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WEST POINT, N.Y. – A tradition that began nearly a century ago will be rekindled for the first time since 1986 this spring when the Army baseball team hosts the New York Yankees in an exhibition game at Doubleday Field on Saturday, March 30, at 2 p.m.
Yankees legends such as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig played at West Point generations ago, and now current superstars like Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano will grace the historic playing surface at Doubleday Field. 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
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.
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon was honored by Lafayette with an Honorary Doctorate degree on Thursday night. Maddon dropped out of Lafayette 35 years ago and ended up working his way up to being the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. He was originally recruited as a football player but ended up being a two sport athlete as he starred on the baseball diamond at second base.
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.
The NCAA is currently looking into cracking down on the Advisers/Agents in the MLB Draft negotiations. The reason for this comes from the Andrew Oliver case where he was deemed ineligible because he had an advisor (agent) representing him out of high school during his negotiations. MLB is also not happy with the current situation with how drafted players are receiving outrageous money from some of the large market clubs.
Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com has put out his biggest surprises from the MLB signing deadline on Monday evening. His two biggest surprises that signed are Texas A&M two-way player Brooks Raley and Rice RHP Ryan Berry. Each of them fought through issues during the 2009 season with Raley tiring at the end of the season while Berry was injured during the season which dropped his stock. He also goes over some of the biggest surprises that came back to school with LSU’s Blake Dean and Arizona State’s Josh Spence.
Washington QB Jake Locker signed a contract today with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Locker was selected in the 10th round of the June Draft after being selected in the 40th round out of high school. He spent the summer of 2008 in the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League where he played for the Bellingham Bells. He finished the summer with a .273 average including two homers in only ten games.
Former ASU star Dustin Pedroia
I recently posted an article from the Wall Street Journal which looked at the best baseball schools in the country. (Click here if you missed it.) I didn’t recognize it when I posted the article but it fails to mention Arizona State which has been a perennial power in the CWS and also putting players in MLB. One of our readers sent me the following letter about Arizona State not being included. Continue reading