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  1. And now the guys playing minor league ball: TRIPLE A Peter Mooney - Albuquerque Isotopes (Triple A, Colorado Rockies) In 58 games, has a batting average of .231, with 40 hits, 3 home runs, and 17 RBI Max Schrock - Memphis Redbirds (Triple A, St. Louis Cardinals) In 44 games, has a batting average of .237 with 32 hits, 0 home runs, and 14 RBI (currently on the IL) Taylor Widener - Reno Aces (Triple A, Arizona Diamondbacks) In 15 starts, has pitched 67.0 innings with an ERA of 8.87 DOUBLE A Wil Crowe - Harrisburg Senators (Double A, Washington Nationals) In 13 starts, has pitched 75.1 innings with an ERA of 3.82 Tyler Johnson - Birmingham Barons (Double A, Chicago White Sox) Has not made any appearances this season, currently on a rehab assignment with the Arizona League White Sox John Parke - Birmingham Barons (Double A, Chicago White Sox) In 12 starts, has pitched 69.0 innings with an ERA of 3.65 Dom Thompson-Williams - Arkansas Travelers (Double A, Seattle Mariners) In 61 games, has a batting average of .238, with 54 hits, 7 home runs, and 25 RBI Jack Wynkoop - Hartford Yard Goats (Double A, Colorado Rockies) In 14 starts, has pitched 86.0 innings with an ERA of 3.03 THE REST Jonah Bride - Stockton Ports (Single A Advanced, Oakland Athletics) In 52 games, has a batting average of .222, with 36 hits, 5 home runs, and 24 RBI Carlos Cortes - St. Lucie Mets (Single A Advanced, New York Mets) In 67 games, has a batting average of .255, with 60 hits, 7 home runs, and 40 RBI Eddy Demurias - Dayton Dragons (Single A, Cincinnati Reds) In 21 appearances, has pitched 40.0 innings with an ERA of 5.85 Alex Destino - Kannapolis Intimidators (Single A, Chicago White Sox) In 53 games, has a batting average of .266, with 49 hits, 5 home runs, and 27 RBI Adam Hill - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Single A, Milwaukee Brewers) In 12 starts and 13 appearances total, has pitched 65.2 innings with an ERA of 4.11 Cody Morris - Lynchburg Hillcats (Single A Advanced, Cleveland Indians) In 9 starts and 10 appearances total, has pitched 45.0 innings with an ERA of 3.20 Josh Reagan - Vermont Lake Monsters (Single A Short Season, Oakland A’s) In 2 appearances, has pitched 5. innings with an ERA of 0.00 Clarke Schmidt - Tampa Tarpons (Single A Advanced, New York Yankees) In 7 starts, has pitched 33.2 innings with an ERA of 3.48 (currently on the IL) Madison Stokes - Clearwater Threshers (Single A Advanced, Philadelphia Phillies) In 60 games, has a batting average of .254 with 61 hits, 8 home runs, and 26 RBI LT Tolbert - Visalia Rawhide (Single A Advanced, Arizona Diamondbacks) In 47 games, has a batting average of .349, with 58 hits, 3 home runs, and 33 RBI Braden Webb - Carolina Mudcats (Single A Advanced, Milwaukee Brewers) In 13 starts and 14 appearances total, has pitched 51.2 innings with an ERA of 5.05
  2. Here’s this week’s update on how former South Carolina baseball players are doing in the major leagues this year. Jackie Bradley Jr. - Boston Red Sox In 68 games, has a batting average of .210, with 48 hits, 7 home runs, and 24 RBI Sam Dyson - San Francisco Giants In 32 appearances, has pitched 34.0 innings with an ERA of 2.91 Grayson Greiner - Detroit Tigers In 43 games, has a batting average of .162, with 25 hits, 5 home runs, and 14 RBI Whit Merrifield - Kansas City Royals In 76 games, has a batting average of .300, with 95 hits, 10 home runs, and 39 RBI Jordan Montgomery - New York Yankees Currently on the IL after having Tommy John surgery last season, has not made any appearances this season Steve Pearce - Boston Red Sox In 29 games, has a batting average of .180, with 16 hits, 1 home run, and 9 RBI (currently on the IL) Justin Smoak - Toronto Blue Jays In 62 games, has a batting average of .258 with 48 hits, 12 home runs, and 34 RBI (currently on the IL) Christian Walker - Arizona Diamondbacks In 73 games, has a batting average of .248, with 67 hits, 13 home runs, and 29 RBI Tyler Webb - St. Louis Cardinals In 29 appearances, has pitched 24.1 innings with an ERA of 4.44
  3. The Suns owner filled his GM’s office with goats -- they pooped Welp. On Monday, ESPN published an in-depth look into how the Phoenix Suns became one of the biggest disasters in the NBA. It’s worth your time to read how things got so dysfunctional, but for now let’s talk about goat poop. Yeah, like goats ... pooping. Goat poop. Four years after naming McDonough general manager, Sarver acquired some live goats from a Diana Taurasi event at Talking Stick Resort Arena and planted them upstairs in McDonough’s office. The stunt was both a practical joke and an inspirational message — the Suns should find a GOAT of their own, one who dominates like Taurasi. The goats, unaware of their metaphorical connotation, proceeded to defecate all over McDonough’s office. In 2017, the Mercury celebrated Diana Taurasi with actual goats, in beautiful moment. The Suns, not to be upstaged, thought they should get some goats too. One problem: They forgot that goats have a tendency to need to poop. WHO KNEW! So owner Robert Sarver buys goats, puts them in his GM’s office, and waits until he finds them. Only to discover his office was covered in feces. And so, I hate to pile on to the downtrodden Suns franchise, who are already dealing with pooping goats in their front office. But this is a thing that happened: Phoenix traded No. 6 (Jarrett Culver) for No. 11 (Cameron Johnson) and Dario Saric. That really happened. Johnson's a good player, but that was a reach that shocked most everyone. Getting No. 24 from the Celtics (which turned out to be Ty Jerome) along with a 2020 first-rounder was the only W in a night full of L's. What a time to be alive. Go Suns.
