OT: Brad Ausmus and the Tigers

OT: Brad Ausmus and the Tigers

Submitted by NFG on July 2nd, 2017 at 4:51 PM

Since his debut in 2014, I think this will be the 27th thread created regarding his tenure as the manager of the Tigers on this site. After going 90-72 in his first year and losing in the ALDS to the Orioles, the Tigers have gone a collective 196-206 (including their current record), with zero playoff appearences. After today's beat down by Cleveland, I would like to believe that soon they'll fire him before or during the All-Star break. 

It isn't always the managers fault, some say it's also Avila, but something needs to be done. This team at one point was built for World Championships, and now they are scrapping the bottom of the barrel. What a disappointment. 





UM with 6 first rounders since 2013 if DJ selected,

UM with 6 first rounders since 2013 if DJ selected,

Submitted by massblue on June 21st, 2017 at 9:37 PM

If DJ is selected in the first round of the NBA draft, it would mean 6 UM players have been selected in the first round since 2013.  For comparison, excluding this year, only Kentucky and Duke have had more than 6 first rounders since 2013.

UM is a basketball factory. 

Michigan Baseball With Southern California Recruiting Success

Michigan Baseball With Southern California Recruiting Success

Submitted by UNCWolverine on June 17th, 2017 at 12:33 PM

Pleasant surprise to see a Michigan baseball recruiting article in the local newspaper this morning. Thought I'd share it with the board. Go Blue.

Three local high schoolers to play baseball for University of Michigan



Three local baseball players have committed to play for the University of Michigan: Danny Zimmerman of Redondo Beach, Blake Beers of Manhattan Beach and Logan Pollack of Culver City. 

The Wolverine's coach Erik Bakich is forming a recruiting pipeline to the West Coast, as California surpasses even countries like the Dominican Republic for major league baseball talent, according to Baseball Almanac.

Fifth-year head coach Bakich led U of M to a 42-17 record this season and an appearance in the NCAA Regionals.

Zimmerman was a four-year starter who won two CIF titles for Redondo Union. Beers and Pollack went to Manhattan Beach Middle School together, but went on to private schools Loyola and Notre Dame for high school.

Pollack's parents divorced before high school and he lived with his father in Manhattan Beach until he passed away. He then moved in with his mother for his freshman year and he played at Harvard-Westlake before transferring to Notre Dame.

All three players have played together or against each other since they were young.

“I’m really excited because I actually played with Danny since I was 9,” Pollack said. “We were on the same club team from 9 until 13. We went our separate ways when high school came around. We then came back together after our sophomore year and started playing on the same club team.”

That is when Michigan took notice.

“I committed in August (of 2015) and he committed probably a month or so after me. It was awesome because from that day we knew we were going to be roommates,” Pollack said.

Zimmerman made his decision the day after the famous Michigan-Michigan State football game where the Wolverines were leading in Jim Harbaugh’s first season as head coach. But on the last play of the game, the punter lost the ball and Michigan State ran it back for a touchdown and won the game. The next day Zimmerman made up his mind.

“I talked to the coach the next morning after he broke down everything,” Zimmerman said. “He apologized for the (football) game.”

Zimmerman watched the game from the first row at the 50-yard line and will never forgot the scene. But it did not change his mind regarding the baseball.

“I ended committing the next morning on the field with the head coach,” Zimmerman said.

“Just the whole experience so far has been unbelievable because, Blake, I went to middle school with him and I played on multiple teams with him,” Pollack said. “We’ve always been around each other for a very long time and so it’s really exciting that we’re going to spend the next three to four years at Michigan.”

All three are going against the grain. Most Southern California kids are looking to stay home in the nice weather.

“It was definitely a good fit and the weather I’m not too worried about,” said Zimmerman, who was a Louisville All-American his junior year.

He hit 11 home runs last year and 10 this year. He finished in the top three in California in that category and will pitch and play either first base or the outfield at Michigan.

Pollack, who played shortstop alongside the second pick in the draft (Green), will likely play shortstop, second base or centerfield for Michigan. He was a preseason Perfect Game All-American, two-year captain and three-year starter.

