Texas State head coach Ty Harrington couldn’t believe his eyes Thursday afternoon when he looked out from behind the podium at his team’s media day.
“This is an indication of how times have changed at Texas State for baseball,” Harrington said. “The only other times we had media days weren’t more than Tyler (Mayforth) and a handful of people who show up to talk about regional tournaments or postseason play. I certainly think it indicates the expectations and growth of our program.”
So Texas State unveiled its new baseball uniforms today.
For once this offseason, Paul Goldschmidt didn’t win an award.
However, it would have been some nice hardware for Goldschmidt to own.
Goldschmidt finished second to Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates in voting for National League Most Valuable Player. McCutchen took home 28 of 30 first-place votes, while Goldschmidt earned the most second-place votes (15).
All in all, it was a solid offseason for Goldschmidt*.
- National League Hank Aaron Award
- National League Rawlings Gold Glove (First Base)
- National League Silver Slugger
Goldschmidt led the NL with 36 home runs, 125 runs batted in, 332 total bases, a .551 slugging percentage and an OPS of .952. He batted at a .302 clip this season.
* As Lost Cat noted below, Goldschmidt was also named to the National League All-Star Team back in July and was voted in by his peers.
Paul Goldschmidt is all smiles after hitting a walk-off home run (USA Today).
What a season it was for Paul Goldschmidt.
Even though the Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t make the playoffs, the former Texas State slugger thrust himself in the middle of the discussion for National League Most Valuable Player with a monstrous year.
Remember when former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt had his critics?
They’re probably his biggest fans now.
Here is Paul Goldschmidt.
Goldschmidt delivered again Tuesday night as he belted two meaningful home runs in a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. A ninth-inning solo shot tied the game at 3-all, then another solo bomb — this one in the 11th — sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a walk-off win.
“Every time he goes to the plate,” Arizona third baseman Martin Prado told the Arizona Republic, “we’re expecting great things from him.”
Through 117 games, Goldschmidt leads the National League with 29 home runs and 93 runs batted in. In comparison, Goldschmidt’s best year in the minor leagues came back in 2010 when he hit .314, crushed 34 home runs and knocked in 108 runs for the Visalia Rawhide.
If Goldschmidt keeps swinging a hot bat and the Diamondbacks make up ground in the playoff race (5.5 games back of the Wild Card and 7.5 games back of the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers), the 25-year-old first baseman would be a sure-fire candidate for NL Most Valuable Player.
CLICK HERE to watch Goldschmidt’s game-winning home run.
Sophomore offensive lineman Adrian Bellard works through blocking drills (Photo by Tyler Mayforth).
Freshman wide receiver Brice Gunter breaks away from freshman defensive back Brandon McDowell (Photo by Tyler Mayforth)
Junior running back C.J. Best is about to block the pad held by freshman tight end Cade Novak (Photo by Tyler Mayforth).
Day by day and practice by practice, Texas State inches closer to its season opener at Southern Mississippi. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Aug. 31, which is 24 short days away.
Before the Bobcats look for another upset of a team from Conference USA (Texas State is currently an eight-point underdog), they must hone their skills in fall camp.
Here is the practice report from Tuesday’s offering.
Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt took part in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game tonight. Goldschmidt, playing as a reserve behind Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds, entered the game in the top of the fifth inning.
With Goldschmidt in the field, the National League turned three double plays. Goldschmidt also hauled in a foul ball off the bat of Miguel Cabrera for an out.
At the plate, Goldschmidt did as predicted. Goldschmidt grounded out in his first at-bat on a fine play by Manny Machado, then roped a two-out double in the ninth inning.
Through 94 games, Goldschmidt is having quite the season. Goldschmidt is batting .313 with 21 home runs to go along with an NL-leading 77 runs batted in.
You may notice there hasn’t been a Goldschmidt Tracker™ around these parts for a while — and it was for a good reason. We probably couldn’t keep up with what former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt has done for the Arizona Diamondbacks thus far.
In his most recent game, Goldschmidt clubbed his 20th home run of the season. It was a 437-foot, two-run shot in the first inning that put Arizona up 2-0 over the New York Mets.
Through 81 games in 2012, Goldschmidt is batting .303 with 20 HRs and an NL-leading 69 RBIs.
Goldschmidt is also second among NL first basemen in 2013 All-Star voting. With two days left to cast a ballot, Goldschmidt has 3,035,114 votes compared to Joey Votto’s 3,622,608.
It doesn’t get much clearer for Texas State.
If the Bobcats are to make the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship Game, they’ll need New Mexico State to beat Dallas Baptist tomorrow afternoon and then Texas State must beat UT Arlington. Should one of those conditions not be met — specifically a loss by the Aggies — the Bobcats’ season is done.
Texas State put itself in this situation Friday after a 7-5 loss to Dallas Baptist. Senior third baseman Nick Smelser belted a three-run home run in the game, but it wasn’t enough.
Later in the afternoon, New Mexico State knocked off UTA and left each team in Pool B with a 1-1 record.
Want to know the rest of the scenarios in Pool B? Here you go.
- For Texas State to reach title game: NMSU must beat DBU; Texas State must beat UTA.
- For UTA to reach title game: DBU must beat NMSU; UTA must beat Texas State.
- For NMSU to reach title game: NMSU must beat DBU; UTA must beat Texas State.
- For DBU to reach title game: DBU must beat NMSU, Texas State must beat UTA.
Fans packed Bobcat Ballpark to watch Tuesday’s game between Texas State and Texas A&M (Photo by Tyler Mayforth).
When it was announced that Tuesday’s game between Texas State and Texas A&M was sold out, Ty Harrington’s team had to like its chances. Something about big crowds at home often pushes the Bobcats to victory.
“Our kids were really excited to come back (after batting practice) and see a nice crowd,” Harrington said after his team’s 4-1 win. “It probably added an extra step, some giddy-up and I was proud for them.”
With its win against the Aggies, Texas State improved to 4-1 in games played in front of the five best crowds in Bobcat Ballpark history.
Rank – Opponent – Attendance – Date – Result
1st – Texas A&M – 2,603 – March 30, 2010 – Won, 6-5
2nd – Texas – 2,593 – March 3, 2009 – Lost, 6-5
3rd – Texas A&M – 2,512 – April 23, 2013 – Won, 4-1
4th – Nebraska – 2,386 – Feb. 18, 2011 – Won, 7-2
5th – Notre Dame – 2,181 – March 3, 2012 – Won, 6-0
Texas State has nine of its 15 remaining games at home.