“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
I'm surprised this hasn't been brought up on the board yet, but who do you have pegged as a captain for Team 134 next year? With Lewan coming back, my money would be on him being one of them. As for the other, it looks a little more up in the air. If I had to guess, it would be between Quinton Washington and Jeremy Gallon.
But who do you have?
I'm somewhat surprised this hasn't been brought up on the board yet, but:
1) Does anyone know when the team is supposed to announce who the captains for the season will be?
2) Who do you all have pegged as captains for the year? Personally, I think Kovacs is a lock, and then Denard and Roundtree both have great chances. Maybe Demens, too. But if I had to narrow it down to three, I'd go with Denard, Kovacs and Roundtree. Thoughts?
MGoBlue and Coach Maloney released this upcoming season's baseball captains this week in senior catcher Chris Berset and senior first baseman Mike Dufek. The two have big shoes to fill, stepping up to fill the void of last year's captains Chris Fetter, Tim Kalczynski, and Kevin Cislo, but I'm sure they'll be up to the task.
Berset is in his fourth (split time with Doug Pickens in '07, but started more games) year as the starting catcher for the Wolverines, having already 91 starts in 110 games played. Chris has managed our pitching staff very well over the years, including the wildly successful campaigns of alumni Chris Fetter, Zach Putnam, Mike Powers, and current players such as Tyler Burgoon, Eric Katzman, and Alan Oaks.
There is a difference in the play of our team with him behind the plate. Pitchers feel confident in throwing that hard breaking slider in the dirt with runners on base and being aggressive because they know that Berset will block the ball.
On offense, Berset had a solid rebound to his sophomore slump of a season in 2007. From MGoBlue:
Berset, a three-year letterwinner, posted a career high in doubles (7) and runs batted in (21) despite missing 24 games due to injury last season. The switch-hitting catcher had a breakout sophomore campaign in 2008, appearing in 42 games with 37 starts behind the dish. Michigan was 27-10 in games Berset caught as he helped lead the team to its third straight Big Ten title and NCAA Regional in Ann Arbor.
Chris also honed his leadership skills with a trip to this year's World Baseball Cup, playing for the Great Britain team. While the GB team didn't make it past the 2nd round, Berset did well, hitting .387 with a key home run against Croatia.
Mike Dufek will be making his second straight season as the starter at first base, his third season to be at least a semi-regular starter. In his sophomore season, Dufek commonly came in to play first base when All American Nate Recknagel shifted to catcher or designated hitter.
Dufek is the big hitter in the lineup, registering 17 home runs last season and a .647 slugging percentage. Dufek is also a solid closer for Michigan, with a 95+ mph fastball that leaves opposing hitters whiffing at nothing.
Dufek earned first team All-Big Ten honors as a first baseman last season after starting all 55 games and leading all Big Ten first basemen with 17 home runs. He tied for third place on the U-M single-season homer list while finishing with a team-best 19 doubles. Dufek also appeared on the mound 11 times, posting a 1-1 record with three saves and a 2.70 ERA.
"What I look for in a captain are players who are committed to the team," Maloney continued. "Captains should look at things bigger than themselves, and I think Chris and Mike have demonstrated that quality throughout their careers. It's not about them; they want to win for Michigan."
Congratulations to Chris and Mike on your honor.
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I know the list is coming out this afternoon, so lets hear some of your choices.
I thought about putting Minor and Moosman there but chose to stay away and make it a more exclusive honor to guys who have undoubtedly earned it.
I am willing to bet not one list on this thread excludes the three I have listed. That should be the criteria for making it on the official list.
EDIT: I just found this :
Sorry for the double post . Negbang as appropriate.
Does anyone know if RR has scrapped last year's game captain system or if we are going back to it? I would guess if we went back to the traditional season captains (which we should) they would be Brandon Graham, Brandon Minor and perhaps the Space Emperor.
I read a rivals article/interview of Brandon Herron and he had this to say about the following players,
"I'm leaning on Brandon Graham and Obi Ezeh quite a bit, the defensive captains, and also Stevie. I just look up to those guys because of what they have put through the program and just to watch them is inspiration".
I thought RR selected the captains game by game and then at the end of the year chose the captain for that season like an end of season honor. Or does this statement reflect that the season ending captain will be next years captain? Any insight on this topic would be greatly appreciated.
no link the article is taken down now.