Mike Lantry, 1972
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|6 hours 59 min ago||Tell that to Florida||
Tell that to Florida International, currently ranked #21 in the country in one poll and receiving votes in several others, which lost a game to Dartmouth last weekend 3-0.
I'll take back one thing I said above: Michigan may not have faced Princeton's best pitcher yesterday. One of the pitchers the Wolverines will face today is Cameron Mungo, a sophomore righty considered by Baseball America to be the top Ivy League prospect for the 2015 draft. In their Ivy preview, they called Princeton "young but talented on the mound" and deemed Mungo "a projectable 6-foot-4, 185-pounder with feel for three quality pitches."
|15 hours 17 min ago||In addition to what Alton||
In addition to what Alton pointed out, keep in mind that the College World Series dates back only to 1947, so there are no official national champions for about 80 years of Michigan baseball history. In fact, I discovered in my research noted above that Michigan was considered the winner of the unofficial national title in 1914. Here's a—somewhat hyperbolic—snippet from page 275 of a 1915 Michigan yearbook found through Google Books:
Not sure if there are other years in which Michigan might have won an unofficial title.
|17 hours 12 min ago||Yes, it was their first win||
Yes, it was their first win of the season, but they've played only 4 games. Princeton got swept by UC Santa Barbara, a team ranked in the Collegiate Baseball preseason top 40.
|18 hours 1 min ago||Michigan has an incredibly||
Michigan has an incredibly rich history in baseball, and I'm not sure that the athletic department does enough to emphasize that. It could be one way to spark some more interest from fans.
While I'm at it, something I posted on Twitter earlier might be of interest to you and others: an interview that John U. Bacon did last year with Fred Wilpon subtitled How Branch Rickey and U-M Changed His Life Forever. It relates to Branch Rickey obviously, but it also ties in with the Michigan-Princeton series in another way because the teams are playing at the spring training facility of the New York Mets, owned by Wilpon.
For those unfamiliar with Sisler and especially his time at Michgian, see Michigan's George Sisler to enter College Baseball Hall of Fame and Sisler Elected to College Baseball Hall of Fame. The speech given by his grandson on his induction is also interesting, especially the part where he talks about Sisler's first meeting with Rickey and his subsequent "tryout" with the Michigan team.
Another interesting note is that after graduation, Rickey signed Sisler to a free-agent contract with the St. Louis Browns, where Sisler spent most of his MLB career.
|18 hours 56 min ago||Princeton wasn't expected to||
Princeton wasn't expected to be very good this season, but this was just one game, so I don't see how it could be called a disaster. We'll see how the rest of the series goes.
|19 hours 41 min ago||To me, the heart of the team||
To me, the heart of the team are three sophomores: Jacob Cronenworth (2B and closer), Travis Maezes (SS), and Evan Hill (southpaw starting pitcher). The other main starting pitchers are also very good, especially 5th-year senior Ben Ballantine but also Trent Szkutnik and Logan McAnallen. Jackson Glines, a junior college transfer playing center field, is off to a great start this year. And the freshman class was highly touted, with the most heralded being Jackson Lamb, who had gotten off to a hot start but then suffered a back injury and has since missed several games and struggled when he has played.
|19 hours 57 min ago||From what I could gather,||
From what I could gather, Princeton sent their best pitcher out to the mound in this first game of the series, and he carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning. It seems unlikely the rest of their staff will be capable of doing that, so I expect the Wolverines will do better tommorow and on Sunday.
One positive note is that Jackson Glines extended his hitting streak to eight games. Mgoblue.com recap.
Some historical side notes that I discovered in advance of this series: Michigan is still looking for its first victory over Princeton. The Tigers now lead the all-time series 6-0. Of course, the two teams hadn't played in 100 years. Two of Princeton's victories over Michigan—in 1911 and 1912—came when Branch Rickey was the Wolverine head coach. The most recent victory (prior to today's) occurred in 1914 after Rickey had left Michigan to become general manager of the St. Louis Browns. That year, future Hall of Famer George Sisler was Michigan's captain.
|21 hours 2 min ago||He's playing||
|1 day 1 hour ago||Nice piece||
In that list of accomplishments at the end is the 98 wins that Michigan has won during Morgan's playing career. That's close to the most ever for a Wolverine. Morgan was on the basketball radio show the other night, and Terry Mills said this came up during the reunion game for the 1989 national championship team. Mark Hughes (1985-89) holds the record currently at 104 games won. So there's a chance Morgan might equal or break this record.