  4. Well.....at least we offered..... https://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/phil-kornblut/article93897107.html https://www.theitem.com/stories/crestwood-point-guard-morant-receives-first-power-5-conference-offer-from-usc,273540 Morant committed on September 2, 2016, and this would have been before the year when we had the Final Four run, by the way. Had he seen this run and was able to wait until a later signing period, he might has signed with us and we would have been able to sustain program momentum. As it is, he enrolled at Murray State in June 2017, and the rest is history, as we have just seen. Point is.....we were SO CLOSE.
  5. Myles Tate, done playing for the night, was casually walking the hallways of Richland Northeast High School when he was stopped to answer a direct question. “Hey, Myles,” asked his Dorman teammate, “can you dunk like Ja? We’re comparing him to you right now.” The slight 6-foot, 170-pound point guard didn’t break stride. “Yeah! Definitely!” Tate eventually cracked and flashed a smile that all but admitted he’s a few squats shy of being able to rock a rim like the second pick of this year’s NBA Draft. Less than 24 hours after South Carolina basketball was represented on a national stage like never before, some 30 college colleges covered the baselines at RNE. USC’s Frank Martin and Clemson’s Brad Brownell made the short trip. Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner, Virginia’s Tech Mike Young and Cincinnati’s John Brannen came a little farther for an NCAA-certified recruiting event. No, they didn’t spot Tate throwing down tomahawk slams like Ja Morant. Nor did they see P.J. Hall punishing opponents like Zion Williamson. But notable boots were on the grounds of where Thursday’s top selections came from. Dalzell’s Morant and Spartanburg’s Williamson are helping prospects like Tate and Hall, the state’s best in the 2020 recruiting class. “Eyes are definitely on this state,” said Hall, Tate’s 6-9 Dorman teammate. “And they built that. They built the foundation for that and we’re just working to keep building that up.” Of the 16 teams participating Friday night at RNE, 5A state champion Dorman was the main attraction for college coaches. Hall, ranked 63rd nationally by 247Sports Composite, has over 20 scholarship offers, including USC. Tate, No. 103, is also being pursued by ACC and SEC programs. The duo is plenty gifted on its own. But timing can be everything, and Hall and Tate just happen to come through the Palmetto State as Williamson and Morant are going 1-2 in the draft, Charleston’s Khris Middleton is an NBA All-Star and Charleston’s Josiah James is a McDonald’s All-American. “It’s great,” Tate said. “It’s just a testament to all their hard work and dedication. And it just shows how much talent South Carolina has in basketball.” During its draft coverage, ESPN posted a graphic that highlighted South Carolina’s best basketball products over the years — Morant, Williamson, Middleton, Columbia’s Alex English, Anderson’s Larry Nance and Mauldin’s Kevin Garnett. It failed to include Hillcrest grad Ray Allen, AC Flora’s Xavier McDaniel, Eau Claire’s Jermaine O’Neal or Lower Richland’s Stanley Roberts. Martin, new to this area when hired by the Gamecocks in 2012, is optimistic Morant and Williamson can spread the sport further than past big names. “This has happened before,” said Martin, who recruited both Morant and Williamson before they signed with Murray State and Duke. “Kevin Garnett was a pretty high draft pick (No. 5 in 1995), Stanley Roberts was a pretty high draft pick (No. 23 in 1991), Ray Allen was a pretty high draft pick (No. 5 in 1996). I can’t speak for those guys because I wasn’t around here, but I wish those guys would have had a bigger impact in basketball and just for people in this state. And I’m not trying to say anything negative, I’m just saying it’s happened before. “Now, the unique thing about this year is those two kids are going 1 and 2. I know their families, I know everybody there. They’re great human beings. When you couple that with their physical talent as basketball players and the fact that anyone can interview them from any country in this world and the first thing that comes out of those kids’ mouths is how much they love South Carolina ... I hope it’s something real powerful not just for basketball, but for this state.” Aside from facing his Spartanburg Day team during the 2017-18 season, Hall said he hasn’t had much interaction with Williamson. But he still felt a special connection when the former South Carolina Mr. Basketball winner went No. 1 overall to the New Orleans Pelicans. “Zion went up there and started to shed tears,” Hall said of Williamson’s emotional post-pick interview. “He did all of this for his mom and his little brother. He and Ja, they’re such great people.” Tate, who as a sophomore scored 34 points in Dorman’s win over Spartanburg Day, relates to Morant the most. “Ja being overlooked, it’s kind of like my path,” Tate said of the new addition to the Memphis Grizzlies. “Me and him come from the same state playing point guard, growing up, just doing what he can do, just showing people everything he can do.” The immediate future for Hall and Tate involves a college decision and a run at a fourth straight state title. The long view is imitating Morant and Williamson. “They’d love nothing more than to be the next ones,” said Dorman coach Thomas Ryan.
