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I'm a blogger at SimmonsField.com, a site dedicated to Mizzou Baseball.

My readers and I know a lot about Big 12 Baseball. We can tell you the quirks of the coaches of each of the teams, the strange traditions of each team, and all kinds of things that make Big 12 Baseball a little bit different from baseball elsewhere.

We know next to nothing about SEC Baseball.

Which is where you come in, I hope.

Educate me, so I can educate our fans and followers.

What should we know about SEC Baseball? Coaches' quirks. Little known SEC rules on the field and off. Skeletons in the closet. Best places to hang out in SEC towns.

In exchange, I'll be glad to answer any questions you have about Mizzou Baseball. I'm working on a blog post called The SEC Fan's Guide to Mizzou Baseball.

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Things you should know...Vandy, South Carolina, and Florida run things when it comes to baseball. Other SEC schools that get really pumped about baseball is LSU, Arkansas, and Ole Miss. I know a lot about Vandy but not really the other schools

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aTm lost to SC in the College World Series to SC score was 5 to 4.

SC has won the CWS in 2010 and 2011.

aTm 's program is ranked in the top 10 for the last 5 or 6 years.

Olsen Field has been undergoing a $24 million dollar renovation lead by the Kruse Family that owns this little creamery up the road named Blue Bell where they make ice cream. The new theme and layout is like a park with lawn seating along with regular and premium seating. Hence the new name Olson Field at Blue Bell Park.

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Our best baseball schools: LSU, USC, Florida, Vanderbilt, TAMU, and Arkansas.

If Florida wins the College World Series, they will be the third team in NCAA history (and the first/only university in the SEC) to win titles in football, basketball, and baseball. Only Ohio State and Michigan have done the same, so they would also be the first/only outside the Big Ten.

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Things you should know...Vandy, South Carolina, and Florida run things when it comes to baseball. Other SEC schools that get really pumped about baseball is LSU, Arkansas, and Ole Miss. I know a lot about Vandy but not really the other schools

I think we are forgetting MSU. 8 appearances in the College World Series, 10 SEC championships, 6 first round draft picks to MLB, and 28 NCAA regional appearances.

Maybe not here lately, but MSU baseball is on the rise. We have mostly sophomores on the team.. and more than 20 players who are decent pitchers. Get excited for MSU baseball in the next few years.

Also, welcome to SECtalk.

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We suck at everything except basketball.

Places to hang out in Lexington: Keeneland Race Course (October/April), Malone's, Two Keys Tavern and Tolly Ho's.

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Most SEC schools are very into baseball.

Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and LSU seat 10,000+ if I'm not mistaken.

CWS appearances:

LSU (15) - 6

South Carolina (10) - 2

Mississippi State (8)

Florida (7)

Arkansas (6)

Georgia (6) - 1

Alabama (5)

Tennessee (4)

Ole Miss (4)

Auburn (4)

Vanderbilt (1)

Kentucky (0)

Everyone but Vandy averages 3,000+ per game every year, and the four West teams all average over 9,000.

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....Joker should coach our baseball team too.

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The Mississippi State staff and Florida staff don't like each other.

Florida's head coach and Vandy's head coach are close friends.

Arkansas and LSU have the best stadiums.

MSU, Ole Miss, and Vandy are trending up for the time being.

South Carolina, Florida, and Vandy are the current cream-of-the-crop.

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Baum Stadium is the s--t. The Hawgs should be championship competitive again this year.

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Baum Stadium is the s--t. The Hawgs should be championship competitive again this year.

You guys got screwed last year, then wet the bed.

That regional was tough to watch.

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Just look at the attendance rankings. We dominate. SEC folks love their baseball and each thinks their atmosphere is the best. I have been to just about every Ole Miss baseball game over the last 3 or 4 years. Thousands of students pack into right field with coolers and get drunk and rowdy. A homerun triggers quite the beer shower. There are several traditions. My favorite is the interaction with the students and our RF/CF guys. After warmups before the first inning they throw the ball in the student section. The students write on it with pens and sharpies and throw it back to them the next inning. The cycle goes on and on. At the end of the game, the ball is full of pure gold humor. Other traditions include the "throw it in the dirt" guy who sadly passed away a couple of years ago after leading the chant for decades. Here's the gayest tradition....but its fun when you are drunk I guess.

Student section

Typical from Arkansas - cheating

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And the reason vandy only averages around 3000 is bc our stadium only holds 3600

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You guys got screwed last year, then wet the bed.

That regional was tough to watch.

More like s--t the bed. But that was last year, and I'm hoping to get to Omaha this season and have the legs to finish.

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Best places to eat in Starkville- The Veranda, Mugshots, and Strombolis.

Best places to hang out- Bin 612 and Daves Dark Horse Tavern

For bar fights- Cowbells

We have "left field lounge". Nice place to chill, drink beer, and watch baseball. Don't forget your cowbell!

