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Hyder's Highlights: Brazelton enshrined into HOF

Fall season is officially underway

September 17, 2013 · @MTAthletics

In this installment of the weekly blog, Aaron Hyder talks about MT Baseball's return to the diamond. In addition he recaps the Blue Raiders team bonding activity and legend Dewon Brazelton's induction into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame.

Hyder's Highlights - Brazelton enshrined into Hall of Fame

THE BOULEVARD

Last Sunday, the Blue Raiders gathered as a team at The Boulevard. It was a time for the players to hangout and enjoy some good food. The Boulevard served the dinner with a buffet. They brought out chips and salsa, pizza, hot wings, and stuff of that nature. Needless to say, none of the guys left with an empty stomach. The MT Baseball team would like to thank The Boulevard for hosting the team and their great service.

HALL OF FAME CEREMONY

On Saturday, one of MT's all-time greats, Dewon Brazelton was inducted into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame. Brazelton still holds the single season and career all-time Blue Raider strikeout records. Brazelton is second all-time in wins recorded at Middle Tennessee with 28. Brazelton went on to be the number three overall pick in the 2001 draft when he was picked up by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Brazelton has also played an influential role in fundraising efforts for Reese Smith Jr. Field. He donated $250,000 dollars to help renovate the stadium. In return, MT Baseball named a suite in his name, where former Blue Raiders are able to watch games.

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING

The Blue Raiders started off the week with three more days of 4-on-1's. Half of the pitchers threw bullpens last Monday and the other half on Tuesday. This lined them up to be ready for the start of practice on Thursday, Sept. 12. The position players spent two of the days taking batting practice on the field and the other day was spent on defensive work.

After two weeks of these individual workouts with their respective coaches, it is now time for the players to focus on more of a team aspect.

Everybody has been anxious these last couple of weeks to get on the field and compete against each other. The players will now slowly start to figure out their roles for this upcoming spring. It takes some of the guys a little longer than others to figure out was is needed by the team. In the end, every single player on the team has some type of role that needs to be fulfilled.

After much anticipation, Thursday came around and the weather was amazing. Well, until it was time to intrasquad. About 15 minutes before the scrimmage, the skies opened up and poured for an hour. One player even echoed a common catchphrase mentioned in the clubhouse, "It's raining sideways." Mother nature has her very weird ways of acting. She made up for it Friday by providing us with the best weather Tennessee has seen all year. The team had a 9-inning intrasquad that produced a lot of positives.

With practice starting Thursday, the players finished up the "dog days of the fall," and yes they do exist. I say this because many days during these two weeks, players spend more time conditioning and in the weight room than they do with actual baseball activities. This is due to NCAA guidelines.

2013 FALL SCRIMMAGE SCHEDULE

Sept. 18 - 3 p.m.
Sept. 19 - 3 p.m.
Sept. 23 - 3 p.m.
Sept. 26 - 3 p.m.
Sept. 27 - 3 p.m.
Sept. 28 - Noon
Oct. 1 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 3 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 4 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 6 - 1 p.m.
Oct. 7 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 8 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 10 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 11 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 16 - 3 p.m.

2013 BLUE-WHITE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE

Oct. 19 - Noon
Oct. 20 - 1 p.m.
Oct. 23 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 25 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 26 - Noon

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