Interestingly enough, Hughes, like Morgan, was a senior co-captain of the 1989 team.
|1 day 19 hours ago||We'll see tomorrow if the||
We'll see tomorrow if the Wolverines can do two things they've never done in the Big Ten Tournament: beat MSU (they're 0-3) and win two games in the same tournament.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Nice to see Kelsey Mitchell||
Nice to see Kelsey Mitchell make her career debut as a Wolverine.
|1 day 19 hours ago||He's talking about in the||
He's talking about in the opening game.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Barnes Arico has been playing||
Barnes Arico has been playing either 6 or 7 for just about the entire Big Ten. Paige Rakers has gotten some playing time, as has Danielle Williams. Williams got injured in the preseason, otherwise she would probably be seeing the floor more. Kelsey Mitchell would have been in the rotation, but she too suffered a preseason injury. The team will be much deeper next season, so hopefully they won't wear down in the late season as they did this year.
|1 day 19 hours ago||That won't be enough given||
That won't be enough given how high their RPI is. If they get to the title game having beaten Michigan State and Nebraska, then they have a small chance at a bid.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Great first half for Cyesha||
Great first half for Cyesha Goree: 10 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal.
|2 days 15 hours ago||They've run into some great||
They've run into some great performances by opposing pitchers, which partly is the reason for the lack of runs. And their top freshman, Jackson Lamb, who had gotten off to a hot start, has missed several games because of a back injury. He was back in the starting lineup tonight and got a key hit in the 7th that led to a run. Juco transfer Jackson Glines had a couple more hits to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He leads the team with a .345 average.
Keep in mind that Bakich is playing a ton of freshman, so I think the team will improve as the season goes on. There were three freshman in the lineup in tonight's game, plus another starting on the mound—Brett Adcock, who went 3 2/3 and didn't give up a run thanks to some help from the man who followed him, Jake Balicki, who picked up the win.
The full recap is here.
|2 days 20 hours ago||I think you mean Loyola||
I think you mean Loyola Marymount.
|2 days 21 hours ago||In a similar vein—||
|2 days 23 hours ago||Quick follow to my post above||
One media person I asked about this was unaware of any change to the men's all–Big Ten teams, so my assumption that the men's teams would be set up like the women's teams may have been a bad one. I guess we'll find out for sure on Monday.
|3 days 1 hour ago||There are lots of media||
There are lots of media figures saying Stauskas will win it (e.g., see below). I think Michigan fans are being their usual pessimists when it comes to his chances—as well as those of Beilein in regard to coach of the year.
|3 days 2 hours ago||This Big Ten preview from||
The media isn't as bad as you paint it to be, and most will take into account the changed expectations mid-season, shown in the above. I think Izzo will get little consideration for coach of the year. And I think finishing 1st instead of 6th trumps finishing 5th instead of 10th.
|3 days 3 hours ago||They've lost several very||
They've lost several very close games (including three in extra innings), and there have been other games where the pitching has been decent but the bats were silent—sometimes because of dominating pitching performances by an opponent, other times not. Keep in mind that Bakich is playing a ton of freshmen, so this sort of start wasn't entirely unexpected.
Overall, the starting pitching has looked pretty solid. The bullpen failed to hold some leads, and that's led to some losses. I'm sure Bakich won't use this as an excuse, but injuries have played a factor. The team has lost junior Matt Ogden for the season because of an elbow injury. He was stellar out the bullpen last season, picking up eight wins in 21 appearances, with a 2.28 ERA in 55 1/3 innings. His injury leaves a gaping hole. Michigan's closer, Jacob Cronenworth, had not pitched until last weekend as he was still recovering from off-season labrum surgery, so that didn't help matters in the earlier games. Getting him back on the mound is huge, and he quickly picked up a win and a save in his first two relief efforts.
Another player who could solidify the bullpen is Jackson Lamb, but he "tweaked" his back in the first game of the Houston series a couple weeks ago and has played only sparingly since. He had been expected to be a two-way player but so far hasn't made an appearance on the mound. Bakich said this morning on WTKA (podcast) that Lamb is about 80 percent recovered and will be brought back slowly. Lamb got off to a hot start at the plate, so getting him back in the lineup could certainly help the offense—and perhaps he'll shore up the bullpen as well.
|3 days 3 hours ago||For an alternate viewpoint||
For an alternate viewpoint from all the Miles love in this thread, see this Rod Beard piece: Michigan's John Beilein, Nik Stauskas vie for conference's top honors. I'm guessing Beard might have some insight into who has the inside track on both awards, and he seemed pretty positive about Beilein's chances. He mentioned Bo Ryan as another candidate, before saying that Miles "will get some consideration."
|3 days 4 hours ago||First team might be 10 players—not 5||
For the women's all–Big Ten teams announced earlier this week, the conference changed from naming first, second, and third teams of five players each to naming just a first and second team each consisting of ten players. I'm assuming they'll do the same for the men, so this is something to consider when predicting who'll be on the first team.
|3 days 4 hours ago||There are several national||
There are several national coach of the year awards given out, and while sometimes a coach sweeps them all, it's more common for two or more to split them. I could see Beilein winning at least one of them, perhaps the one awarded by the NABC given how respected he is in the coaching community.
|3 days 6 hours ago||I posted this in the Muppets||
I posted this in the Muppets thread, but for those who didn't see it there, it's actually the second time that can be said about a Michigan win in the last month. From the boxscore for the February 4 win over Nebraska:
|3 days 16 hours ago||Scout video: Beilein on Winning Big Ten Outright|
|3 days 16 hours ago||Michigan's win over Nebraska||
Michigan's win over Nebraska on February 4:
|3 days 17 hours ago||And—||
Michigan now has more Big Ten basketball titles than MSU—14 to 13.
|3 days 18 hours ago||And congrats to the whole team||
Is that a smile from Horford?