Mueller is in his seventh season as the leader of the Great Danes. After setting
a school record with 37 wins in 2004, Albany finished 20-19 a year ago. Mueller,
who played in the Northern and Northeast leagues from 1994-2000, will contribute
a journal to CollegeBaseballInsider.com for the second season.
March 24, 2006
Smokin' Keydets, Hirsch and the
Our travels have given the team many of the answers we are searching
for. The roles of the players are beginning to take shape, and the sun is
starting to peek out from under the stormy Northeast winter.
Our trip to VMI proved to be fruitful as we ran into a team playing with a
lot of confidence. Marlin had the boys strapped up and waiting for us as we
ventured down the hill to VMI.
We took two beatings on Saturday and escaped with a one-run win on Sunday.
The ending was dramatic as our centerfielder ran down a ball, climbed the wall
and split his head open while holding on to the ball in the bottom of the ninth.
The team rushed out to left field to pick up their fallen teammate, and the
coaches just shook their heads in disbelief.
sandwiched a game down at St John’s in between our trip to Long Island, and it
was moving along smoothly until the seventh when we experienced a major
meltdown. This is when you put guys in to get outs, and they have a hard time
doing it. In the college game you cannot always turn off the enemies machine and
this was the case here.
I guess the wind was at about 100 knots blowing straight out, and a few balls
turned into golf balls on their way towards the city limits!!! Once again, we
got on the bus and headed for home with a sore and swollen backside.
Three-one run losses at New York Tech to one of my closest friends, Bob
Hirschfield, didn’t make life any easier for our staff, but we remained
In the Northeast, it truly is about conference play. You schedule 20-plus
games and try to form a team and pitching staff to be conference ready when
their time is called. With nine new arms on the staff, I have seen some things I
have not had to deal with in six years since we started building the program
from scratch. I had to go back to my old notes and make some changes based on
what was being produced on the field. As a head coach you always ask yourself
those questions: “Is this guy going to give me six innings on Friday, or is he
going to crawl into his crib and hide?”
There are many things to look forward to as we approach our April 7 opener in
conference. Our team is regaining its confidence with a win over UNC Greensboro,
and the field is starting to thaw out for this weekend’s home opener with Yale.
Many of the guys who have missed time are regaining their health, and the long
13-hour bus rides are starting to come to an end.
cannot tell you how many bottles of water I have to purchase to stock the
coolers for the long rides, but I can tell you that you learn a lot about people
during the tough times. You never learn a lot about people when things are
peachy. Rather, it’s when your back is up against the wall, the umps are
squeezing your guy and getting his pitch count up and your best hitters are
swinging the bat with little or no confidence.
This is what the challenge is all about. Get your guys ready, and stop the
crying. We all know there is no crying in baseball.
New Turf, a Wheelchair and a Little Southern Home Cookin' (3/3/06)
(photo courtesy of Albany Media Relations Office)