I might be a few days late with them, but I do have answers to last week’s Blog Bag questions. Just took me a little while to get a couple of the questions answered. Since it’s already Tuesday, we’ll go ahead and let this double as the dropping off point for this week’s Blog Bag questions. Just leave your queries in the comments section below, and I’ll do my best to have answers by Friday.
Q: What pace does Adam Frazier need to break the hits record for MSU? NCAA?
A: The school record for career hits is 335, held by Jeffrey Rea (2004-07), while the NCAA mark is 418, held by Wichita State’s Phil Stephenson (1979-82). Through Sunday, Frazier, a junior shortstop, has 162 hits. He’s got 45 this season and is on pace to have 81 by the end of the regular season.
That would give him 202 career hits. So he’d need to have a strong – and lengthy –postseason this year, plus a monster senior year. Of course, he could very well go pro this summer. So I don’t know that he’ll reach Rea, and certainly he won’t threaten Stephenson’s mark.
Q: Do you think Evan Mitchell will finally be replaced as a starter this weekend and be moved to a relief role?
A: This question has already been answered, with Mitchell being removed from the rotation. Exactly what his role will be going forward remains to be seen, but pitching coach Butch Thompson told me the other day that Mitchell could see some relief work, as he did last year, but he did not pitch in the Arkansas series this past weekend.
Q: How far off are we from working on the The Hump’s seating/structure that matches the campus master plan?
A: I asked athletics director Scott Stricklin about that. His answer: “We reseat every year. We don’t have any current plans to change the seating configuration in the Hump.”
Q: Has there been any discussion of offering Bulldog Club points for purchasing tickets for away football games?
A: Stricklin: “Not really. There are award points for bowl games and sometimes special games, but here’s the deal: It’s all kind of based on rewarding behavior that helps us move tickets that we’re responsible for. Away tickets, it’s kind of like we have those on consignment. Whatever we don’t sell, we give them back to the home team. We don’t owe them money for the ones we don’t sell. A bowl game, we have to sell a certain number, and we want to reward the behavior of buying those from us to help us move those, so we give points for those.”
Q: In regards to Cord Sandberg, at what point (or round in the MLB Draft) does he decide to become a Bulldog? Is it a certain round, or is it a certain dollar amount that he is looking for?
A: I asked recruiting guru Paul Jones of Bulldawgs247 about this, and he said that in the past, Sandberg – one of two quarterbacks in MSU’s 2013 signing class – has said a first-round selection or a contract in the million-dollar range would draw him toward baseball.
ESPN’s Keith Law recently put out a top-50 prospect list, and Sandberg is not among that group, although Law lists him under “other names to know.”