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Tuesday - September 27, 2005

Alumni News: J.P. Howell

J.P. Howell pitched a no-hitter for the Royals last night. For five innings, at any rate! He struck out seven and walked three. He also loaded the bases at one point on two walks and a hit batsman. Yikes! Anyway, that's two wins in a row for J.P.

Some links:

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Monday - September 26, 2005

Alumni News: Halsey

The Arizona chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America named Brad Halsey as the Rookie of the Year for the Diamondbacks. Congratulations, Brad!

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Friday - September 23, 2005

Alumni News: Huston Street...AL Rookie of the Year?

There's plenty of buzz afoot about Huston Street being front runner in the AL Rookie fo the Year race. Here are a couple of nice articles 'bout that very topic:

Posted by Joanna at 11:55 PM | Permalink

Monday - September 19, 2005

Alumni News: Hollimon

Michael Hollimon's Oneonta Tigers stumbled in the New York-Penn League playoffs...going out in two games. But, the article about the end of the season had some nice things to say about Michael:

One constant bright spot for the Tigers this season was Michael Hollimon, one of four players from Oneonta to make the inaugural NY-Penn All-Star team. Second baseman Will Rhymes, third baseman Cory Middleton and outfielder Justin Justice also were selected.

Shortstop Hollimon, a 16th-round draft pick out of Oral Roberts, set or tied three Oneonta franchise records and finished in the top three in four NY-Penn statistical categories.

Hollimon led the league with 66 runs — breaking Oneonta’s record of 65 set by Terry Whitfield in 1972 — and 10 triples. He also finished second in the NY-Penn in home runs, hitting 13 to tie an Oneonta record shared by Ruben Rivera (1993) and Darren Mandel (1984).

Additionally, Hollimon had the third-most RBIs in the league (53) and set a team record with 143 total bases, beating the old mark of 140 set in 1978 by Brian Dayett.

"I see him moving to (full-season Single-A) West Michigan next season for sure," Brookens said of free-swinging Hollimon, who had a team-worst 76 strikeouts. "Certainly Holli had proved himself at this level. He was certainly a bright spot and has major league potential.

"He needs to cut down on strikeouts," he continued. "When he first came, he came with the reputation of making errors. We worked on them and he ironed out quickly. He’s a gamer. You can put him out there and you don’t worry."

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Saturday - September 17, 2005

First Pitch

Augie Garrido threw out the ceremonial first pitch at yesterday's Texas Rangers game. Taylor Teagarden was also there and he caught that first pitch! Cool. He also took early batting practice with the team. Taylor (who joined the Spokane Indians late and only played in 31 games this season) ended up hitting .281 with seven home runs for the Northwest League champs. His final stats (for games played from August 2nd through September 7th):

   31 96 23 27  5  4  7  16 61 23 32  1  1 .426 .635 .281

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Friday - September 16, 2005

Kyle McCulloch Recognized for Team USA Play

From texassports.com: McCulloch earns first-team Summer All-America honors from Baseball America. Kyle had a great summer with the USA Baseball National team. 'Makes you look forward to the spring, doesn't it? Here's the complete list of Summer All-Americans from Baseball America.

By the way, I don't usually post about what's going on around the rest of the Big 12 but thought I'd point out that the Sooners and Aggies appointed new head coaches over the summer. Actually, the Aggies ended up reaplacing the entire coaching crew. The specifics:

Also, from the Baseball America site: an article about the Tulane and New Orleans baseball programs. I'd been wondering how they were going to handle things in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. News about the other sports teams is also available from Baseball America.

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Thursday - September 15, 2005

Alumni News: Halsey

I read about this a few days ago but forgot to note here that Brad Halsey has lost his job in the Diamondback's starting rotation. He's been moved to the bullpen and he probably won't pitch again this year. It's not all bad news, though: it seems that chances are good that he'll have another shot at being a starter next year.

UPDATE: You gotta love it. I posted the note above this afternoon and then Brad threw a couple of innings from the bullpen this evening.

Posted by Joanna at 4:08 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - September 13, 2005

Alumni News: The reviews are good for Quintanilla

It looks like the Rockies liked what they saw last month while Omar Quintanilla filled in for the injured Clint Barmes at short stop. And, it sounds like he's got a good shot at being on the opening day roster next year. Way to go, Omar!

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Thursday - September 8, 2005

News: Swindell and Garrido

Noted in a story in The Arizona Republic:

[Arizona State coach Pat] Murphy said he is continuing to talk to potential pitching coach candidates, including former major leaguers Floyd Bannister, Greg Swindell and Mike Fetters. He would like to have that spot filled by next month.

Hmmmm...good for him. But, bad for us? Thanks to Jan for the pointer to the article.

I suspect just about anyone who reads this page checks out the official Texas page on a fairly regular basis. For some odd reason, I don't remember to check it out very often so had missed several stories and just noticed them today. So, here you go...a couple of links (in case, like me, you'd also forgotten to look at the page in the last few weeks):

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Wednesday - September 7, 2005

Huston's Latest espn.com Column

The latest Huston Street column at espn.com is online: This is what it's all about.

It was actually online last week but I didn't notice it. Sorry 'bout that.

Posted by Joanna at 10:31 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - September 6, 2005

Alumni News: Cox and Ontiveros

Buried down in this story from scout.com, you'll find the following quote:

RHP, J. Brent Cox, Tampa - It didn't take long for the College World Series hero to find his groove in the professional ranks. Making 9 relief appearances for the Tampa Yankees in August, Cox posted a scintillating 1.06 ERA, striking out 14 batters in 17 innings pitched and holding Florida State League batters to a .186 batting average.

Good for J. Brent!

And, in a very surprising turn of events, we learn that Jeff Ontiveros was pressed into service as a pitcher (yes, you read that right...a pitcher) during a recent Blue Rocks game. From the box, here's Jeff's line:

               IP  H  R ER BB SO HR   ERA
  Ontiveros   1.1  2  1  1  0  0  1  6.75

Heh. The final score of the game? 7-16. You can probably guess that Jeff's Blue Rocks were on the losing end of that score. Jeff pitched the final 1.1 innings for the Blue Rocks. Pretty amazing that he gave up only 1 of those 16 runs, eh? Wow. Quoting Aaron McFarling of The Roanoke Times:

The Blue Rocks aren't exactly the '27 Yankees. Need proof? Well, they were laughing on the mound during a blowout. Down by 13 runs to Salem in the first game Thursday, the Blue Rocks had brought Jeff Ontiveros, their burly DH, in to pitch. So there were their infielders, gathered around the rubber, covering their faces with their gloves, chuckling away their pain.

Their "burly" DH. Tee hee. Too funny. 'Wish I coulda seen it.

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