Those days appear to be at an end, thus the hiring of Mazey from baseball-rich TCU and a staff of like-minded baseball people. Thus the push for a new ballpark in Morgantown. Thus the road show that will be this WVU baseball season, searching out the best parks in the state to play (11 in Charleston and four in Beckley, as opposed to just four single games and one series at Hawley Field).
And thus at least a bit of emphasis on the sport, some of it in rather nuanced ways.
"In the past, they didn't do anything to promote us,'' Frazer said. "Now it's like they care.''
Whether or not that makes a difference in terms of success remains to be seen, of course. This is a team that returns almost everyone from a year ago - pitchers who started 43 of last year's 55 games and nine of the 11 position players who played in at least half the games - but it's also a team that was 23-32. Mazey has brought in 14 new players, but the level of competition is kicked up a notch or two in the Big 12, as well.
"We've got the offense, we've got the defense and we've got the pitching,'' Frazer said. "We should be right up there.''
There's also the travel factor. A 56-game schedule includes just eight games in which the Mountaineers don't have to bus or fly, a number that is likely to be reduced even further by the elements.
"No, it's not ideal. The travel's hard,'' Frazer said. "But we travel a lot anyway. And it's not like we're losing the home-field advantage [in games at Charleston and Beckley]. We're still playing in front of our fans, just in a different place.''
And, of course, for guys like Frazer there's the need to pretty much start all over again. Frazer played and started 54 of the team's 55 games a year ago. He hit .294 and led or tied for the team lead in doubles and home runs. At 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, he's certainly an imposing physical specimen.
But he's also a rookie again.
"It's actually fun,'' Frazer said. "It gives you a chance to really dig down deep. You go full speed every time you're out there with somebody new as your coach. They don't know who you are and you don't know who they are. You have to prove yourself.''
And in the end it might make West Virginia baseball relevant.
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