tony who do you think will take tonights game and do you have a prefernce to me i dont care im a longhorn fan all the way.do you think texas is the deepest team left in the series?, and do you see your self moving up to the majors anytime soon.
Tony Gwynn (2:56 PM)
I don't have a preference other than being a West coast coach and I wouldn't mind seeing a local team win. South Carolina is playing great baseball right now and capitalized on last night's error. Texas is still favored because they are the deepest team left. they have very good pitching that should carry them through.
Cameron Austin TX.
Coach Gwynn, What was your perception on the Tx-Ga. Game and what does the win for Texas tell you as far as the Team and Coach Garrido's strategie, heading into the Finals?
Tony Gwynn (2:58 PM)
Having played them myself they don't surprise me. They can fall behind, but don't feel the pressure when they do. This is a very deep team and one that the coach feels is the deepest he's had. The 'Horns do want to get the lead early to take the pressure off though. Georgia played very well, but just ran into the better team.
Jeff - Lafayette, LA
How is it that the top teams make it to Omaha year after year, even though they lose top players and signees to the MLB draft? It seems like LSU loses 3-4 top high school players each year as well as 2-3 juniors, but still competes for the national title. I'm sure it's the same at Texas, Miami, Stanford, Cal State Fullerton, etc. Is it coaching? Recruiting? Reloading talent?
Tony Gwynn (3:01 PM)
It's a combination of all those things. It's getting enough of those top caliber guys to help you reload. Now that I've been doing it for three years it's also where you play. The LSU's and Georgias are able to make it to regionals even if they don't win their conference because they are in such a deep conference. These are great programs, but they are helped by the toughness of their conference. That helps them get bids. The same can be said for other big name conferences. That doesn't take anything away from those teams because they are playing the best teams in the country and obviously that helps.
matt (columbia SC)
Tony, Now that appears jason windsor will not start tonight against South Carolina do you think it is a wise move for tanner to start Matt Campbell? I understand that it is do or die tonight and all but you would still have to look towards the weekendn matchup against Texas. If Campbell pitches say more than 5 innings tonight would it even be possible for him to go on 3 days rest and pitch monday if there is a monday?
Tony Gwynn (3:04 PM)
It's possible for Campbell to pitch. You have to look at it as if there's no tomorrow. My focus would be on today's game, but the coaches obviously know their team and personnel.
Who in the CWS may have the biggest impact in the Major League or/and potential superstar tools?
Tony Gwynn (3:07 PM)
That's a good question because there are so many guys playing who've been drafted. Drew Stubbs from Texas has stardom written all over him. He's only a freshman and he's a stud. he can throw, run and hit. Two years from now he has the potential to be the No. 1 overall pick. Windsor and Campbell both have the potential to be really good players in the majors.
What would it mean to you to bring SDSU to the College World Series? How might you prepare your team for that opportunity?
Tony Gwynn (3:09 PM)
As a coach we're trying to teach these kids what it's like and it's hard to explain how amazing Omaha is for this event. It's a great environment to play college baseball and I can't wait to get a team here. The key is to have good, deep pitching. Also you have to have good defense. It's hard to convince kids that's what you're trying to do and that this is the result of the hard work.
Tony Gwynn (3:11 PM)
It would be awesome to get my alma mater to Omaha. San Diego is a hotbed for high school baseball and it'd be great for the local kids to see.
Tony Gwynn (3:13 PM)
One more thing, I think San Diego would go bonkers if we get there. If we get there we want to win though. I've been to two World Series and it doesn't mean as much without the victories.
chad, norman ok
if there was a mvp for the college world series who do you think it would be? what about thygpen from texas hes having a heck of a series
Tony Gwynn (3:14 PM)
That's the name I'd come up with. He's had a heckova series, but there are at least two more games to play so you never know what some of these kids could do. You can't forget about Dooley Prince either.
rob lafayette la
do you think lsu lack of success in omaha is because of their weak regionals year after year, go tigers 2 and Q
Tony Gwynn (3:15 PM)
The regionals isn't the problem. LSU has played some tough teams over the past two years. sometimes you run into a hot club and get knocked out. That's just baseball.
