Missouri listed its strengths as an experienced offense, good team defense and speed, and a trio of good arms in the outfield. A potential weakness is the fact they play several road games this season. Impact newcomers to watch include shortstop Mike Liberto and designated hitter Conner Mach.
■ BaseballAmerica has some thoughts on one of MU's early 2009 opponents, Arizona State:
Arizona State also suffered serious attrition from last year’s Pacific-10 title team, losing 13 of its record-tying 14 drafted players including first-rounders Brett Wallace and Ike Davis. But the Sun Devils reloaded better than anyone in the nation, bringing in a number of elite junior college transfers as part of the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, so ASU begins the season ranked No. 13.
■ According to the College Baseball Blog, Cal State-Fullerton, held their first practice on the year at midnight on February 1st, in front of 200 fans:
The Titans charged the field just after midnight in an attempt to become the first team to practice and the last team to play.
Do you suppose 200 fans would have shown up at Taylor Stadium at midnight on February 1st? Of course, the low in CoMo that night was 27 degrees, while the low in Fullerton was 46.