  6. OMAHA, Neb. -- Gerald Ford's birthplace doesn't usually draw a lot of foot traffic. Most people don't even know the place exists, save for Omaha natives who were marched there on elementary school field trips. Besides, Ford lived there only a couple of weeks. He was born in his grandparents' basement, then moved to Michigan with his family. But there it sits, only a few miles south of TD Ameritrade Park, a stately brick building that is opened to visitors by appointment only but with a white column-lined garden that is open 24 hours a day. Normally, the bronze bust of the 38th president of the United States spends its days watching intermittent joggers and dog walkers. But on this rainy Sunday afternoon, barely 24 hours from the start of the College World Series finals, that bust was surrounded by a family of seven, dressed in blue and posing for selfies with President Ford's face and the nearby photo of No. 48, the All-American center about to snap the football for the 1933 Michigan Wolverines football team. "I can't believe this is here in Omaha, Nebraska," said Detroit resident Teresa McDonnell, her Block M rain jacket rustling as she rubbed Ford's head for good luck. "Hell," her husband, Tim, replied, "I can't believe we are in Omaha, Nebraska." Every year, the eight-team College World Series field contains at least one feel-good, didn't-see-them-coming underdog story. From Hawaii and The Citadel to Pepperdine and Creighton to Fresno State and Coastal Carolina. This year's edition is Michigan. Yes, the school in Ann Arbor with the Big House and the Fab Five and the "Hail to the Victors" and the $196.3 million in projected athletic revenue, a true anchor school of a Power 5 conference. So, the Wolverines as a Cinderella? Yes, it feels weird. But it's also a fact. Before this month, Michigan baseball had only one previous NCAA super regional appearance, an 0-2 exit a dozen years ago. Before two weeks ago, Michigan hadn't made it to Omaha since 1984, when Hall of Famer Barry Larkin was in the infield. Before this week, the Wolverines hadn't made it to the College World Series finals since 1962. They won the title that year, their second. Four years later, archrival Ohio State won it all. Since then, until this week no Big Ten team had even played for a national baseball championship, let alone won it. When Indiana made the CWS field in 2013, it was the first Big Ten team to be among the final eight standing since Michigan '84, and Michigan '19 is the first Big Ten team to be here since. The Wolverines barely squeaked into this year's 64-team postseason field, the equivalent of a double-digit seed in the NCAA basketball tournament. They started the tournament with 200-1 odds at Caesars Sportsbook to win it all. When they arrived in Omaha a week and a half ago, the newspapers, websites and TV stations that cover them back home didn't bother to send any of their Michigan beat writers and reporters because the assumption was that the team wouldn't be in Omaha long enough to justify the cost of the coverage. Those media members started frantically blowing into Nebraska over the weekend, as did former Michigan players and program supporters -- including the McDonnell family of Detroit -- eager to climb aboard the most unexpected of College World Series bandwagons. So yeah, the Michigan Wolverines, wearers of the glass slipper with cleats, aren't offended by that portrayal at all. Hey, if the shoe fits ... "We certainly don't look at ourselves as some sort of Cinderella story," said head coach Erik Bakich, who's in his seventh season. "These guys believe they should be here. I think if you've really watched them over the last month, you've seen that attitude develop. They just want to play ball, and they want to do it together as long as they can. Every win is one more day that they get to stay together. That's the goal they're focused on, not where we are or who we're playing or what people think of our chances. Because of that, they aren't intimidated by Omaha or anywhere else." That's been clear from the first pitch of their postseason run, which began in Omaha one month ago with five games in the Big Ten tournament; moved on to the NCAA Corvallis Regional, home of defending national champion Oregon State; the Los Angeles Super Regional, hosted by longtime No. 1-ranked UCLA; and then back to Omaha for the CWS, where Michigan has ended the career of Florida State's legendary coach Mike Martin and defeated No. 8 national seed Texas Tech. That's 12,000 miles of travel. Monday's game (7 p.m. ET on ESPN) marks the Wolverines' 16th in 34 days, against Vanderbilt, the No. 2 national seed and an Omaha regular. It's been a wild summer run of impossible odds against storied opponents on hallowed grounds, all while stuck in an M.C. Escher-ish world of endless hotel rooms and buses. And they have totally dug it all. "When you make the decision to play baseball at a midwestern or northern school, you had better be ready to do spend some time away from home, so this hasn't really been a big deal for us," Michigan senior first baseman Jimmy Kerr said. "We started the season with 13 games in Florida, California and South Carolina, and then when we finally had a homestand in mid-March, it was all messed up because of weather. So, yeah, that's a lot of time on the road. A group is either going to come together during that, or they are going to want to kill each other. We came together, especially over the last month. