I hope Skenes doesn’t pitch much at all if he even does. He only pitched in less than 6 days rest once and that was on Thursday. He threw 120 high stress pitches. He’s got too bright of a future coming to him. If he goes, hope it’s an inning at most to close it out. He’s a competitor and going to want to pitch, so hopefully the adults in the room aren’t too selfish to use him a lot. Fortunately, I do trust Jay and Wes Johnson to do the right thing.That may be one of the biggest beat downs in college baseball history given the mercy rules etc. just a nonstop barrage.
Skenes time on Monday! If he wins it for them it may be the only way we don’t see Crews going first overall
Here's something his dad wrote. I would say from this Foster was not the main target of the lawsuit. https://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/PHdata/Tmy/2012HB-05514-R000321-Michele Ciancola-TMY.PDFJim Foster was the URI manager from 2006-2014. I honestly had forgotten about him once he left URI for Boston College until now. This news from Northwestern certainly paints some things from that period in a potentially different light.
First, we had a player death in the program in 2011. Joseph Ciancola died of heat stroke after a workout.
"Ciancola’s mother told reporters that her son had died of heat stroke and that his body temperature spiked to 107 degrees following the workout, which occurred while Foster was the head coach at the school.
She later sued the school and a settlement was reached in the case in 2016."
It was always presented as an unfortunate accident due to a previously unknown medical condition, but now, who knows?
He had one bad season in 2014, but with three years remaining on his contract and a previous record of doing well it appeared he was going to be back for the 2015 season. However on 7/16/14 he resigned from his position to take the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator position at Boston College. It seemed like a weird move to most URI fans. Why leave a managerial role with three years remaining on your contract to be an assistant at BC where it appeared the manager was on the hot seat? In comments at the time Foster told reporters the financial difference was "pretty significant. Enough to make a difference." One weird thing at the time, about an hour before the announcement came out from reporters, our athletic director tweeted out "Always take responsibility for your actions. #dontblameothers".
Also on our message board, keaneyblue.com, at the start of the 2015 season a poster had this to say: "Foster didn't leave Rhody because he knew the team was in decline. Foster left because he was about to be "told" to leave. Per some of his older former players now coaching in the area, he left on not so good terms. Apparently URI received many complaints the past few years about his methods of trying to get points across shall we say to players and URI got tired of it! I was also told that he is being partially to blame by the family of the player who passed away. One former player mentioned a lawsuit but didn't know for sure. What no one can figure out is why URI didn't completley distance themselves from the Foster regimen completly and hired Cerrato. My son love the team and goes to their games so I hope Cerrato can right the ship."
Honestly sometimes on message boards it's hard to tell who has real info and who is making up a story, but now it certainly looks like perhaps things at URI reached a boiling point and he got out before things came out.