The Richmond Spiders baseball team is going into its season with quiet confidence after a disappointing 20-31-2 season in 2008, coach Mark McQueen said at Virginia Commonwealth University's Siegel Center on Wednesday. VCU hosted a college baseball forum for local college baseball players and coaches to answer questions from the media. "We didn't do so well last year, in terms of wins and losses," McQueen said.
Last week, a 9-year-old pitcher made national headlines. If you haven't heard the story, Jericho Scott of New Haven, Conn., was banned from the Liga Juvenil de Baseball de New Haven because many parents and league officials felt his 40-mph fastballs were too advanced for the beginners' league. Some have said Scott should have been allowed to stay in the league; others have argued that he should just move up to play with older kids who could hit his pitches.
The way to coach is a little different these days, says Mark McQueen, the University of Richmond baseball team's new head coach. Coaching techniques were more forceful in the past, very negative, and were always focused on telling players what they had done wrong.