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  1. Astros will kick off the MLB shortened 60-game season on July 24th, hosting the Mariners at Minute Maid Park. Game time is 8:10 PM Central. With a shorter season, and likely one of the few sports that are going to be on, I expect viewership to be very solid.
  2. The MLB Draft is now underway. Current UT Players to Watch (Draft position & team in blue) Morgan Cooper RHP #62 LA Dodgers Nick Kennedy LHP #146 CO Rockies Kyle Johnston RHP #193 WA Nationals Brett Boswell INF #236 CO Rockies Beau Ridgeway RHP Tyler Schimpf RHP Patrick Mathis OF Travis Jones OF Michael Cantu C Kody Clemens INF Graduating Longhorns to watch Kacy Clemens IF #249 TOR Blue Jays Zane Gurwitz OF/INF Jon Malmin LHP Longhorn Commits to watch Tristen Lutz OF (HS)-Likely gone #34 MIL Brewers Landon Leach RHP (HS)-Likely gone #37 MIN Twins Kamron Fields OF/RHP (HS) Donny Diaz RHP (JUCO) Blake Pflughaupt LHP (JUCO) Matteo Bocchi RHP (JUCO) Chris Fearon RHP (JUCO) Brandon Ivey LHP (JUCO) Cole Quintanilla RHP (HS) Tristan Stevens RHP (JUCO) Turner Gaunt INF (HS) Masen Hibbeler INF (JUCO) Bennett Inoff INF (HS)
  3. Ok boys & girls, who's tuned in to Game 7 tonight, and what are your predictions?
  4. Way too young to leave this world at 24. Kid was a phenomenal pitcher and a good person. RIP José.
  5. Over the course of the three-day MLB draft, four Longhorns heard their names called. Tres Barrera, Ty Culbreth, Morgan Cooper and Bret Boswell were all given the opportunity to continue their dreams of playing baseball at the professional level. Not sure if all will sign. Barrera went first when the Washington Nationals selected him in the sixth round. Barrera is the first Longhorn catcher since Cameron Rupp to be taken within the first 10 rounds - the Phillies took Rupp in the third round in 2011. Barrera finished his junior year at Texas with a .289 batting average, starting in all 57 games. During the Big 12 tournament, he hit .350 including a home run and six RBI over five games. Senior left-handed pitcher Culbreth heard his name called next, going in the eighth round to the Colorado Rockies. Culbreth earned All-Big 12 Conference second team honors, finishing his senior season 8-4 with a 3.74 ERA. He threw a career-high 86.2 innings while striking out a career-high 78 batters. The senior graduated with a 14-9 overall record including a 3.47 ERA in 171.1 innings pitched. On the third day of the draft, the Washington Nationals drafted another Longhorn – right-handed pitcher Cooper. The red-shirt sophomore missed the entire 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery. In 2016, Cooper pitched 67 innings finishing with a 3-5 record and a 4.03 ERA. Prior to surgery, in his freshman year, Cooper pitched 56 innings, finishing with a 4-2 record and a 2.89 ERA. Boswell was the last Longhorn drafted with the Pittsburg Pirates selecting him in the 40th round. Boswell is also a red-shirt sophomore and earned a spot on the Big 12-All Tournament team after batting .600 with three doubles and one triple. He plated four runs and drew four walks. Boswell finished the season with a .241 batting average, playing in 44 games – only 34 starts. He sat out his freshman year at UT with a wrist injury. Last season, Boswell hit for a .253 average. Besides four current Longhorns hearing their names called, five signees were also drafted. Left-handed pitcher Kyle Muller, right-handed pitcher Mason Thompson and outfielder Conner Capel all heard their names before Barrera was drafted. Muller was the first signee to be drafted when the Atlanta Braves selected him in the second round, No. 44th overall. After Culbreth’s name was called, the final two signees heard their names – right-handed pitcher Blair Henley and short stop Davis Hamilton - before Cooper and Boswell were selected. It is unclear if Cooper and Boswell will sign considering they have two more years left in a Longhorn jersey to improve their draft number. Barrera is likely to sign with the Nationals, especially after tweeting, “Want to thank the Washington Nationals for the great opportunity! It’s only the beginning! Proud to be apart of the D.C. family.” Culbreth, having finished his last season of eligibility at Texas, tweeted “Thanks to the @Rockies, I finally get to live out a life long dream. Thx @Texas_Baseball for everything you’ve done. On to the mile high city.” This post has been promoted to an article
  6. So, at minimum a playoff with the Angels for Wildcard on Monday. They're still a year ahead of schedule, and I don't think they're ready for an extended post-season run, but this is a great experience for their young guys.
