I’ve been beating this mantra for a long time.
Very simply - IF (and it’s still a big “if”) Blaine goes out and wins on Monday, and then we “bring home the bacon” (coming soon to a headline near you!), HOW in the world does anyone deny him “Player of the Year” in College Baseball?
Think about it - he will (in that scenario) be 14-0 on the National Championship Team - a squad that was in the Top 10 ALL season, and in the top 5 for most of it; he will have gathered the scalps of Mize, Hjelle, Rolison, Singer, et al along the way (and, yes, I know Knight came out 1 out before getting an official “win” vs. Hjelle, but we were ahead, went on to win and he would have gotten the win if not for a line drive off his ankle). All while posting stats very, very similar to numbers to the guy who was recently named winner of the Dick Howser Award (Singer). And you can’t say that Singer pitched against tougher competition; Arkansas and Florida have swapped the #1 and #2 SOS back and forth the last month of the season, and Knight’s list of victims speaks for itself.
Keep in mind that the “Player of the year” is NOT about who will (or “might”) be the better pro prospect, being drafted higher, or even who will end up having the better MLB career. It’s about who had the better year in this particular college season. Yes, Mize had a perfect game; and both he and Singer have oodles of pro “potential”, and had good years. However, Mize lost SIX games, and Singer THREE (two of which we put on him - which is very satisfying).
But we all know that if ANY pitcher - no matter what his name was, where he was recruited from, where he ended up going in the draft, etc - put up the year Blaine has had while playing for a National Championship team at Texas, or LSU, Florida, or USC, etc. they would be the LANDSLIDE winner of all the Player of the Year awards.
That Blaine is not even a finalist is a travesty.