Baseball walks off Iowa in B1G Tournament 10th inning victory

Baseball walks off Iowa in B1G Tournament 10th inning victory

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 23rd, 2018 at 5:16 PM

After a disapponting 5-8 finish to a B1G season that started out 10-0, Michigan has but one way to make the NCAA Tournament: win the B1G Tournament.

The 3 seed giants got off to a rocky start today, as a pitching change was needed just 1.1 innings in when Tommy Henry was struck by a comebacker and left the game (he still managed to get the out though).

Iowa took advantage and got on the board with an unearned run to go up 1-0.

But the freshman phenom Jesse Franklin took the game into his own hands. He jacked a solo home run in the bottom of the 4th into the right field seats at TD Ameritrade Park, to tie the game at 1-1.Something interesting to note: this park in Omaha is also the annual site of the College World Series and it is notorious for being difficult to hit home runs in. 

The game stayed at 1-1 and went all the way into extra innings.

After Iowa walked two consecutive Wolverine batters, Jonathan Engelmann got on with a base hit and Michigan had bases loaded with one out and Jesse Franklin up to bat.

He predictably ended it with a fly ball deep into RF that allowed Christian Bullock to come home and score, with the Wolverine dugout pouring onto the field celebrating the 2-1 Michigan win.

3 Michigan advances to the B1G Tournament Quarterfinals and will play 2 Purdue tomorrow at 6pm. Michigan closed the regular season at Purdue last weekend and was swept. We'll see if we can get the all-important tournament win. 

OT: Former Pioneer baseball coach Gerald Holley sentenced to 2 years in prison

OT: Former Pioneer baseball coach Gerald Holley sentenced to 2 years in prison

Submitted by likerice on May 17th, 2018 at 1:46 PM

Former Ann Arbor Pioneer baseball coach Gerald Holley was setenced to 2 years in prison after he was caught in a sting last year for seeking sex with a minor. Holley was the longtime coach at Pioneer where he won 2 state titles, including one with future UM and MLB pitcher Zach Putnam. Holley also taught at Huron and Pioneer over the years.…

Quite the fall from grace for Coach Holley. I knew him back in the day, but never foresaw anything like this. Anyway kudos to the Macomb County police for catching him.

OT: I miss JV

OT: I miss JV

Submitted by MGoCali on May 17th, 2018 at 12:10 AM

Ten starts into the season: 4-2, 1.06 ERA, 83 SO in 67 2/3 innings. His two loses were the last two starts in which he gave up a total of two earned runs and six hits. 

He just got out of a one out two on jam on a 97 mph fastball on the corner to get Trout to check-swing groundout in the bottom of the 8th to preserve the shutout. Nobody is up in the bullpen, so he is coming out to finish the game in a few minutes. He is at 99 pitches. 

He'll likely get to 200 wins this year. Here's to hoping he gets a victory lap contract back with the Tigers in a couple years and wins a world series with us and our bunch of youngsters.

Update: 5-2 1.05 ERA, 84 SO in 68 2/3 innings after a complete game-five hit-shutout against the Angels.

OT: MGoCrowdSource list of baseball books

OT: MGoCrowdSource list of baseball books

Submitted by LLG on May 13th, 2018 at 12:29 PM

A week ago, I asked for everyone's recommendations on baseball books.  I put together the list and categorized it for those interested.  I really appreciated all the suggestions. 

Top Recommendations

Ball Four: My Life and Hard Times Throwing the Knuckleball In the Big Leagues by Jim Bouton and Leonard Shecter

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball by George Will

The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It by Lawrence S Ritter

You Gotta Have Wa by Robert Whiting

Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball by John Feinstein

Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen

Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams by Robert Peterson

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Fiction)



Babe: The Legend Comes to Life by Robert W. Creamer

Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero by Leigh Montville

Hustle : The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose by Michael Sokolove

Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck  by Bill Veeck & Ed Linn

The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff

It's What You Learn After You Know It All That Counts : The Autobiography of Earl Weaver by Earl Weaver and Berry Stainback

Nice Guys Finish Last by Leo Durocher

Fear Strikes Out by Jim Piersall

The Truth Hurts by Jimmy Piersall

The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life by Rick Ankiel

Now Pitching, Bob Feller: A Baseball Memoir by Bob Feller

Yaz: Baseball, The Wall And Me by by Carl Yazstrzamski

Some of My Best Friends Are Crazy: Baseball's Favorite Lunatic Goes in Search of His Peers by Jay Johnstone

Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend by James S. Hirsch;



The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game by Edward Achorn (Author)

Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History by Cait N. Murphy and Robert W. Creamer

The Pitch That Killed: Carl Mays, Ray Chapman and the Pennant Race of 1920 by Mike Sowell

3 Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager by Buzz Bissinger

Summer of '49 by David Halberstam

The Kid from Tomkinsville (The Brooklyn Dodgers series) by John R. Tunis

October 1964 by David Halberstam

Is This a Great Game, or What?:  From A-Rod’s Heart to Zim’s Head--My 25 Years in Baseball by Tim Kurkjian

I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies Tim Kurkjian

The Machine by Joe Posnanski

Dollar Sign on the Muscle by Kevin Kerrane

Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s by Dan Epstein

The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse by Rich Cohen

The Chrysanthemum and the Bat by Robert Whiting

The Summer Game by Roger Angell

Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?: The Improbable Saga of the New York Mets’ First Year by Jimmy Breslin

The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams by Michael Tackett

Dynasty: The New York Yankees, 1949-1964 by Peter Golenbock

Baseball: An Illustrated History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants, and the Cast of Players, Pugs, and Politicos Who Reinvented the World Series in 1912 by Mike Vaccaro;



Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris (Author, Introduction)

Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella (the book that became Field of Dreams)

If I Never Get Back by Daryl Brock

The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship by David Halberstam

The Pitch That Killed: Carl Mays, Ray Chapman and the Pennant Race of 1920 by Mike Sowel

Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion by Roger Angell

Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series by Eliot Asinof (reconstructed the story)


Baseball Prospectus 2018

Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong by by Baseball Prospectus Jonah Keri

Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers from the Team at Baseball Prospectus  by The Baseball Prospectus and Steven Goldman

The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First First by Jonah Keri

The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball by Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, and Andrew Dolphin

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair by Michael Lewis



So You Think You're a Die-Hard Tiger Fan by Joe Falls

The Detroit Tigers: An Illustrated History by Joe Falls

Baseball Fever: Early Baseball in Michigan by Peter Morris


Youth Adult or Younger

"The Kid Who Only Hit Homers" by Matt Christopher

"Catcher with a Glass Arm" by Matt Christopher

Hang Tough, Paul Mather by Alfred Slote

Tony and Me by Alfred Slote

The Fox Steals Home by Matt Christopher

The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

Baseball beats MSU 10-2 in non-conference game for season series sweep

Baseball beats MSU 10-2 in non-conference game for season series sweep

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 9th, 2018 at 7:15 PM

Yes, I know the title looks strange. Michigan and MSU already met earlier this season back in March in a 3 game series.

But Erik Bakich and MSU coach Jake Boss Jr. have arranged a deal to play an extra game so both sides play two games against eachother at home.

2 of the 3 B1G games back in March were at Ray Fisher Stadium so today's non-conference game was at MSU.

Michigan swept the series back in March winning 12-3 at home, a 2-1 comeback win on the road and an 11-0 waxing in the series finale.

Today was not much different. 

Michigan got things started in the 3rd, with Harrison Salter getting the best of his brother Will Salter's team when he put Michigan up 1-0 on an RBI single.

MSU took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd on a 2 RBI single, but it was short lived.

Just an inning later in the 4th, Freshman star Jesse Franklin tied the game at 2-2 with an RBI single and then Jordan Nwogu gave Michigan the 3-2 lead on a sac fly.

After a 5th inning leadoff dinger by Harrison Salter made it 4-2, Michigan began to pour it on.

Christian Bullock reached on a walk, stole second and then was sent home on a double by Blake Nelson to make it 5-2, and then Harrison Salter struck AGAIN! An RBI single made it 6-2 Michigan after 6 innings.

In the 7th, freshman Jordan Nwogu smacked a ball deep but it misplayed by the MSU outfielder who dove for the ball and it went right past him, allowing Nwogu to go Little League style: an inside the park home run to put Michigan up 7-2.

Sac flys by both Jack Blomgren and Blake Nelson gave Michigan a 9-2 lead at the end of 7.

Michigan tacked on one more run and boy was it an impressive one....

Top of the 8th, and Jordan Nwogu blasts and I mean, BLASTS a ball over the scoreboard that apparently landed in MSU's softball stadium according to their BTN+ announcers. A 10-2 lead that the Wolverines held.

Michigan beats MSU, 10-2. The Wolverines sweep the Spartans in the season series. All 4 games. Michigan has now beaten MSU 6 straight times and leads the all-time series 204-110-1.

Michigan is now 31-14. With non-conference play wrapped up, Michigan will play their final home series of the season against Illinois.

It's a huge series for the B1G standings as Illinois is one of the better teams in the league. Michigan currently sits in a first place tie with Minnesota atop the standings.

The Michigan-Illinois series begins on Friday at 6pm.

OT - A brief guide to the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction weekend

OT - A brief guide to the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction weekend

Submitted by Leatherstocking Blue on May 7th, 2018 at 9:40 AM

Most on the board know that Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted this summer on July 29. A few of you may be planning a trip to make the 8 hour (from Detroit) drive to Cooperstown so I thought I’d drop a little local knowledge to maximize your time on the weekend.

Make plans early; accommodations are tight for the weekend and the resort hotel, The Otesaga, is just for hall of famers that weekend, and the Dreams Park is a baseball tournament with over 100 teams competing each week and they scoop up much of the local hotel rooms. Try Oneonta, about 25 miles south of Cooperstown for hotels or plan your MGoCampout at one of the many campgrounds in the area. Glimmerglass State Park is at the north end of the lake and has a lot of sites, but there are many private campgrounds, too.

Rather than buy an individual ticket to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, consider an annual membership, which will be cheaper than a single day admission if you are family of 4. It also gets you some induction day perks and unlimited entry to museum for a year – time it right and your pass may still be good when Lou Whittaker is inducted next year. Info is at

Parking is a bitch. There are trolley parking lots at the north, west and south entrances to the village. Parking there is free and for a few bucks, you can ride the trolley into town all day. Or pay $40 to park on somebody’s lawn.

Saturday is a golf tournament for the hall of famers and some of the greens are close to the road where fans line up to watch the legends play. The popular spot is across from the Farmers Museum and next to the Fenimore Art Museum. It is about a quarter mile walk from town or just south of the trolley lot at the north entrance to town.

The one don’t miss event is the hall of fame parade Saturday evening. There will be more than 50 hall of famers in town and at 6 pm they parade through town in the back of F-150 pickups (seriously) and they are close enough and slow enough that you can interact with them. Even a casual baseball fan will be blown away by being so close to so many legends.