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The SEC has won three National Titles in a row:

2011 -- South Carolina

2010 -- South Carolina

2009 -- LSU

In the last CWS, the SEC teams went undefeated against all other conferences

LSU is the greatest program in the conference, they have a brand-new ball park (completed 2-3 years ago) that is the largest stadium in college baseball. Also, LSU has finished #1 in total attendance for the last 14 years straight. They have the Most National Championships by far of any SEC team (most recent in 2009). They also lead the SEC in Most CWS Appearances (including 2 of the last 4 years), Most SEC Regular Season Champions (most recent in 2009), Most SEC Baseball Tournament Champions (they won three out of the last four), etc

South Carolina is 2nd in the SEC with most National Championships (2) and also 2nd in the SEC with most CWS appearances. They built themselves a brand new ball park recently and are among the top in the NCAA in regular attendance (#4 in the NCAA each of the last two years). They were SEC Regular Season Champs three times in the last 10 years: 2000, 2002, and 2011 and they went to the CWS five times in the last 10 years: 02, 03, 04, 10, 11. For 2012, they are projected to be one of the top 3 teams in the SEC

Arkansas is always up there among the top in the NCAA in regular attendance (#3 in the NCAA last year and #2 the year before that) and they have the nicest ballpark in the SEC. Arkansas last went to the CWS twice in the last 10 years: 2004 and 2009, they last won the SEC in 2004, and they've been to the NCAAT 10 times since 2000: 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11

Ole Miss is always up there among the top in the NCAA in regular attendance (#2 in the NCAA last year, #3 the year before that). They last won the SEC in 2009 and have been to the NCAAT nine times since 2000: 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10

Mississppi State is always up there among the top in the NCAA in regular attendance (#6 in the NCAA the last two years straight). Their ballpark is great in that they pull up trailers to stand on behind the outfield. MSU last went to the CWS in 2007. They've been to the NCAAT eight times since 2000: 00, 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 11

Alabama was #12 in the NCAA in regular attendance last year, and #9 the year before that. They last won the SEC in 2006 and have been to the NCAAT nine times since 2000: 00, 02, 03, 05, 06, 08, 09, 10, 11

Florida was #13 in the NCAA in regular attendance for the last two years straight. They have won the SEC for the last two years in a row, and have gone to the CWS for the last two years in a row. For 2012, they are projected to be one of the top 3 teams in the SEC

Auburn was #23 and #21 in the NCAA in regular attendance over the last 2 years. They've gone to the NCAAT 6 times since 2000 (00, 01, 02, 03, 05, 10)

Vanderbilt was #27 and #28 in the NCAA in regular attendance over the last 2 years. They went to their first CWS in school history last year. They were garbage in the 80's, 90's and early 20's, but then Tim Corbin took over in 2003, and by 2004 and had brought them to their first NCAAT since 1980. That was the first of seven recent trips to the NCAAT for Vandy: 04, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11. In 2007, they won their first SEC Title since 1980, and last year they won the SEC again. It's an impressive thing to watch what Corbin is doing over there, bring in a wealth of talent to a school with a crappy baseball stadium and a crappy baseball tradition. For 2012, they are projected to be one of the top 3 teams in the SEC

Georgia is the only team in the SEC to win a National Title besides LSU and South Carolina, and they did so in 1990. They were #25 and #30 in the NCAA in regular attendance over the last 2 years. They've been to the CWS four times since 2000: 01, 04, 06, 08. They've been to the NCAAT sevem times since 2000: 01, 02, 04, 06, 08, 09, 11. And they've won the SEC three times since 2000: 01, 04, 08

Tennessee was #38 and #40 in the NCAA in regular attendance over the last 2 years. They've been to the CWS twice since 2000: 01, 05 and they've been to the NCAAT 3 times since 2000: 01, 04, 05

Kentucky was #34 and #35 in the NCAA in regular attendance over the last 2 years. They won the SEC in 2006, and went to the NCAAT twice since 2000: 06, 08.

BASEBALL AMERICA'S PROJECTED FIELD OF 64 FOR 2012 NCAAT

1-seeds/Regional host

(1) Florida

(6) Vanderbilt

South Carolina

2-seeds

Arkansas

LSU

Mississippi

Texas A&M

3-seeds

Auburn

Georgia

BaseballAmerica.com: College: Season Preview: Preseason Projected Field Of 64

National Titles

6 -- LSU (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009)

2 -- South Carolina (2010, 2011)

1 -- Georgia (1990)

CWS Appearances

15 -- LSU (86, 87, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 96, 97, 98, 00, 03, 04, 08, 09)

10 -- South Carolina (75, 77, 81, 82, 85, 02, 03, 04, 10, 11)

8 -- Miss State (71, 79, 81, 85, 90, 97, 98, 07)

7 -- Florida (88, 91, 96, 98, 05, 10, 11)

6 -- Georgia (87, 90, 01, 04, 06, 08)

6 -- Arkansas (79, 85, 87, 89, 04, 09)

5 -- Alabama (50, 83, 96, 97, 99)