  7. Seriously? With all the baseball guys we have over here and there's not a World Series thread? OK, Game 2, Royals just took the lead on the Giants in B6, 3-2. Discuss.
  8. Thoughts? http://www.wfaa.com/story/sports/mlb/2014/10/16/breaking-rangers-hire-jeff-banister-as-manager/17354573/ The man who steps into Ron Washington's position has large shoes to fill, and the Rangers front office believes Jeff Banister is that man. The Rangers were managed by Ron Washington for most of the last eight years as he became the franchise's all-time winningest manager. The man who steps into his position will have large shoes to fill, and the Rangers front office believes Jeff Banister is that man. He received a multi-year contract, according to a statement from the Rangers. The club will hold a press conference announcing the hiring at 11 a.m. Friday. Banister, who was Pittsburgh's bench coach, comes highly recommended by Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who is held in very high regard by Rangers management. He beat out Texas interim manager Tim Bogar and Cleveland's Kevin Cash for the job. Banister is a baseball lifer. He was drafted out of the University of Houston baseball program by the Pirates in 1986, then spent five years in their minor league system before being called up. Banister is a career 1.000 major league hitter; he had one at-bat on July 23, 1991, and it ended with a single. His coaching career with the Pirates began in 1993 and lasted until today. Banister spent the last 21 years with the Pirates as a minor league coach, manager and field coordinator before getting the call to Pittsburgh to become the team's bench coach. Banister, 49, is regarded as very open-minded - someone who's able to process numbers and scouting reports as well as trusting his gut. Jon Daniels said during his post-season address that he wanted his next manager to be a 'partner,' someone comfortable keeping track of the farm system and having regular conversations with management as well as managing the day-to-day locker room. RELATED: Rangers find partner they were looking for in 'new-school' Banister Banister worked very closely with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who Rangers management remembers fondly from his time in Arlington as the team's hitting coach. Banister survived cancer and a broken neck to keep his baseball career alive - you can read more of that story here.
  9. Is the MLB All Star game the best of the professional "All Star" games? I think so.
  10. I'm in the process of adding rookie cards to my collection. Any other rookies I should buy besides Springer and Abreu?
  11. I would post tweet but on mobile. Per Darren Rovell, Bobby Bonilla is the 12th highest paid player on the Mets payroll. Bobby Bonilla's Wikipedia: Mets let go Bonilla prior to 2000 season. They agreed to terms that Bonilla be paid 1.19 million a year until 2035. Smart agent.
  12. He threw another no-hitter!!! No-hitter 2 years in a row! I'm so happy for him! I had him washed up after the 2011 season. His velocity had diminish and thought no longer starting pitcher and immediate mid-reliever pitcher.
  13. Just saw this and found it interesting: Tim Kurkjian on ESPN just said the following: Batting average this year in MLB is .249 It was .262 five years ago. The month of April had the most 1-0 games than any month of April in Major League history. One day last week, 10 starting pitchers worked at least 7 innings and gave up 3 hits or less, again, never been a day like that in MLB history. Most MLB pitchers are throwing 95 MPH with two secondary pitches that are really good; not just out of starters, but relievers as well. ************************************* I find this quite interesting, especially with what's happened in College Baseball in recent years. A large portion of college baseball hitting declines can be attributed to the change in bats. In today's MLB, the bullpen is often better than the starting rotation. My question to you baseball guys is this; if the batting averages are going down, are the hitters getting worse, or are today's pitchers in MLB just progressing at a faster rate than the hitters? What has happened in the last five years that has caused the entire league average to drop 13 points? They didn't have a bat change like the NCAA. What is the reasoning for this? One would assume that most of these MLB players could hit in college and in the minors. Why are they now in a declining state? Are they being coached differently? Are they not as strong? Has the clamp down on performance-enhancing drugs and supplements caused a decline in hitting prowess? Just food for thought.

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