baseball programs, not a reflection of their academics. While I agree with you that it is an accomplishment to play college level baseball at any level, he is technically correct that the lower level D3 programs are the lowest level of college baseball and the fact is that some of these programs can be beat by a decent HS team. That certainly isn't a desirable scenario for most players aspiring to play college baseball. (And, yes, there are certainly also some very good D3 baseball programs, just as with every level.) It is important, also, to recognize that because D3 offers no athletic scholarship and because so many of these small colleges rely on boosting enrollment via "recruiting" as many athletes on to campus as possible to add to the tuition coffer, those coaches will quite often show more enthusiasm in "recruiting speak", responses to texts and emails and engagement in camp dialog. It can be particularly difficult to decipher real interest in the player as a key contributor in the baseball program, even when they display these high levels of engagement prior to arrival on campus. This is the other side of the coin that is important to also share with your readers as you advise with regards to the recruiting path, particularly as it relates to D3.