With the first pitch for the 2006 baseball season 11 days away, the Clemson Tigers have taken over the top spot in Baseball America's Top 25 rankings without playing a game.
Clemson head coach Jack Leggett commented on his team's ranking Monday evening:
What does it mean to be ranked No. 1 at this point in the season? It is an honor for your team, isn't it?
Leggett: I think it is. It doesn't really mean anything until the very end. Our players understand that. They know that. It's quite an honor to be recognized that way, but it really doesn't mean much unless you make it back to Omaha and can compete for the championship. We've had good practices and I think the team understands what we have to do.
We are just anxious to get started. I'm glad we have another week and half to prepare. We are excited about getting everybody in shape and hopefully we will sneak in there and play good baseball.
Who is looking strong for you in practice right now?
Leggett: Everybody is playing really well. We are starting to get some rhythm going. Our pitching is really starting to come together. I'm glad we start a little bit later. It gives our hitters a little bit more time to get into shape. Colvin has been playing well and Taylor Harbin and Storrer and Brad Chalk. D'Alessio is swinging the bat well lately. Casanova is doing well behind the plate. Hopefully we can maintain that during the season and just keep on improving. We scrimmage pretty much everyday. We are getting used to game speed now.
Leggett Comments on No. 1 Ranking
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