One More Year for Dean

LSU's chances of making a return trip to Omaha in 2010 got better on Friday when LSU outfielder/designated hitter Blake Dean decided to return to LSU for his senior season.

Dean, the 10th-round draft selection of the Minnesota Twins, elected to complete his collegiate career at LSU instead of signing a pro contract.


Mainieri said that Dean, a 2009 first-team all-SEC performer who helped lead the Tigers to the College World Series title, will undergo surgery on his left shoulder on Wednesday. The surgery will correct some instability in the shoulder and allow Dean to participate in the Tigers’ fall practice in late October.


“My first concern is always what is in the best interest of the player and had Blake decided to sign with the Twins, I have would supported him 100 percent,” Mainieri said. “The fact that he has decided to stay for his senior season certainly makes me happy as a coach, but I also believe it was a wise decision on his part.


“His return will have a tremendous impact on our club, and he has a chance to finish his career at one of the all-time best hitters in LSU history.”


Dean hit .328 this season with 18 doubles, 17 homers, 67 runs and a team-best 71 RBI as the Tigers claimed the national championship.  A first-team All-American in 2008, he is No. 8 on the all-time LSU home run list with 44 dingers and No. 6 on the LSU career RBI list with 190.

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