February 19, 2020
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Hockey’s reseeding a great call

Hockey has the right idea.

After each round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and in most college playoff series, they reseed.

In other words, you have the highest-seeded survivor playing the lowest-seeded survivor.

In the NBA and in all of our high school sports that involve seeding teams, the next round is predetermined.

For example, the winner of the game between the No. 1 seed and the No. 8 seed plays the survivor of the game between the Nos. 4-5 seeds and the survivor of the No. 2 vs. No. 7 game takes on the team that wins the No. 3 vs. No. 6 contest.

This bracketing of games minimizes the importance of a lengthy regular-season schedule.

A team that earns the top seed should be rewarded by always playing the lowest-seeded survivor.

I understand the reasoning for having a simplified format for our various high school playoffs/tournaments. It’s easy to follow and everybody knows in advance who their next opponent will be.

And it has been an equation that has worked forever.

But I still think higher-seeded teams deserve an advantage and, hopefully, the Maine Principals’ Association will take a look at it.

Nick Arthers is a good example of what hard work, a positive attitude and resiliency can achieve.

The humble Husson University senior catcher and captain had a dreadful junior year, hitting just .184 with three homers and 18 runs batted in. He had only 14 hits. He hit .203 his sophomore year with three homers and 18 RBIs.

The personable Belfast native is having a monster year for the Eagles this season. He has already driven in a school-record 60 runs and also leads the team in batting average (.448), homers (9), doubles (16), total bases (109), slugging percentage (.813) and on-base percentage (.522).

He has led the Eagles to a school-record 28 wins.

It would have been easy for Arthers to put pressure on himself and to struggle, especially being the team’s captain.

He has put pressure on himself in the past and he realized it was counterproductive.

So he came into the season determined to have fun and to have as many productive at-bats as possible and it has paid off.

Hitting a baseball is one of the greatest challenges in all of sports. It requires lots of patience.

Remember, hitters who are successful just 30 percent of the time (3-for-10) are considered major successes.

Hitters are always changing their bats, their stances or their hand positions on the bat to try to snap out of slumps.

If you stay patient and positive and work hard, good things will happen.

I realize it is very early in the baseball season, but here are some statistics for you.

The former left fielder for the Boston Red Sox, Manny Ramirez, is hitting .338 with four homers and 14 RBIs for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His on-base percentage is .464 and his slugging percentage is .559. He is making $23,854,494 this season.

The man who replaced him, Jason Bay, is hitting .344 with five homers and 19 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .506 and his slugging percentage is .705. He is making $7.8 million this season.

And who is the better outfielder? (Hint, his last name has just three letters.) Who do you think is more team-oriented? (Hint, he is Canadian.)

Hey, I just found the sunscreen. Why was it in the litter box?


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