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    I'm not surprised by the mass exodus from Oregon, most of those players were there to play for Mike White and his staff not necessarily a love for Oregon University. I'm sure if Tim Walton had left Florida for Texas the same thing would be happening there.

    What does surprise me is what's happening at Texas A&M. How does an established coaching staff lose so many players? A couple of them even decided to stay at the school but quit the team. This makes no sense to me. They were a couple of outs away from making it to Oklahoma last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brainchaser View Post
    I'm not surprised by the mass exodus from Oregon, most of those players were there to play for Mike White and his staff not necessarily a love for Oregon University. I'm sure if Tim Walton had left Florida for Texas the same thing would be happening there.

    What does surprise me is what's happening at Texas A&M. How does an established coaching staff lose so many players? A couple of them even decided to stay at the school but quit the team. This makes no sense to me. They were a couple of outs away from making it to Oklahoma last year.
    First and foremost, I am not an Aggie homer like some on here. I'm calling you out DD(you know who you are) lol!! I heard two things. The first being Evans had a major blow up on the bus after their loses to Florida and second the coaches don't develop their players. Maybe lines were crossed that should not have been crossed during her blow up. One poster alleges that a current freshman was on her way out too. Not to worry. There loads of kids willing to play there for free. With 70,000 students I would bet there are some former TB players that were looked over in the recruiting process that decided they are going to ATM with or without playing softball. In fact, I know a pitcher that played in the HS Texas State finals that was threatening to walk on according to close sources. Evans watched her pitch during her fall season of Jr year at some showcases. She hits bombs too. Let's see how it all plays out.

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    In speaking to a college coach yesterday they stated that 70% of the girls on the transfer list (eligible) are pitchers..
    Interesting
    A change up should be kept low so that if the hitter does time it, they have to make the secondary adjustment of going down to hit the ball also. 2 movements in the hitter doubles their chance of a bad swing. The combo of being able to read the pitcher's change up early and doing a backflip to keep it up in the zone is a deadly combo. - Bill Hillhouse

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    Quote Originally Posted by BT3100 View Post
    In speaking to a college coach yesterday they stated that 70% of the girls on the transfer list (eligible) are pitchers..
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    hmmm....so it continues in college as it does in the TB circuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orange Socks View Post
    hmmm....so it continues in college as it does in the TB circuit.
    The difference is that there are some consequences for transferring colleges as opposed to TB teams. I guess we'll have to see how it all works out in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orange Socks View Post
    hmmm....so it continues in college as it does in the TB circuit.
    That was my thought exactly. How many of these women played for a different TB team every year? It's part of the softball experience for most of these players.

    And who can blame them? Especially for pitchers, many made commitments when they were 14/15 years old. If they land on a team five years later where they're not getting any playing time, who does that help? The coach who stockpiled a class of good players? Certainly not the player who can't get on the field. For the vast majority of softball players, college ball is the end of the road. If the NCAA's new transfer rules make it easier for players to finish their careers on the field instead of in the dugout then I applaud that.

    Obviously not the case for a player like Kleist, but she's made the choice to go play for a former coach where she'll be happy. Good for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brainchaser View Post
    I'm not surprised by the mass exodus from Oregon, most of those players were there to play for Mike White and his staff not necessarily a love for Oregon University. I'm sure if Tim Walton had left Florida for Texas the same thing would be happening there.
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    I don’t know. Kleist in particular seemed to love Oregon and OU. Her parents moved there. So that one surprised me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brainchaser View Post
    I'm not surprised by the mass exodus from Oregon, most of those players were there to play for Mike White and his staff not necessarily a love for Oregon University. I'm sure if Tim Walton had left Florida for Texas the same thing would be happening there.
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    I donít know. Kleist in particular seemed to love Oregon and OU. Her parents moved there. So that one surprised me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lozza View Post
    I don’t know. Kleist in particular seemed to love Oregon and OU. Her parents moved there. So that one surprised me.
    I have seen a lot of deep love of Oregon expressed by many current and recent Ducks players. IMO, the culture of Coach White's program was a good fit for the environment of that part of the world. The combination of the two was very attractive (for my DD, included), especially with being part of a top team.
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    https://www.ducksports.com/sports/20...ftball-program

    Halfway down the page is an audio interview with Lombardi.
    This was prior to Kleist announcing her transfer. About 3 minute mark some interesting info about team rules.
    A change up should be kept low so that if the hitter does time it, they have to make the secondary adjustment of going down to hit the ball also. 2 movements in the hitter doubles their chance of a bad swing. The combo of being able to read the pitcher's change up early and doing a backflip to keep it up in the zone is a deadly combo. - Bill Hillhouse

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