4 -- Tennesssee (51, 95, 01, 05)

4 -- Auburn (67, 76, 94, 97)

4 -- Mississippi (56, 64, 69, 72)

1 -- Vanderbilt (11)

0 -- Kentucky

SEC Regular Season Champions

14 -- LSU (39, 43, 46, 61, 75, 86, 90, 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 03, 09*)

14 -- Alabama (34, 35, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, 47, 50, 55, 68, 83, 96, 06*)

12 -- Florida (52, 56, 62, 81, 82, 84, 88, 96, 98, 05, 10, 11*)

10 -- Miss State (48, 49, 65, 66, 70, 71, 79, 85, 87, 89)

7 -- Ole Miss (59, 60, 64, 69, 72, 77, 09*)

6 -- Georgia (33, 53, 54, 01, 08)

5 -- Auburn (37, 58, 63, 67, 76, 78)

5 -- Vanderbilt (73, 74, 80, 07, 11*)

3 -- South Carolina (00, 02, 11*)

3 -- Tennessee (51, 94, 95)

2 -- Arkansas (99, 04)

1 -- Kentucky (06*)

*split champs

SEC Baseball Tournament Champions

9 -- LSU (86, 90, 92, 93, 94, 00, 08, 09, 10)

8 -- Alabama (83, 95, 96, 97, 99, 02, 03)

6 -- Miss State (79, 85, 87, 90, 01, 05)

6 -- Florida (81, 82, 84, 88, 91, 11)

3 -- Auburn (78, 89, 98)

3 -- Tennessee (93, 94, 95)

2 -- Vanderbilt (80, 07)

2 -- Ole Miss (77, 06)

1 -- South Carolina (04)

2011 NCAA Baseball Attendance (by average game attendance)

1. LSU 10,556

2. Ole Miss 8,156

3. Arkansas 7,932

4. South Carolina 7,431

6. Mississippi State 6,103

12. Alabama 3,904

13. Florida 3,753

21. Auburn 2,967

27. Vanderbilt 2,681

30. Georgia 2,262

T34. Kentucky 1,649

40. Tennessee 1,455

2011 Division 1 College Baseball Attendance Report

2010 NCAA Baseball Attendance (by average game attendance)

1. LSU 10,673

2. Arkansas 7,704

3. Ole Miss 6,759

4. South Carolina 6,758

6. Mississppi St 6,065

9. Alabama 4,156

13. Florida 3,505

23. Auburn 2,671

25. Georgia 2,633

28. Vanderbilt 2,269

35. Kentucky 1,860

38. Tennesee 1,690

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Letters just ended the thread. Yep we are the best. No doubt. Welcome Mizzou. You are going to need more than Scherzer and Crowe to beat us :trollface:

But seriously, the addition of TAMU and Mizzou will just make the conference that much stronger on the diamond. Two great programs.

Missouri played in Oxford a couple years ago. Regional I think. Crowe was impressive. Where is that kid now?

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Don't overshadow that Vandy has the number 1 ranked recruiting class this season :)

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Just like our football team our fairly successful 90s coach (Rod Delmonico) started to drive the program down until fired then his replacement (Todd Raleigh) finished destroying the program. We hired Dave Serrano from Cal State Fullerton over the summer.

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Just like our football team our fairly successful 90s coach (Rod Delmonico) started to drive the program down until fired then his replacement (Todd Raleigh) finished destroying the program. We hired Dave Serrano from Cal State Fullerton over the summer.

Very good hire in my opinion.

Who is your new AD?

Hamilton is gone, right?

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Very good hire in my opinion.

Who is your new AD?

Hamilton is gone, right?

Hammy is gone. Serrano was actually hired in the interim by our women's AD. The new guy is Dave Hart who was the assistant AD at Bama (08-11) and before that the AD at FSU during their glory days (and also for a little bit of the NCAA sanction time before he resigned).

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UGA has one of the least impressive stadiums in the SEC (soon to be renovated), but the atmosphere is one of the best of all, because of it's unique nature. There is a kudzu covered hill beyond the right field wall (known simply as the "kudzu hill"), and above it sit a few houses (part of a neighborhood behind the park) where every home game fans pack into the back yards, grilling and drinking, shouting into megaphones, and hanging memorable homemade signs over the fence. So beloved is the spectacle that the University has sought to find a way to renovate and expand the current stadium rather than build a new one, keeping ivy hill a part of Foley Field.

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UGA has one of the least impressive stadiums in the SEC (soon to be renovated), but the atmosphere is one of the best of all, because of it's unique nature. There is an ivy covered hill beyond the right field wall (known simply as the "ivy hill"), and above it sit a few houses (part of a neighborhood behind the park) where every home game fans pack into the back yards, grilling and drinking, shouting into megaphones, and hanging memorable homemade signs over the fence. So beloved is the spectacle that the University has sought to find a way to renovate and expand the current stadium rather than build a new one, keeping ivy hill a part of Foley Field.

When you say ivy you really mean kudzu?

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