On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks Indiana State Sycamores baseball and Missouri Valley Conference baseball at large with Todd Aaron Golden of the Tribune Star.
The 2017 season for the Sycamores went just about as expected. They took care of business against the teams in the MVC that they were supposed to take care of, but they were unable to get over the hump against the best of the best in the league, Missouri State and Dallas Baptist, as they lost all six regular season games to those two teams and went 12-3 against everyone else in the conference.
Still, even if it didn’t provide many sparks or surprises, it was another season that hammered home the fact that ISU is well established as a quality MVC program behind the blue-bloods in the league, putting them in position to contend for a postseason berth when they have the right combination of talent and experience.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- Todd’s assessment of the 2017 season for ISU
- The roster attrition the Sycamores will be facing heading into the 2018 season
- Expectations for the 2018 season for ISU
- Todd’s take on the MVC in 2017 and whether Missouri State was simply a cut above or that there was a lack of depth in the league
- Todd’s opinion on the thought that ISU might be the best mid-major job in the midwest
- Whether or not ISU can find another gear as a program to take them from perennial top-half MVC program to perennial conference title contender
- Todd’s article after the season that discussed the surprising lack of appreciation locally for the sheer volume of baseball talent that comes through Terre Haute, whether in an ISU uniform, the uniform of another MVC team, or on another out-of-conference team that happens to come to play the Sycamores