in town for free camps
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.
Surprisingly on-topic to some you, but with the Minnesota Golden Gophers (henceforth confusingly named UM on a UM blog) playing home games in the Metrodome for the next season or two, the collapse of the Metrodome's roof does have some tangential impact on Michigan sports.
The roof is held up by air pressure and with all the snow, the roof failed and the teflon tore. So how does this affect the baseball team? While UM is working on securing funding to repair the old on campus field, but it hasn't been secured, nor is the on campus field necessarily the best thing for the Gophers.
By playing in the dome, UM and several of the schools from the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin area also play college baseball in the stadium, sometimes around the clock.
With the collapse of the roof, the Vikings will obviously throw a lot of money at getting it fixed, but I have to think that they also use this as a lobbying token for a new stadium, as stadium that may or may not include the option for indoor baseball.
Losing the chance to host the Dairy Queen Classic, UM's February/March tournament was one of the Big Ten's few opportunities to host bigger name opponents early in the year. While there is no doubt the inbalance of Southern powers over the North, this tournament was one of the few bright spots that could be in jeopardy.
Michigan doesn't play at Minnesota this upcoming season, but I can't imagine that the Vikings don't get the roof fixed by May.
Also worth noting about the Greensboro Grasshoppers and their stadium is their bat dog named Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth is a black Labrador retriever that would retrieve each of the baseball bats from the field and bring them to her trainer. She would also carry a basket of baseballs to the umpire at the start of each inning and carry the empty basket back.
Technically, this will be a full out renovation of Siebert Field, the Gophers previous on campus stadium, but the overhaul is so large, that it's being called a completely new stadium.
The Gophers become the 3rd stadium to receive a huge revamp in the last 10 years, including Michigan and Michigan State (Ohio State's Bill Davis was a few seasons before that). This is another sign that the Big Ten is committed to continuing their commitment to baseball, even when the rules of the NCAA are against them.
I've been engrossed in this game since the 8th inning. That was 2.5 hours ago. They're around 5.5 hours into the game now. It's been absolutely ridiculous.
Vandy just won it in the bottom of the 17th. Louisville's coach McDonnell told his players not to shake hands after Vandy's excessive celebration. Weak.