good luck with that
I'm going to be making it down to Lakeland for the first time in a while to catch a couple Tigers' Spring Training games. I've heard that they split into 3 different squads, and all 3 squads could be playing on the same day. Is there truth to that? And if there is, is there any way to tell ahead of time which squad I'll be seeing (I'll be at their games against the Mets on 3/12 and 14)?
I don't really care much either way, it will be nice enough to just be watching baseball in warm weather, but I was just curious.
Thanks in advance.
Big Ten baseball looking to playing games in the summer which could cause all teams to miss NCAA Tournament
The dean of Big Ten baseball coaches says the league should move the season to summer, which would likely leave its teams out of the NCAA tournament.
Minnesota's John Anderson said the Big Ten would benefit from playing April to August when the weather is better. He says cold and snow, along with Big Ten recruiting rules, make it difficult for the conference to compete on equal footing with power programs.
Big Ten deputy commissioner Brad Traviolia said Anderson's idea is worth considering.
Traviolia said the Big Ten is working on a proposal that would allow teams across the nation to play up to 14 non-conference games in the fall. The results would carry over to the spring and be used in the NCAA tournament selection process. I am sorry this may be one of the worst ideas ever that I can think of.
2/27/2012 - Outfielder Michael O'Neill earned the Big Ten Conference's Co-Player of the Week after going 8-for-15 (.533) with five doubles, three RBI and five stolen bases in a four-game series with Iona. On the year, O'Neill leads the team with a .464 batting average and a Big Ten-leading six doubles. He also is tied for the Big Ten and Michigan lead with junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) with seven stolen bases. This is O'Neill's first Big Ten Player of the Week honor and first for Michigan since Biondi did the trick on April 19, 2010.
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.