Former MLB All-Star Jeff Kent has been coaching at Southwestern University according to a post on Yahoo Sports. You can check out the full article by clicking here.
The Chicago White Sox put a quick end to their search for a new manager on Thursday, announcing the hiring of Robin Ventura to replace the sometimes polarizing Ozzie Guillen. Ventura, a former White Sox third baseman, will take over a team that went 79-83 in 2011.
Ventura has significant ties to college baseball. This past season, Ventura contributed analysis to ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, he served on the advisory board for the Capital One Cup, an ranking and reward system for all Division I sports programs. Ventura is also a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame, and earned both the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award during his Oklahoma State career. Continue reading
Former Boston College baseball and hockey standout Joe Morgan was featured in a recent Boston College magazine article by Dan Barry. Morgan played for the Eagle baseball and hockey programs graduating in 1953 from the school in Chestnut Hill. He decided to pursue a baseball career in which he made his MLB debut in 1959. Morgan ended up playing four years in the Majors with five different teams but never becoming an everyday player. Continue reading
Darren Dreifort who is known for his MLB career with the Dodgers is currently looking forward to making the trek to Lubbock TX for his induction to the College Baseball Hall of Fame on July 3rd. Dreifort played three seasons at Wichita State where he had his most success in 1993 when he received the Golden Spikes Award. He went 11-1 with a 2.48 ERA while also serving as a DH where he had a .327 average with 22 homers and 66 RBI. Continue reading
A couple of former MLB players were recently named new assistant coaches. Rusty Greer who made a name for himself with the Texas Rangers was recently added to the coaching staff of NAIA school Texas Wesleyan. He served as the manager of the Colleyville Lone Stars of the Texas Collegiate League in 2007 and this summer is coaching the Dallas Baseball Academy which is a 17 year old team. The full release is available here.
Britt Reames who pitched in the Major Leagues most recently in 2006 has been named the new pitching coach of Furman University. He is a 1996 graduate of The Citadel and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on November 1st. The full article is available here.
The USC Trojans baseball squad has put the finishing touches on Fall Workouts with a three game intrasquad scrimmage. The Gold squad defeated the Cardinal squad two games to one. Game 1 was won by the Cardinal team by a score of 5-2 with the Gold team winning the final two games by scores of 17-6 and 6-2. The star for the Gold team was Nick Buss who went 6-12 with four stolen bases. Buss was named the MVP of the historic Alaska Baseball League this summer. The Cardinal team struggled at the plate with NC State transfer Mike Roskopf leading them by going 3-12. The full recap of the scrimmages is available here.
Tom House has been announced as the new Assistant Coach at the University of Southern California under Chad Kreuter. House brings an outstanding resume to the Trojans bench as he played MLB from 1971-1978. After finishing his MLB career, House became an expert in pitching including being a pitching coach for the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, and Texas Rangers. This hiring should help out the Trojans pitching staff and help them make a return to the College World Series.
Team USA picked up a 5-1 victory over the Dominican Republic to open up pool play. Tyson Ross (Cal) started on the mound and kept the Dominican offense off balance with solid off-speed stuff and a good fastball. He lasted 6.2 innings while giving up four hits and one run while striking out seven batters. Logan Forsythe (Arkansas) went 3-4 with an RBI while Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) went 2-5 with an RBI to lead Team USA offense. The Dominican team consisted of former major league players in Jose Offerman, Raul Mondesi, Delvi Cruz, Enrique Wilson, and Luis Polonia.
Team USA will be back in action on Monday when they play Nicaragua and will play Brazil on Tuesday in the final game of group play.
The USC Trojans athletic department has posted a season preview on the USC Trojan baseball program. The Trojans enter a new era by naming former MLB player Chad Kreuter who is the son-in-law of former head coach Mike Gillespie. He spent the 2005 season as the Director of Baseball Operations for the USC Trojans before becoming the Manager in 2006 of the Modesto Nuts which is an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The full preview of the Trojans is available here.