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Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

Seminoles advance to Omaha with record-setting rout; Gators game suspended

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There was no drama in Game 2 of the Tallahassee Super Regional on Sunday. A day after Florida State ended the first game with a walk-off win over Sam Houston State, the Seminoles throttled the Bearkats 19-0 to earn a spot in the College World Series. While Florida State never led on Saturday until the last batter of the game, on Sunday they led after the first batter. Taylor Walls hit the third pitch of the game for an opposite…

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FSU/UF both win in Super Regional walk-offs

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Almost everything that could go wrong was going wrong for the Florida State Seminoles in Saturday’s first game of their Super Regional series against the Sam Houston State Bearkats. They had early fielding bunts, hit a batter with the bases load, hit into a triple play and was picked off second to end a big rally. Despite the adversity and trailing throughout the entire game, Florida State hung in, clawed back and eventually escaped with a 7-6 walk-off victory. It…

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Rays look to re-stock talent pool with MLB Draft

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With far less fanfare and the hoopla that surrounds the NFL Draft, Major League Baseball will conduct the first two rounds of their version beginning Monday. The Tampa Bay Rays have the fourth overall pick. Drafting that high, Tampa Bay has several “can’t miss” prospects from which to choose. That does not guarantee the next star player, but they have had some success over the decade. Melvin E. (B.J.) Upton was their top pick in 2002, followed by Delmon Young…

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Florida, Florida State on the winning end of baseball’s June Madness

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The NCAA College Baseball Tournament is not likely to come anywhere near the broad popularity enjoyed by the basketball tournament known as March Madness. At the same time, referring to this year’s baseball extravaganza as June Madness would not be overstating what has taken place so far. Both Florida and Florida State have provided significant contributions to this year’s mayhem, which saw nearly half of the 16 seeded teams and regional hosts go down to defeat. Number two national seed…

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Gators, Seminoles win showdowns, advance to Super Regional

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Things were dicey for the Florida Gators baseball team on Monday, but when everything played out, they put away the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats to earn a spot in the Super Regional. For the Wildcats, they were not able to continue their magical run and ended the season with a 36-25 record. As the game moved into the sixth inning, neither team could manage to put a run across the board. Part of the reason for the was the star of the…

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Bethune-Cookman shocks Gators in NCAAs; Seminoles force deciding game

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College baseball’s June Madness came to Gainesville on Sunday night as the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats shocked the Florida Gators 6-2 to force a deciding game in the Gainesville Regional. BCU made it to the championship round by eliminating the South Florida Bulls 6-4 on Sunday afternoon. After Bethune-Cookman starter Donte Lindsay gave way to T.J. Densmore one out into the second inning and two runs across, the Wildcats bullpen was stingy for the rest of the night. Densmore and Anthony Maldonado…

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FSU beats UCF to stay alive in NCAA Tournament; Gators outlast USF

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The Central Florida Knights had hoped to play Florida State on Saturday, but not with the season on the line. The Seminoles rolled to a 6-1 win in the Tallahassee Regional, eliminating the Knights from the NCAA Tournament and ending their season. Both FSU and USF thought they would be playing each other in the winner’s bracket game on Saturday night, but Auburn and Tennessee Tech had other ideas.  UCF dropped a 7-4 decision to Auburn on Friday, while FSU…

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