It has to be done after every fall baseball tryout,
but that doesn’t mean it gets any easier for head coach Pat Bloom and his
A total of 19 cuts were made after the tryouts.
This may not seem like a lot of players, but just think. Those are 19 players
that were told they weren’t quite good enough, that their best effort couldn’t
help them crack the roster.
It’s unfortunate, but it has to happen as the
Pointer baseball team continues its offseason program this fall. “It’s one of
the most challenging things to do as a coach,” Bloom said. “It’s very
Don’t think the cut players were not of high
talent, as Bloom believes that many of the players could make other Division
III baseball rosters.
“It’s very competitive here. There are some places
they could definitely make a team,” Bloom said.
Now the team moves to a four-week period where they
carry 41 players through a developmental period where they can be put through
The team practices Monday through Wednesday for two
and a half hours and scrimmages on Thursdays.
At the end of the four-week period, Bloom has to
make some more tough decisions since he has to shave four or five more players
off the team.
Junior infielder Sam Arnott made it through the first cuts for the
third season in a row. “The tryouts went well. It’s exciting to see the new
talent a program like the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point brings in every
year, and it’s always fun to compete with new guys,” Arnott said.
Arnott is happy to make the first cut, but knows that the real
work starts now. “Now it’s about improving for the spring, but also battling
for a spot on the roster or a spot on the field,” Arnott said.
After being cut the last two seasons Arnott knows how it feels,
but offers some encouragement.
“It’s all part of the process, but be proud that you took the
chance of putting yourself out there to be evaluated and completed a tough four
days of baseball,” Arnott said.
Freshman outfielder Bryton Guckenberg also made it through the
first cuts. The tryouts
went well,” said Guckenberg. “I wasn’t quite sure what to expect
so I thought it was pretty good.”
“I am really learning a lot from the returning players and Coach
Bloom, and I am glad I chose to come to Stevens Point even though it is so far
from my home in Montana,” Guckenberg said.
Sophomore David Newman was one of the 19 players cut and had no
comment, but coach Bloom spoke great praise of Newman.
“David is the kind of guy that comes up to you and thanks you for
the chance to play,” said Bloom. “I wish all of our players could have the
attitude that David had.”
more information about UWSP’s baseball team check out my blog,
pointerball.wordpress.com, for an in-depth look into the Pointer’s offseason.