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. That's why I came here even though I grew up in Scottsdale." Yes, Arizona, one of the longtime cornerstone states of producing College World Series participant teams, along with California, Texas, Florida and others located throughout the southeastern Sun Belt. But Kerr's childhood goal was always to don the maize and blue, because he's a Wolverines legacy kid. That previous Michigan team to make it to Omaha back in '84? Kerr's father, Derek, was a backup catcher on that roster with Larkin and Chris Sabo. That last Michigan team to win the College World Series title back in '62? Kerr's grandfather John was the iron-armed pitcher who powered that team to Rosenblatt Stadium by winning back-to-back games in the regionals, throwing more than 300 pitches. Jimmy Kerr walked on at Michigan four years ago, welcomed by Bakich largely because of the history that came with the name on the back of the kid's jersey. For three years, he was like his father, also a walk-on, and was a solid backup role player. Now he has become the kind of hero his grandfather was in '62, slugging 14 home runs this season, including two in Friday's 15-3 semifinal rout of Texas Tech. Now he is the embodiment of what this Michigan team, season and story have become. "If I am being honest, when I decided to go to Michigan, the goal was to win a Big Ten championship and that was it," Kerr confessed. "But once I got there and saw the guys and I saw how committed Coach Bakich was and the way we worked every day, I realized that there was no reason why we couldn't go beyond that. We knew we could do it, no matter where we are located or how cold it is. It was time to get rid of the excuses everyone has always had for not getting to Omaha." Kerr sounds like Bakich, who has spent this entire postseason run repeating that same mantra about not allowing the so-called "cold-weather curse" to become an excuse to always climb into the back seat of a sport driven by Southern schools, specifically the SEC, the conference home of Michigan's national championship foe, Vanderbilt. The SEC has made 103 College World Series appearances, including half of this year's field. The Big Ten has made 29. When Vandy takes the field Monday night, it will be the 11th time in 12 seasons the conference has had at least one of the two teams in the finals. But this is a new age of college baseball, as evidenced by this year's four semifinalists. Michigan was joined by Louisville, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt, who have 13 CWS appearances among them, but all but one of those berths were earned over the past eight years. All three of those programs toiled in irrelevancy for decades. Now they are the teams who have dominated the past decade, and unseated a roster of longtime college baseball powerhouses to do it. That gives hope to programs like Michigan. The team that the would-be resurrected point to as their inspiration is Vanderbilt and what the Commodores have accomplished over the past eight seasons, with four CWS appearances, one title and one runner-up finish. The man who has pulled off that Lazarus trick is head coach Tim Corbin. "What Tim has done at Vanderbilt has become the model for all of us who were challenged with creating a winning baseball program at places that might have struggled for a while," Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock said moments after being eliminated by Michigan. "I don't want Tim to take this the wrong way, and I know he wouldn't, but if they could start winning at Vanderbilt, and not just win but become a national championship favorite every season, then that meant there was hope for all of us out here to do the same. You just have to know how to do it." Bakich believes he knows the way because he learned at the direct right hand of the master, working as an assistant to the man who conjured up that magic, He grinned nonstop as he listened to that man talk about him as he once again stood to his right. This time it was as the two head coaches chatted during Sunday afternoon's final team workouts before Monday's finals. "Erik Bakich is my friend and my confidant, and he has been since we were assistants together at Clemson in 2002 and with me for seven amazing years at Vanderbilt," Corbin said. "He was a believer that we could win here and a believer that they could win at Michigan. You can either let the excuses about money and facilities and cold weather give you an out from becoming great, or use it as fuel to become great. Now here we both sit. That makes me very happy. And I think that should make everyone become believers." "There are a lot of new schools who committed to college baseball, no matter where they play or what their history is or what their conference's history is," Bakich added. "I hope they can look at these two teams this week and think, 'OK, we can do this, too.'" The 41-year bows his neck, tightens his jaw and nods. "I like being the surprise team. But just this once. Now we go to work to make sure when we get back to Omaha, it doesn't surprise anyone."
