The Mississippi State Baseball program has been one of the best in the country for decades, and it is time for it to return to its rightful place in 2016.
Can the Mississippi State baseball team get back to being one of the best in the country in 2016? If you believe the polls, then we should see the Bulldogs return to a place of prominence in the college baseball landscape.
If you’re hesitant to get fully back on board, I completely understand. The team was ranked highly in the preseason, just like they are in 2016, for the 2015 season. And things got off to a great start in 2015, but once the Mississippi State baseball team lost to Arkansas Pine Bluff, things went sour quickly.
But the 2016 team saw almost every major contributor for the team make incredible strides during the offseason. The players who were supposed to be the leaders of the team showed they can live up to the potential almost everyone saw in them when they were first brought to campus as freshmen.
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Getting back to the top of the Collegiate baseball mountain will not be easy for the Mississippi State baseball team. The Bulldogs have road trips to LSU, Florida, and Vanderbilt, all of whom are projected to be better than the Bulldogs. And the teams that are supposed to be lower in the SEC pecking order are certainly no slouches.
The SEC is stacked from top to bottom with talent. But the Bulldogs have plenty of talent of their own, and if John Cohen is the right man for the job, the players on the 2016 Mississippi State baseball team will start to show off that talent in front of the fans at Dudy Noble Field.
Winning the SEC Championship is asking a bit much of this team, but there isn’t any reason this year’s Mississippi State baseball team can’t find themselves in the mix. Everything is there for the team to make a resurgence in 2016. If the Bulldogs don’t get back to being one of the elite teams in the country this season, who knows when it will ever happen. The climb back to the top starts today against Florida Atlantic.