If I were Mike Candrea, where would I look first for players who can help
me win the Pac-10 and the CWS?
Well, the first place to look would be the direction of the Panthers and
the various flavors of Batbusters and Athletics. These teams win with
consistency in the top JO level in the world. There have been four Gold
Nationals held going back to 1994, and only two teams have won them ~
Gary's Batbusters and Gordon's Panthers. If these clubs are the best of the
best year after year, why look any further than those two teams or maybe
two or three others for players?
On the other hand, take a look at Jay Miller of Missouri. Where does he
look for players? What chance does he have of landing anyone from the top 5
or 10 California teams? Has he ever approaced Gary Haning for players?
Would Gary recommend Missouri to any of his players?
Another good question to ask is whether or not Mike Candrea thinks
recruiting is easy or is a chore. How much competition is there for the
best of the best?
In two weeks, we will find some very interesting activity in Southern
California. The TOC and the Turkey Turd tournaments will be held the week
prior to the NFCA's huge national convention in Palm Springs. Most of the
college coaches in the country will be on hand ~ something that hasn't
happened since 1992. These SoCal tournaments that draw usually around 100
scouts may draw two or three times that amount this time. It will be elbows
and ***s at the TOC for sure (mostly ***s, a.h.'s with scholarship
money). I'm curious whether or not Sue Enquist will be observing or
actually will attempt to do some recruiting.