Mike Lantry, 1972
Is anyone else watching the Miami vs. Florida baseball game on ESPN right now? Former Major Leaguer Eric Byrnes is the third announcer in the booth and has me absolutely rolling with laughter each inning. It's like Jeff Spicoli announcing baseball.
This is somewhat directed at FormerlyAnonymous: What kind of ramifications do expansions have on non-revenue sports? I'm thinking about baseball and the future of the conference, and I have to believe that Nebraska would help out baseball. Would Wisconsin finally field a varsity team? What about if we head east and pick up Syracuse, would Michigan push lacrosse into the varsity status? Would we want all sports that currently play in a non-Big-Ten league (hockey, lacrosse, etc.) to build a conference, even if it means fielding teams that aren't necessarily competitive at first? Discuss.
I have a cousin who has signed a national letter of intent to pitch for the hated Buckeyes. Should take my family members side or root against him because of his school of choice?
Ryan LaMarre was drafted by the Reds with the 69th overall pick. The Reds are an interesting destination, since Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo, and Hal Morris all thrived there.
So it's a little late, but I wanted to post this so that those that are interested in college baseball can post their thoughts here.
Anyway, Minnesota was finally eliminated last night, losing their second straight to Cal St. in as many days. Minnesota was in the driver's seat after winning their first 2 (including Game 1 against Cal St.), but just didn't seem to have enough to pull out one more.
As far as the Big Ten goes, the result was expected (i.e., Minnesota not advancing). However, they managed to win a couple, one against a national powerhouse. This game, IME, reinforces the idea that Big Ten teams can compete against some of the big time programs on any given day. Unfortunately, most B10 teams don't have the depth to do something like win a regional.
I'm not sure if Michigan would've fared better or worse. I think Michigan's offense stood a better chance of matching Cal St., but our pitching left much to be desired near the end of the season, and I'm not sure Oaks and Co. would've fared any better than Minnesota's staff.
Anyway, here are the teams that have advanced to super regionals (1 spot remains open): ASU, Arkansas, Clemson, Bama, UVA, Oklahoma, Coastal Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, TCU, FSU, Vandy, UCLA, Cal St. Fullerton, and Florida.
FWIW, not exactly going out on a limb here, but I still have Texas winning it all. Here's the bracket: http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/2010/ncaa_bracket_DI_baseball.html
Just a few things from the MLB draft today, because it's the offseason! Hooray offseason!
The Tiger's drafted twice today, both supplemental round picks, and got Nick Castellanos, a 3B out of a Florida HS, and Chance Ruffin, RHP out of Texas.
I actually told a friend, who posts here, that the Tiger's would have to draft Castellanos if he fell. He's a HS SS who is probably too big to continue at the position, but should have an above average bat and has a lot of power potential if he can fill out his frame. I love the pick, I love it like Mariah Carey loves cocaine.
Ruffin is a relief pitcher out of Texas, but there is a chance he could transition into a starter down the road. I'm a little surprised he was the pick, Dombrowski and Chadd are always picking power arms, and Ruffin doens't fit that profile. Low to mid 90's fastball, with decent change up and breaking ball. Good control and make-up, as well as being the son of a former MLB player and having a truly great baseball name.
In less Tiger's related draft news, Ryan Lamarre has not been drafted yet, but it seems like he should go sometime soon, hopefully he doesn't fall like Putnam did. In what might be good or bad news, Alex Wimmers was drafted by the Twins, so all Tiger's/Wolverines fans get to continue hating him, and you can still use the voodoo doll with one strand of his hair tied around the waist as a pincushion.