  7. Gordon Beckham was 15 of 17....wow! And his son plays second base for the Detroit Tigers now (after playing for a national championship in baseball at Georgia)
  8. U.S. shakes off another slow start in dominant win over Trinidad and Tobago After a meandering first 45 minutes, the United States made it two wins in two games in the Gold Cup group stage, defeating Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 on Saturday night in Cleveland. It had been 620 days since the U.S. was denied a place at the 2018 World Cup by the Caribbean nation, when the Americans were defeated 2-1 on the final day of qualifying for the competition. U.S. players this week played down the notion that they'd be seeking revenge for that loss, but their victory was physical throughout and occasionally tempers flared. "Every time we step on the field we want to make a statement," said U.S. forward Gyasi Zardes, who scored twice and barely missed a third. "We're trying to change the way the world views American soccer." Zack Steffen was the first goalkeeper to be seriously tested, when he was forced to punch away a rasping drive from Trinidad's Khaleem Hyland nine minutes into the contest. But it was Hyland who came off the worst, pulling up lame after his shot, and he was unable to continue, subbed off for Kevin Molino barely 15 minutes into the game. The two sides exchanged chances throughout the first 40 minutes, though neither truly had an edge before Aaron Long broke the deadlock with four minutes to go in the first half. He got his head on the end of a whipped cross from Christian Pulisic, sneaking his effort underneath goalkeeper Marvin Phillip in his first of two goals on the night. And much like the group-stage win over Guyana on Tuesday, Gregg Berhalter's men struggled to dictate the terms of the contest in the first half, only to gain momentum after the interval. Twenty-one minutes into the second half, Zardes scored his second goal of the Gold Cup, when Nick Lima's header across the box fell to the Columbus Crew forward to tap in. He added his second of the night three minutes later, shaping a shot past the outstretched arms of Phillip and into the top corner. Barely three minutes later, he was denied his hat trick twice in quick succession, first striking the woodwork and then having a header kept out by a point-blank save from Phillip. Pulisic made it 4-0 on 73 minutes, directing the ball into the far corner after substitute Jordan Morris picked him out in acres of space inside the area. Morris added another assist five minutes later, sending a ball across the 6-yard box that Paul Arriola tapped in to make it a 5-0 lead. Long wrapped up the scoring in the 90th minute, beating Phillip to a loose ball in the box and chesting it into a gaping net. "For us, we advance to the next round," Berhalter said. "That's important. Our focus was to prepare for this game knowing that if we'd be able to go to the next round. That was the focus of the group. Trinidad was in our way."
  9. I love men's international soccer, and thought I'd start a thread about it. Women's soccer I couldn't care less about, to be honest. There's two "lesser" tournaments going on in succession right now, the Gold Cup (or Copa Oro) that involves countries in CONCACAF (mainly North America, Central America and the Caribbean) and CONMEBOL (the 10 nations on South America, which is a traditional soccer powerhouse).
  10. Agree with your take, but most especially the part in bold!
  11. I've never even heard of any of the golfers in the top 4.
  12. I have no idea whether this will actually help or not. But I don't really trust the NCAA to run anything that well.
  13. Silva in the NBA will be like Renaldo Balkman, IMO. He'll have a short NBA career as a bench player, but will probably play mostly overseas.
  14. Kansas has nowhere to go but up, and Miles is offering immediate playing time. While that appeals to most recruits, that doesn't mean that the wins will come right away.
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