Monday, January 30, 2012
Big vote of confidence for 'Elite Eight' proposal
By Brendan Hall
This past weekend at the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches' Association convention in Westborough, coaches voted 75-1 in favor of the MIAA's Baseball Tournament Committee and MBCA's executive board getting together to greate an "Elite Eight" baseball tournament proposal for the 2014 season, similar to the "Super 8" format currently used for the MIAA's highest division of hockey.
Catholic Memorial Athletic Director Alex Campea, who chairs the MIAA's Baseball Tournament Committee, has publicly expressed support of Fredericks' plan, but wanted to see how coaches statewide would receive it before creating a subcommittee MIAA and MBCA officials to work on the plan. The "Elite Eight" plan will almost certainly be on the agenda when the Baseball Tournament Committee meets this spring.
Campea told ESPNBoston.com this afternoon, "Absolutely, I am in favor of it."
"What it does is create excitement, energy, that can really bring baseball back to the foreforont," Campea said. "All the sports are great, but sometimes baseball...the emergence of other spring sports, they're great, but this is an opportunity for baseball to have more."