Tony Gwynn (3:16 PM)
I'd gladly take what LSU has had the past two years. But when you've had such a tradition as the TIgers it's hard to live up to those expectations.
Christoper (Austin, TX)
In your opinion, how does this year's Texas team rank among Texas CWS teams of the past.
Tony Gwynn (3:18 PM)
I would rather reference last year's team. They have exceptionally deep pitching and outstanding defense this season and are superior in those respects. This team is DEEP and may be bringing another championship back to Texas.
Tony, who didn't make the tournament this year that you could see winning it all next year.
Tony Gwynn (3:19 PM)
Nebraska is the first team that pops in my mind. They have a great offensive team and are young.
Congratulations on winning the Moutain West Conference regular season title. Not to bad for a 2nd year coach and former batting champion. I'm Aztec Alum myself and would certainly like to know if there is another Aztec Invitational in the works for next season? And if so, who is committed at this point? Additionally, any word on recruiting? go scarlet and black!
Tony Gwynn (3:23 PM)
The tournament may not happen this year at PetCo park. We had a really good year recruiting-wise, but lost three players to the draft. We're still looking out there for guys who can help our program. I think we've had a good recruiting year, but that never stops. We want to keep improving because we are playing a tougher schedule. We open the season with Texas and will play Cal-State, USC, Long Beach St. and a few other tough teams. It's going to be tough, but conference wise we should be right there. We want to get to the point where we make a regional.
June Columbia SC
Who has the hottest bats right now? And is SC's pitching Staff deeper than Texas's?
Tony Gwynn (3:24 PM)
South Carolina is really swinging the bats right now, but pitching depth still goes to Texas. And as the saying goes: good pitching beats good hitting. South Carolina is still in this because of their hitting though and they can take advantage of mistakes by any team in this CWS. They could still win this thing.
Which team, Cal St. or S. Carolina, do you think has the better chance against Texas? And, everybody was talking about the great matchup yesterday between Huston Street and Will Startup, wouldn't it be awesome if, say, Huston Street and Chad Blackwell faced off?
Tony Gwynn (3:27 PM)
It would be great to see those two guys go at it. I'd have to side with Street because of his experience, but it would be a great game. I think SC has the better shot because Cal St. has a weaker bullpen that Texas could take advantage of. Whoever gets there will have to swing the bats to beat Texas. The 'Horns are rolling right now and will be tough to beat.
Mario, Yuma, Az
how did you deal with a slump as a player? and how do you talk to your players about there slumps?
Tony Gwynn (3:29 PM)
In my mind slumps are mental. If physically and mechanicaly you are consistent then confidence is the only problem. Mentally doubts can come into a player's mind when they start getting repeated outs. When a player does get into a rut, I try to check their mechanics. You have to get players to believe they are doing things the right way and that things will go the right way.
Andy, Madison, WI
Tony, how does your son, Tony Jr, enjoy playing in Huntsville? All of us Brewers fans hope to see him with the Crew in the next couple years. If he's half as good as you, he'll have a great career.
Tony Gwynn (3:32 PM)
Thanks, I appreciate your kind words. I talked to him about an hour ago about his mechanics and other stuff. He's enjoying professional baseball and I'm just trying to get him to go the plate and do the right things mechanically. He's struggling a little bit and I'm trying to explain to him that he's a year out of college and is in Double A and that he needs to focus on his mechanics and not other things. It's hard being a 1000 miles away, but I know him well enough to know he'll be a good player. I try not to be an overbearing dad and just try to help him understand the things he needs to do. He's a great kid.
Do You think college teams should switch to wooden bats, as a high school pitcher who has been hit with a line drive I think the college studs now are to big and strong to continue to use metal
Tony Gwynn (3:35 PM)
Honestly if high schools switched to wood the first five to ten years would be dominated by pitchers. At those ages kids aren't swinging mechanically well enough to play well. Games would last an hour and twenty minutes because kids aren't patient enough. Guys who can swing the right way are drafted quite high. Also it'd be more expensive to switch to wood and that would hurt some programs a lot.
Tony Gwynn (3:39 PM)
I've gotta run, but thanks for the great questions. Enjoy the rest of the CWS!