Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

An MLB Connection, WVU's Collapse and a Positive Note

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

An MLB Connection, WVU's Collapse and a Positive Note

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Ye olde notebook:

* If you went to USA Today's website on Tuesday, pushed past the story "Bracketology: West Virginia's costly collapse, and skipped to the topic of baseball, you'd see a piece called "MLB's 100 names you need to know for 2017. Among those named were former West Virginia Power players like Pittsburgh's Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow. Yet also within, listed at No. 18, is a guy named Daniel Vogelbach.

Does the name ring a bell?

If you're from Charleston, it certainly should. Vogelbach's father of the same name was a standout football, basketball and track man for George Washington High back in the late 1970s.

These days, the elder Vogelbach is in Fort Myers, Florida, where he owns a sports medicine clinic. (He worked in the field with WVU and John Spiker in Morgantown during the Major Harris football era.)

Anyway, the son is a hulking left-handed slugger now on the Seattle Mariners after six years in the minor leagues.

"He's in spring training now, said the father on Tuesday. "He was with the Chicago Cubs, but was pretty much blocked there because they have Anthony Rizzo at first base. With Seattle, he's the only first baseman on the roster, so we'll see.

Should be a fun follow. Word is, Vogelbach, 24 years old, could platoon at first with third baseman Danny Valencia.

* OK, so let's get to it. I've been asked where WVU's epic basketball collapse at Kansas ranks among similar moments in Mountaineer lore.

After covering the school for 37 years, the best comparison I can come up with is football's 1996 shocking regular season loss to then- power Miami.

All the Mountaineers had to do in that game was punt and the contest was all but over. Tremain Mack, though, blocked the attempt of Brian West and UM's Nathaniel Brooks scored on the play.

On Monday, all WVU had to do was successfully inbound the ball. And couldn't.

Same sort of deal.

* In case you missed it, Dunbar native and former Marshall football standout Aaron Dobson signed a future contract with the Arizona Cardinals back in January.

Dobson, also of South Charleston High, was drafted by and had an injury-plagued career with New England before catching on first with Detroit and now Arizona. …

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