ESPN.com is reporting that MLB is set to suspend 20 players including former Miami (FL) third baseman Ryan Braun and the namesake of the Hurricanes stadium in Alex Rodriguez for their connection to the Biogenesis of America clinic. Former Miami pitcher Cesar Carillo has already been hit with a suspension of 100 games in the minors in March but denied being connected to the clinic.
So you ask what does this have to do with College Baseball?
Former University of Miami Strength and Conditioning coach Jimmy Goins spent the last nine years with the team before being let go when the story broke this fall. Continue reading
Steve Buckley of The Boston Herald profiled former Stanford Cardinal Jed Lowrie who recently completed his degree. Lowrie decided to sign with the Red Sox after his junior season at Stanford in 2005. He spent part of a couple of offseasons working on his degree but ended up getting too involved in baseball complete the requirements. This past offseason, he ended up taking some classes and completing his degree. Continue reading
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Seven year Major League Baseball veteran and 2000 All-America outfielder Gabe Gross and four-year letter winner and 2011 team captain Wes Gilmer will be undergraduate assistant coaches for the 2012 Auburn baseball season, Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski has announced. Gross will work primarily with the Auburn outfielders while Gilmer will work with the infielders and catchers. Continue reading
Major League Baseball held the Rule 5 Draft yesterday during the Winter Meetings. If a player is selected in the Rule 5 draft, they need to be placed on a MLB roster for the next season and if they are put in the minor leagues, they will go back to the previous squad. The system was put into place to eliminate the ability for squads to stockpile young players in their system when other squads would have that player in the major leagues. Continue reading
Jose Bautista single handily won my fantasy roto league. I never would have known who he was if Pablo Sandoval weren’t underachieving so badly, but in May I became all too familiar with the Homerun Champ.
Bautista is using his elevated celebrity in a great way by recruiting Dominican players to come play college baseball in the states. Bautista who was recruited out of the Dominican Republic by his high school coach to play at Chipola in 2000, and ended up being drafted by the Pirates in the 20th round that June. Bautista was recruited due to the fact that he not only excelled on the field but in the classroom, and the new program he is setting up hopes to target the same type of student athletes not only from the Dominican Republic, but it also has hopes of expanding to other countries. He is currently working with the NCAA to place players with schools. Continue reading
Former Michigan outfielder Casey Close has transitioned into the agent business representing high profile shortstop Derek Jeter. Close was an outstanding player for the Wolverines hitting .440 with 19 home runs and 72 RBI during his senior campaign in 1986. He was named a first team All-American and Baseball America’s Player of the Year. He ended up being drafted in the seventh round by the New York Yankees as he spent five seasons bouncing around the minors spending parts of three seasons in AAA. Continue reading
The 2010 MLB World Series starts up on Wednesday with the San Francisco Giants hosting the Texas Rangers. Cliff Lee (Arkansas) will take the ball for the Rangers while the Giants will send Tim Lincecum (Washington) to the hill. The best conference this season with getting players into the World Series is the SEC as they have six alums of universities. The University of Miami, UC-Santa Barbara, and LSU are the leaders in alums participating with two each. Miami has Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell while UC-Santa Barbara has Barry Zito and Michael Young. The LSU Tigers have both Mike Fontenot and Brian Wilson participating in the fall classic. The full list is below.
Long Beach State alums have always had a ton of success at the MLB level and it has continued during the 2010 MLB season where 17 players saw action in at least one game. The 17 players was the highest for any college program this past season from superstars like Evan Longoria to Bobby Cramer.
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LOS ANGELES – Former USC baseball and major league infielder Gabe Alvarez has been named assistant coach, interim head coach Frank Cruz announced today. Cruz filled out his full-time staff by selecting Alvarez, a three-time All-American at USC.
The start of spring training games gives us a chance to check in on some Former College Players and how they are adjusting to pro baseball. Today, we check in on some American League stars and will be checking in on the National League in the coming days.
OF – Colin Curtis, NYY (Arizona State, 4th Round, 2006)
Curtis started off Spring Training strong with a walk-off 3-run homerun against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first game of Spring Training, and has a chance to make the Opening Day roster. His chances depend on the what the Yankees see in Jamie Hoffman, who is currently hitting .125 with only one extra basehit in 16 AB’s. Bleacher Report has a good analysis on Colin’s chances of making the 25-man roster.