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Cal Baseball Reinstated!

Californiagoldenblogs.com is reporting that the Cal baseball program, one of several set to be shut down at the end of this school year, apparently has been saved. Commitments totaling $9 million of the required $10 million were presented to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau yesterday by Stu Gordon, a former Golden Bear pitcher and leader of the fundraising effort. In light of the fact that the funds raised remain about 10 percent short of the previously identified $10 million goal, donors and the campus administration have agreed that the team’s formal reinstatement will be announced once the $10 million target is met through continued fund raising. It appears that a vote of confidence, even an "unofficial" one, from the administration will be the boost that gets Bear baseball the last 10% of the way. It's a good thing the conference will need to deal with the scheduling issues the Pac-11 will present, which should not be too severe; some teams already are using 10 weeks to play 9 series this season, so a rotation plan for a non-conference weekend series should be doable. Cal, currently ranked 13th. nationally, and tied for first place in the Pac-10 with a 5-1 conference record, has been playing great baseball this year under, or maybe because of, the threat of their program being shut down.

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