I’ll get to the current players in a post out either today or tomorrow. A few things to catch up on with the alumni first. -FA
Hall of Fame. As mentioned a few weeks ago, former UM shortstop Barry Larkin is being inducted into the College Hall of Fame tonight in Lubbock, Texas. From the initial release in May:
Michigan’s Barry Larkin was a two-time first-team All-American shortstop. He was the first two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and in 1983 he was the Big Ten Postseason Tournament MVP. He twice led the Wolverines to the College World Series and finished his career with a .361 batting average.
Former Michigan coach Branch Rickey is also being inducted in the “vintage class.” His accomplishments aren’t really for his college resume as they are for baseball as a whole. Rickey was a key part of getting Jackie Robinson to break the color barrier. Breaking the color barrier at the highest level opened the door for desegregation at every level of baseball including college. For what its worth, he was 69-31-4 as Michigan’s head coach from 1910-1913, and coached players like George Sisler.
Chris Fetter threw his first two professional starts. In his first start at Class A Short Season Eugene Emeralds (GO EMs!), he lasted just 2 innings giving up 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, and 3 K. His second start went 5 innings with 1 ER, 3 H, and 6 K. He gets his 3rd start of the season tonight. It’ll be against the same team he faced last time as the two teams close out a 6 game series in Eugene.
Chris Getz steals home. Former Michigan player Chris Getz stole home for the White Sox during a game against the Cubs (which makes it even better for me) on June 28th.
With Wise at the plate, Getz broke for home as Zambrano began his delivery of a pitch that sailed outside and past catcher Geovany Soto. The stolen base made it 4-0, and on the very next pitch, Zambrano hit Wise.
He becomes the 4th player this season with a straight steal of home, 8th player to steal home overall.
Jake Fox gets first career homer in Detroit. While I may not like the Cubs, I guess I can root for Jake Fox. The former Wolverine knocked his first career home run against the Tigers on June 26. Fox is making his second stint with the major league club this year after hitting .409 with the AAA Iowa Cubs. You’d have to think the Chicago front office will be looking to relieve some of that salary by the end of the season and make room for Fox as a full time starter in the outfield (I don’t see him overtaking Ramirez at third anytime soon). Then again, how long can he hold up a .903 OPS?
Mike Cervenak & Bobby Korecky named AAA All Stars. Former Wolverine Mike Cervanak, UM ’99 was named to the AAA All Star Team out of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (International League). This is the 2nd consecutive time he’s been named to the AAA All Star team, but last year he was unavailable as he was called up with the Phillies just before the game. Bobby Korecky, UM ’01 also made the roster (although for the Pacific Coast Leauge). He’s 2-1 with 12 saves for the Rochester Red Wings (as well as 5 appearances at the major league level this year). You can catch them on ESPN2 on July 15th during the Pacific Coast vs International League All Star Game. The game is slated for a 10:05 EDT start, as its being played in Oregon.
Putz, Richards, and Hill do their thing on the mound. None have been particularly noteworthy, nor very good of late. It happens.
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