On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy is joined by Steve Mims of the Eugene Register-Guard to preview Oregon Ducks baseball.
The last two seasons have been tough in Eugene, as they’ve missed regionals in each of those seasons, with the 2018 team finishing 12-18 in Pac-12 play. It certainly was a level of play below the high standards set early in this new era of Oregon baseball. By the end of the season, head coach George Horton was frank about the results having been disappointing over the previous two seasons and about his job status, which was a point of discussion as it became clear that the team would miss out on the postseason once again.
But after the season, he was given a vote of confidence by the administration and received a two-year extension. Now, he’ll be tasked with getting the Ducks headed back in the right direction. With some key holdovers in place from 2017, an infusion of exciting young talent, and Horton’s long track record of success, it appears the infrastructure is there for that to be case as early as 2018.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- George Horton’s honesty about the disappointment with the team’s results in 2016 and 2017
- They keys to the program getting back on track
- The level of confidence that Oregon’s offense will be improved in 2018
- How the roster shapes up ahead of the season
- The most important player(s) to Oregon’s success in 2018
- Expectations for 2018, when you take into account a win-now mentality with a team that hasn’t been in regionals the last two seasons
Thanks for listening, everyone!