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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

U-M baseball recruit dies in Illinois

Because the last 24 hours haven’t been depressing enough:

Charlie Donovan, the Gatorade Illinois baseball player of the year last spring and a Michigan recruit, died early Friday morning. The cause of death has not been determined.

Donovan, drafted in the 30th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in June out of Westmont High, had turned down pro ball to attend U-M. Donovan had deferred his enrollment until at least January because of a severe bout with mono over the summer.

Gamingboy Posted: November 10, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: college, college baseball

Monday, June 01, 2015

New baseball helps college teams regain pop on offense - LA Times

I thought the bat rules were a safety issue?

“It was a first-pitch slider and I got it,” said Moyer, a junior. “I thought, ‘That’s a double off the wall.’ Then it kept going and going and went out. I went, ‘Welcome to the new year and the new ball.’”

Moyer had no home runs in 2014. He has hit 14 this season. Having another season of experience helped considerably, as did bulking up by 15 pounds. But Moyers admits that “three or four” of his home runs were aided by the baseball that was introduced at the college level this season.

The change resulted from an overcompensation after the NCAA enacted rules to tame aluminum bats for safety reasons in 2011. The drop in offensive production brought howls from coaches whose teams traditionally battered pitchers.

The result was a new baseball, one with flatter seams and a slightly harder core, similar to what is used in professional baseball. It increased offensive production this season, but did not bring a return of the numbers created by loaded aluminum bats.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 05:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Saturday, May 30, 2015

St. Thomas Bobcats pitcher Ben Ancheff is our new favorite athlete -

Which ROUND is this guy going in? (You have to click the link.)

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 30 comment(s)
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