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The Morning Stake | 2020.06.26

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Former Texas Tech baseballer Chad Bettis announced his retirement on Instagram last night:

Just over a decade ago I had the privilege of beginning my professional baseball career with the Rockies. I am honored that I was able to fulfill my childhood dreams, along with being able to share some incredible moments with my teammates, friends, fans, and most important my family.

I want to thank to the New York Yankees even though it was not how I drew this up. I appreciate you for welcoming me with open arms. You guys and the organization are truly First Class!

Today I am walking away from the game with my head held high, knowing that I pushed my body as far as it could go physically. Baseball has provided countless life lessons that I will hold on to and cherish forever.

My family and I are extremely excited for our next phase of life. Again, we truly want to thank everyone from the Rockies, Yankees, and baseball fans all around for the support. We had a blast!

Bettis one of those guys that I’ll remember sort of starting the run that Texas Tech is on, playing high school ball at Monterey, then being drafted in the second round of the 2010 MLB Draft by Colorado. Bettis recovered from cancer in 2016. All the best.

I don’t know if I’ve already posted this, but it’s a slow news day and I need content. Athlon Sports predicted some Big 12 things, including where teams finish. They have Texas Tech finishing 9th overall and I sort of get the feeling that they believe that Texas Tech is an afterthought, a tick ahead of Kansas:

Matt Wells’ debut in Lubbock was hindered by season-ending injuries to standout offensive lineman Jack Anderson and quarterback Alan Bowman. Despite those losses, the Red Raiders were competitive in the Big 12, losing five games by 10 points or less. If Bowman can stay healthy, Wells’ team should push for a bowl in 2020. As usual in Lubbock, Texas Tech isn’t hurting for skill players, as running back SaRodorick Thompson and receivers T.J. Vasher and Erik Ezukanma are poised to challenge for All-Big 12 honors. Improving the defense remains a priority. The Red Raiders finished ninth in the Big 12 in scoring defense and allowed 6.6 yards a snap last year. Texas Tech has finished seventh or worst in the Big 12 in scoring every season since 2010.

I absolutely get why folks are predicting a 9th place finish, but I also think that if Bowman stays healthy and if the defense even makes a modicum of progress, then I think Texas Tech maybe flips some of those games last year that they lost in heartbreaking fashion.

Well, this is exciting, Cade and Cash Hale, sons of the one and only Travis hale, breakdown highlight videos of transfer Mac McClung. Please like the video and subscribe to the channel. You’ll make them feel like a million bucks.

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