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The news and notes you may have missed

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When I was a kid baseball was the sport that you played when you were young. Soccer wasn't a blip on the radar and lacrosse was a fancy east coast thing that had no business in middle America. For us, it was baseball. And if your my age, there was no better embodiment of the game, the passion, and the sweet sweet success of a picture perfect swing than Ken Griffey Jr.

So it's fitting we celebrate June 9 through a Ken Griffey Jr. lens as this day in 2008 was when he hit homer number 600. Junior would go on to hit 30 more to land him on the career list at 6th place. It's a tremendous accomplishment considering most modern day long ball superstars had some help in their accomplishments.

Griffey was probably the last superstar with a near universal assumption of cleanliness in regard to performance enhancement. Throw in his combination of hitting for power, defense, base running, a sweet as sugar swing, and a lack of off-field issues and drama, and I think a case could be made that he was the benchmark for baseball success in his day. On to the news and notes...

Ohio Plotting a NonConference Schedule | Athens Messenger

It's always an inexact science to put together a nonconference schedule but doubly so for midmajor programs where the margin for error is razor thin. Choose the right opponents, and you set yourself up for the post-season. Choose the wrong ones and it's an uphill climb.

Ball Staters Poised for MLB Draft Success | Ball State Sports

The MLB Draft is this weekend and there are a few Cardinals poised to have their names called. As we pointed out yesterday, there are more than a few familiar MAC names that will hear their name called out and their future succeed.

MAC Preview in Podcast Form | Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician

Our Syracuse brothers on the SBNation mothership take you through the MAC paces and get you ready for the football season with their usual panache and style. It's always fascinating to get an outsiders view of our Little Conference that Could.

C-USA Kept the New TV Deal Secret for a Reason | Herald-Dispatch

The sharp decline in television revenues is not a good look for CUSA. This is a great piece from Chuck Landon that explains why it was kept secretive. It's good for all fans of midmajor programs to understand how these kinds of things happen.