I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
The baseball team beat Iona (with an N, not Iowa) 9-6 today. They blew a 6-0 lead after 5 innings but came up with 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th and held on for the win.
The softball team beat Illinois St 3-1. Wagner allowed just 4 hits, walked 2 and struck out 8. Chidester hit a 3-run homer. That was it for the offense, but it was enough to win. They have another game with UMass later today.
Well, Spring is rolling in early around my parts, and with it has come baseball. I love baseball for so many reasons, but one of my favorites has to be those Tiger day games that help kill off a good three hour chunk of my day at the office.
As many of you know, Michigan is taking on Iona today in baseball. I know that there are Iphone apps and what not, but as far as an internet radio station, where can i hear the game? Is there such a place? Do i just need to plug my phone into my comp speakers and use the MGOBLUE2GO App?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. And Go Blue!
Buster Olney talked about Rick Porcello in a blog post this morning (LINK, $). To summarize, he talks about how Porcello got behind in his training last season due to an injured finger. Porcello says he didn't really feel 100% until later on in the season. He's started his training regimen early this year because he wants to be in better shape once the season starts in April.
It's great to hear that he's working hard, but do you think the early start on his training could affect him negatively toward the end of the year? If he shows continued improvement, he'll be a really solid option at the #4 spot in the Tigers' rotation.
And speaking of the Tigers' rotation, who do you think will be the #5 starter this year? As far as I know, Oswalt is still available; do you think DD would make an offer for him? I know there are some people who want Turner to be on the roster for Opening Day, but I think that's way too early for him. Personally, I wouldn't care if he stayed in the minors this entire season. Why rush him when we don't need to, and he's got things to work on? Other prospects you probably know are Andy Oliver and Drew Smyly. I think Oliver has some good potential. He gets a lot of strikeouts, but his overall command is really lacking. If he's put in the work this offseason to improve his slider and changeup, he's got a plus fastball and could do well in the 5 spot.
I'll be hoping that Smyly and Turner do well in Spring Training, but struggle enough that the Tigers don't move them into the ML rotation. I just think they need more time in the minors. I really hope Oliver shows improvement, though. We really need a serviceable lefty in the rotation.
Hall Of Fame catcher Gary Carter has lost his battle with brain cancer at age 57. I hesitated in posting this at first, but I hoped that enough people in the MGoCommunity were huge baseball fans as well.
|2012 Michigan Baseball BTN Schedule|
|Sunday, April 8||Michigan State at Michigan||3 p.m.|
|Friday, April 27||Indiana at Michigan||7 p.m.|
|Tuesday, May 8||Coastal Carolina at Michigan||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, May 12||Michigan at Purdue||Noon|
|2012 Michigan Softball BTN Schedule|
|Friday, April 6||Michigan at Ohio State||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, April 28||Illinois at Michigan||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, April 28||Illinois at Michigan||5:30 p.m.|
|Friday, May 11||Purdue at Michigan||6 p.m.|
The baseball game against nebraska on 5/19 is a BTN wild-card game which means it could be televised if the BTN chooses to do so. (I think they will)
The softball wild-card game is the 5/12 game against purdue.
BTN Digital Network will be streaming games. Those games will be announced in the coming weeks.
Pretty weak by BTN if you ask me. What the hell else is on TV in Spring? Hockey and Basketball seasons are coming to a conclusion. So put on some diamond sports.
Title says it all. BYB linked to two sources who are saying Cespedes is about to sign a 4 year, $36 million contract with the Oakland A's.
Tim Brown, from Yahoo! Sports:
Source: Yoenis Cespedes has agreed to terms with the Oakland A's.
And Susan Slusser, A's beat writer for the San Fran Chronicle:
#Athletics about to sign Cespedes for for four years, $36 million.
I'm surprised to see the A's come up. From everything I had read about the pursuit of Cespedes, the A's weren't in the running. Either way, I'm a little disappointed that the Tigers weren't able to get him. Not that I fully expected them to get him, and not that I'm at all disappointed with Fielder, but we could use a young outfield prospect.
Anyway, good luck to Cespedes.
EDIT: ESPN is reporting it as a done deal.