Roberts plans to attend UT to play baseball. @chseroberts
Chase Roberts, a recent move-in at Oak Ridge high school, is beginning this year’s season and is ready to dominate.
Roberts moved to the Oak Ridge area this past fall, and has committed to further his baseball career at The University of Texas at Austin.
During the fall semester off season, head coach Mike Pirtle worked the team daily to prepare each athlete specifically for this current season.
“We went through a lot of adversity and we saw what our weaknesses were so that we could focus on those,” Roberts said.
This preparation geared up the War Eagle baseball team to face tough challenges and support each teammate in times of weakness.
There are many things to look forward to this season, especially the highly ranked competition that Oak Ridge will face during both district play and playoffs.
“I most look forward to our tournaments and just having fun with my teammates,” Roberts said.
“Hard work carries a long way and being a good teammate does as well. When you set a good attitude, people will follow,” he added.
It is quite evident that Roberts will carry this legacy onto the campus and baseball field at University of Texas. Roberts plans on studying in the McCombs School Of Business.
“I want to further my knowledge of business on a global standpoint and use my resources in the best way possible,” he said.
As the 17th-ranked business school in the country according to U.S. News, McCombs Business School at UT could helped Roberts on his path.
The time consuming life of a college athlete can sometimes become a barrier for academics, but Roberts in confident that he can handle the atmosphere.
“Scheduling out each day is absolutely important,” he said.
Having a prioritized schedule will allow him to take care of his athletics and academics while striving for success in each as well.
Chase Roberts has extreme talent and is an important addition to the baseball program at ORHS. He will be a roadblock for teams that face the War Eagles this year.
Claire Fesler is a student at Oak Ridge HS and a member of the VYPE U Ambassador Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Ambassador at your school, visit VYPEU.com
It's a new year for the Houston Astros as they return to action for their first game of the spring against the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
Every season we see some adjustments to the roster which means we also see some changes in leadership. As Astros fans, we're all aware of Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker's contract situations. Breggy could be gone after the season, and Tucker could follow one year later.
Which means it's pretty clear who the leaders of the team will be for the foreseeable future. Not only are these guys two of the best players on the club, but they're also under contract for several more years. In Altuve's case, through the 2029 season. For Yordan, he won't sniff free agency until 2029.
While these guys aren't your typical vocal leaders, they are both highly respected and lead by example. Leadership is something that's front of mind for Yordan this season, according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome.
On Yordan Alvarez the leader, one of two constants in a clubhouse bracing for change and the responsibility he wants to shoulder as a result - https://t.co/sZGlI5taBQ
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 21, 2024
Another way to be a leader is to do everything you can to be available for your team. Alvarez changed his diet in the offseason hoping it will help him stay healthy this year.
Manager Joe Espada said Alvarez is fully healthy and he plans on playing him earlier than normal this spring.
Currently, Yordan is trending down in games played for three straight seasons. But he's such a great player that he needs fewer games to put up massive numbers.
He finished 3rd in MVP voting in 2022, and he only played in 135 games out of a possible 162.
So with that in mind, how many games does Yordan need to play this year to win an MVP?
Plus, who's going to protect him in the lineup? With new manager Joe Espada in place, it's hard to know what the lineup will look like.
One thing we do know, Espada immediately named Josh Hader his closer when spring training began. He also told the media that he wants Jeremy Pena to know where he's going to hit every day when he comes to the ballpark.
Espada values players knowing their roles, and getting comfortable in their routines. Something very different from last season when manager Dusty Baker moved Pena all over the lineup throughout the season.
So what does all this mean for Yordan?
Be sure to watch the video above as we break it all down!
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