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Sonoran Hot Reads: Comparing the 2012 and 2016 Arizona CWS teams

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The last two Arizona CWS teams are so different

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It’s bound to happen. Sports writers and fans are always comparing one player to another, one team to another, or one era to another. So of course, we have a comparison of the 2012 and 2016 Arizona baseball teams. What it tells us is there isn’t a lot of comparison, something we already find out when trying to compare the freshman catchers on those teams. This offense is worse, but the pitching is better, and the 2016 team has reached this point in a completely different fashion. There’s not a lot of similarities other than how far they’ve gone in the season

- Speaking of comparing, D1Baseball did so for a couple of categories, but refused to take a stand on the pitching and intangibles. Both of these teams certainly took the long road though

- Arizona almost was facing TCU this week because of some great rally antics in the Horned Frog dugout

- Here are some numbers that you should know about the CWS and the final series

- Some people are going to call Coastal a "cinderella" story, but those people have no idea what they’re talking about

- You’ve probably been wondering what a Chanticleer actually is. Never fear, we have your answer

- Will Cameron Ming be available to pitch Monday? Probably not, but he has been thriving in this new closer role that he’s taken on in the postseason

- It’s not an accident that this team readily shows its personality in the dugout

- We’ve had the best Arizona baseball coverage all season long, so if you’re feeling the need to get caught up on what this team has gone through and the personalities behind it, make your way through our baseball hub. You won’t find more about this team anywhere else

Basketball

- We’re still waiting on where Gabe York and Ryan Anderson will sign, but one New York writer thinks that the Knicks should make York a priority

- Allonzo Trier is the best NBA prospect on this year’s team

Football

- Three-star OL Cody Shear has Arizona in his final three, along with Washington State and Oregon State

Other sports

Tucson news

- Go vote in the Sushi Garden vs. Mariscos Chihuahua battle in the Tucson Restaurant Tournament

- It rained, so naturally people lost power. And of course Tucson Blvd. flooded because that’s just kind of what it does during the summer

- There was a fire that started burning near Redington Pass