Jon Morosi's has reported that Castellanos is starting in RF tonight for Erie, a possible showcase? I would want a bonefide young star if Dombrowski decided to move him within the next 2 weeks, possible Justin Upton (we'd have to send more prospects though) even though he had previously listed Detroit as one of the teams he wouldn't want to be traded too along with the rest of the AL Central in the 2011.
Theo is still most likely looking for the world for Garza and Barney, so I'd stay away from that, but regardless it's a very important next 19 days for Dombrowski and the Tigers.
Nick Baumgardner did a write up on the Lebron James Skills Academy (Link Here), and noted that Burke and Hardaway Jr. were among the 6 standouts at the camp. Burke was noted as looking 'particularly outstanding', by Joe Kotoch of ProBasketballDraft.com, who chose Burke as his 'best slasher' and 'best midrange shooter'.
Short article in DetNews (LINK) this weekend, missed earlier, announcing Daar's acceptance of UM scholarship. Daar from Grosse Pointe Woods Ligget was Michigan 2012 co-Mr. Baseball Award winner; has good control and seems to know how to pitch, but lacks overpowering stuff. Should be good solid 4yr starter, hopefully like Jonah Nickerson was during Oregon State's NCAA runs.
Guys, keep an eye out down the left field line. Kate Upton just posted this Tweet after the Delmon Young Homerun.
EDIT: FSN Detroit Visual Confirmation.
As expected, new Michigan baseball head coach Erik Bakich has officially announced the hiring of Sean Kenny and Nick Schnabel as assistant coaches. Kenny will be the pitching coach, while Schnabel has been named recruiting coordinator.
Also, Jim Russ of the Detroit News has an extensive interview with Bakich, published under the title Aggressive baseball will be trademark of Erik Bakich's Michigan program. It doesn't sound as if anyone is going to outwork Bakich, who says:
"I don't have any hobbies. I try to be the best husband and father that I can be, and outside of that I'm going to spend 100 percent of my time making sure that Michigan baseball returns to a championship level."
Only one "tremendous" from Bakich in the interview, but he did say "this is Michigan" twice.
For some further background on Bakich's decision to leave Maryland for the Michigan job, the Washington Post has an article worth reading titled Maryland looking for new baseball coach amid uncertain financial situation. The financial difficulties of Maryland's athletic department clearly played a role, and in the end Maryland wasn't able to match the deal that Michigan offered:
“There were some things that I felt like in order to advance the baseball program [at Maryland], the resources and the support would probably need to be increased a little bit,” Bakich said Thursday in a telephone interview. “I’m extremely sensitive and aware and understanding of the athletic department’s struggles, so I completely understand the decision of not being able to commit those resources at this time.”
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“My family, my wife and I are extremely grateful and pleased with the commitment the [Michigan] athletic department has made to our baseball program and to our coaching staff,” Bakich added.
Michigan “put together a pretty attractive package, which we weren’t able to match. These things happen, and I’m really sorry to see Erik leave,” said Bob “Turtle” Smith, a 1963 Maryland baseball alum and one of the program’s most significant boosters.
Tune in to FoxTV now for "Throwback Night" at Tropicana Field. Tigers are wearing the road grays w/orange and blue stripes of the late 70's and 80's and look good in them. The Rays didn't exist then, so they had to come up with something that looks like a hybrid Blue Jays/Astros/Padres concoction. Actually, all things considered, not too awful-looking.