Beers is a standout power pitcher with three pitches who saw limited action this year due to an injury that he is rehabbing. He reached out to Michigan and they replied back. It didn’t take much for him to make his decision. He committed in January of 2016.

“I was looking for a good school academic-wise as well as athletic-wise and I think Michigan is the perfect package of that,” Beers said. “When I went out there I told my mom the night we were staying in the hotel and I was like, ‘I need to go to school here. This is where I belong,’ after just one night there.”

“It makes all the sense in the world for Michigan to recruit out of California,” said former UCLA Bruin and Los Angeles Dodger Eric Karros, whose son played at Mira Costa this year. “Along with Florida and Texas, the best amateur baseball is played in California.”

Karros has not seen all three local players in action, but has met Zimmerman.

“He has a ton of accolades coming out of high school, all well-deserved and earned,” Karros said. “I had an opportunity to watch him take batting practice in my batting cage a couple months ago, he was very impressive. I look forward to following his career.”

Beach Reporter Link

Erik Bakich Offered New 5-Year Deal to Stay

Erik Bakich Offered New 5-Year Deal to Stay

Submitted by Raoul on June 13th, 2017 at 9:21 PM

Latest on Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich, reportedly slated to interview at South Carolina and perhaps in the mix for the Stanford job: Warde Manuel has offered him a new five-year contract to keep him in Ann Arbor (terms undisclosed):

“I love Erik and want him to stay here, but people have to make choices they want to make,” Manuel said Tuesday. “I hope he stays. He’s done a terrific job at Michigan. We have been talking about him returning for a few months now. He has those terms and everything we put on the table. This was the last year of a five-year deal, and we offered him another five-year deal to stay. He’s doing a great job.”

Take this for what it's worth, but South Carolina fans have talked about being able to easily double Bakich's current salary. His base pay in 2016-17 (the final year of his original five-year contract) was $182,000.

The article linked above also notes that a new contract is being worked on for softball coach Carol Hutchins.

Baseball: Bakich to Interview at S. Carolina; Sean Kenny to UGA

Baseball: Bakich to Interview at S. Carolina; Sean Kenny to UGA

Submitted by Raoul on June 9th, 2017 at 8:46 PM

SEC Country is reporting that Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich is expected to interview for the open South Carolina job.

Bakich is familiar with the SEC, having served as an assistant at Vanderbilt from 2003-09 and also has experience in South Carolina from coaching at Clemson in 2002.

Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan is reportedly a strong candidate for the same job

Meanwhile, Bakich's pitching coach, Sean Kenny (an Ann Arbor native), is headed to Georgia to be their pitching coach. So even if Bakich stays at U-M he'll have a big hole to fill on his coaching staff.

OT – Pujols hits 600th home run

OT – Pujols hits 600th home run

Submitted by MGoGrendel on June 4th, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Last night, with two strikes, to outs, and bases loaded, Albert Pujols hit a hanging curveball over the left field fence for his 600th career home run.  He’s the ninth player to hit 600 home runs and the fourth youngest to do it.

Along with power, Albert hits for average.  He sits at 2,876 hits and a career batting average of .308.  If (when) he gets his 3,000th hit, he will be one of three players with 600 HR, 3,000 hits, and a career batting average above .300.

Plus, he appears to be a great guy off the field.  From Wikipedia: The Pujols Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to their "commitment to faith, family and others." The organization promotes awareness of Down syndrome and works to support those who have it and their families, aids the poor in the Dominican Republic, and supports people with disabilities and/or life-threatening illnesses.

I’ve been watching a lot of MLB Network recently as they have live look-ins on Pujols at bats.  I stayed up late to watch the game last night and happy that I did.  He will certainly be a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee. 


Michigan vs. North Carolina, 1 PM, ESPN3

Michigan vs. North Carolina, 1 PM, ESPN3

Submitted by StateStreetApostle on June 3rd, 2017 at 1:59 PM

Maybe after yesterday it's not surprising that there's not a thread yet, but so far the good guys are up 1-0 after 3.

Hendrickson shutting down the Tar Heels so far.  This just proves the time-honored axiom that you shouldn't save your ace for the second game.


What?  That was our...?  Ahem. Well.  Back to regularly scheduled NCAA action.