The latest guest on The Base Path Podcast is Northeastern head coach Mike Glavine, who joined host Dan Guttenplan in-studio in the midst of the busiest time of year for recruiting.
Glavine, a three-time CAA Coach of the Year, led Northeastern to a record of 32-29-1 in 2022, falling just short of its second consecutive NCAA Tournament bid with a loss to Hofstra in the CAA championship game.
Glavine reflected on his team’s quest to defend a 2021 CAA championship.
“Well, it’s still a successful season,” Glavine said. “We got to the championship game. At the start of every season, if you can say, ‘Hey, we got to the championship game.’ You take that, right? So, from that perspective, we accomplished a lot. We won over 30 games. We had five wins against top-15 teams in the country, highlighted by a win at Clemson and sweeping N.C. State, the No. 8 team in the country at the time. But it was an uneven season — a little bit up and down. We had a hard time putting some winning streaks together.”
Northeastern had three players selected in the 2022 MLB Draft — more than any other team in the CAA. Cam Schlittler (Walpole, Mass.) was selected by the Yankees in the seventh round. Thomas Balboni got picked in the 15th round by the San Diego Padres. Sebastian Keane (North Andover, Mass.) was taken in the 18th round by the Yankees.
Both Schlittler and Keane had better seasons as sophomores in 2021. Glavine believes some of that was related to the pressure of the draft.
“It’s natural to have some extra anxiety, some stress,” Glavine said. “It’s not something you should run away from, in our opinion. It’s something you talk about. You try to have fun with it, you embrace it. Of course, they want to play beyond Northeastern, and we want that for them. So, we want to be there to help them navigate that process throughout the year and put them in the best place to succeed. We had Thomas, Sebastian and Cam go in the draft. It was great to see. But they were dealing with some of that off-the-field stuff that maybe they weren’t dealing with in years past.”
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