this may be of some local interest
George "Meadowlark" Lemon, the basketball star who entertained millions of fans around the world with his antics as a longtime member of the Harlem Globetrotters, died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 83.
Lemon played 24 seasons and by his own estimate more than 16,000 games with the Globetrotters, the touring exhibition basketball team known for its slick ball-handling, practical jokes, red-white-and-blue uniforms and multiyear winning streaks against overmatched opponents.
Tigers didn't give up a ton to get him, shipping infielder Javier Betancourt and a player to be named later for the closer.
I'm not a huge fan of the move myself as I think the Tigers need to get younger. But it's a cheap price for someone who has been a "reliable" closer so to speak.
The latest Michigan baseball commitments (which happened over the last three weeks) increase the 2016 class to eight and the 2017 class to seven.
Marcus Chavez: 5-10 C, Grand Street Campus HS (Brooklyn, NY). Prep Baseball Report is not particularly high on him, ranking him #27 in the state of New York in the 2016 class. They say his bat "is not advanced" and call him "pull happy," but they were impressed by his "big arm behind the plate." According to a local news article on his commitment, he's a "tremendous leader," and he picked Michigan over Oregon, Seton Hall, Villanova, Maine, and Boston College.
Ben Dragani: 6-4 LHP, Catholic Memorial HS (Waukesha, WI). PBR has him ranked #4 in Wisconsin and #203 overall in the 2017 class: "Dragani has one of the easier arm actions you’ll see producing an 80-83 mph fastball, touching 84 mph. He couples that with a hard darting slider at 75-77 mph, which we’ve previously seen up to 79 mph, so the hand speed is clearly there." PBR also has post-commit Q&A with Dragani.
Cody Bolton: 6-3 RHP, Tracy HS (CA), class of 2017. Not much out there on the latest product of the strong California-to-Michigan pipeline. Perfect Game has his fastball topping out at 88, while in his NSCA profile, Bolton listed it at 89.
On a related note: Michigan has now posted their 2016 roster, and they noted the team's 13 newcomers (3 transfers and 10 freshmen) in this press release. They've also posted a "meet the newcomers" feature in three parts, with part three including links to the first two. The biggest roster surprise was no Charlie Donovan, arguably the highest-rated player in Michigan's 2015 class (although a case could be made for Jonathan Engelmann). I have heard nothing about why he's not on the roster.
The schedule has been announced for the 2015 B1G Tournament Champions. Michigan stunned EVERYONE last year by going on a run to win the B1G Tournament and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan has finished higher and higher as we further progress into the Erik Bakich era.
2015- T-3rd, B1G Tournament Champions, NCAA Regional Runner-Up
- Opening the season at Ray Fisher Stadium South: Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, which is the owned by Fred Wilpon who is the New York Mets owner.
- Hooray! Michigan gets to play both MSU and OSU this year. Why is this news? Well, they haven't both been on our schedule as B1G conference series since....2011.
- 4-game road trip to Hawaii
- Return series to Oklahoma State
|2/19||vs Canisius (Tradition Field)||2pm|
|2/20||vs Canisius (Tradition Field)||11am|
|vs Canisius (Tradition Field)||2pm|
|2/21||vs Canisius (Tradition Field)||11am|
|2/26||Saint Joseph's (in Santa Clara, CA)||1pm|
|2/27||Cal Poly (in San Jose, CA)||3pm|
|2/28||at Santa Clara||9pm|
|3/2||at San Jose State||9pm|
|3/3||at UC Davis||5pm|
|3/4||at UC Davis||5pm|
|3/5||at UC Davis||5pm|
|3/18||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
|3/19||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
|3/20||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
|3/29||vs Central Michigan||4pm|
|4/5||at Notre Dame||TBA|
|4/6||vs Bowling Green||4pm|
|4/14||vs Eastern Michigan||4pm|
|4/29||vs Michigan State*||6pm|
|4/30||at Michigan State*||1:05pm|
|5/1||vs Michigan State*||1pm|
|5/3||vs Eastern Michigan||6pm|
|5/4||at Eastern Michigan||6pm|
|5/11||at Central Michigan||4pm|
|5/13||at Ohio State*||6:30pm|
|5/14||at Ohio State*||3pm|
|5/15||at Ohio State*||1pm|
|B1G Tournament (Omaha, NE)^|
*B1G Conference Game
^ if applies
Kansas City Royals vs New York Mets
Royals lead the series 1-0
8:07 P.M. Ann Arbor Time on FOX
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri