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    Gopher softball 2021

    Reading through the newcomers' bios shows a lot of good credentials. It's to be wished there's a Hope Brandner-type talent in there somewhere. The Gophers need it in the middle of the hitting order.
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    Gopher softball 2021

    Interesting analysis. I can't disagree with any of it. Let's hope for ever better things upcoming. With a great fan base and a solid coaching staff, there's every reason for the Gophers program to keep getting even better in coming years.
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    Gopher softball 2021

    Jaydee: "I was specifically responding to the thread about superstars and specifically needing big bats....just reporting what I see." I'm also reporting what I saw. I went to FLA this past spring & saw several Gophers games, also followed others online. It was disheartening to see how...
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    Gopher softball 2021

    Just a point: I remember a poster, on some site or other, arguing that Trachsel recruited West Coast players for the Gophers but didn't get the absolute cream of the crop or close to it. I don't know if that's true. If it is, Wynn and Richardson should be able to improve on the caliber of...
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    Gopher softball 2021

    While watching a Gophers fall-ball game 4 years ago, I fell into conversation w/ another spectator. He turned out to be Jessica Allister's uncle, an English prof at St. Olaf. He pointed out that there were some first-year players on the field who "are potential superstars." Among them were...
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    Gopher softball 2021

    I agree. Kemmetmueller and Hansen need to produce big results or be dropped to the bottom of the order. (Hansen isn't a natural at first base either. They need better defense at that position; she likely needs to play someplace else.) Above all else, they team desperately needs explosive big...
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    Gopher softball 2021

    I agree with what you say. After Jensen, Partain, & Denhartog, the hitting still concerns me, though. They need some more power hitting of the Brandner type. I don't mean to nitpick, but you wrote no player defections "other than Hope for obvious reasons." Were there obvious reasons? Just curious.
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    Gopher softball 2021

    Was that possible concussion conceivably incurred in a Gopher practice session?
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    Gopher softball 2021

    All in all, an unusual, secretive situation. Here's wishing her the very best, which is the main thing in the long run.
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    Shama: U Coach May Help Change Baseball

    Rightly or not, I feel that about the SEC, which seems to exist in a cocoon of their own making.
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    Softball Recruiting

    Just my (perhaps knee-jerk) reaction, but I agree with Panthadad2's comment about "public profile." It seems to me some BIG programs in all sports get way more publicity than would seem earned. Michigan & Wisconsin are the 2 perceived favorites I have in mind. In football MI loses almost every...
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    Gopher softball 2021

    Traditionally in baseball (I don't know about softball) teams' strongest, best all-around players have been at SS & CF. I saw MN vs. KY this past February. KY looked way stronger up the middle than MN. Btw who are Ehlke & Costa? I've missed out on them.
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    Gopher softball 2021

    I agree with you. The 2020 problem was that the assured, excellent defensive play was conspicuous in its absence. Catching was atrocious; 1st base & SS were only adequate; lf was only adequate & rf was weak. The pop in the bat was lacking, too. Getting Jensen back was really helping before the...
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    Strib: For Piper Ritter Time was Right

    It strikes me that none of this turmoil would've occurred and our torrent of postings wouldn't now exist if the U had been effectively pro-active and done everything necessary to keep Allister in 2017. I know all the counter-arguments, but it would still be hard to convince me that couldn't've...
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    Strib: For Piper Ritter Time was Right

    "Trachsel is definitely a different story. It's becoming pretty clear what her true motivations were," quoting MRJ. I have no disagreement with your comment. I'd just be curious to know what specifically you judge her true motivations to have been.
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