Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mizzou Baseball Quotes & Notes

Texas Collegiate League Awards were announced. Russell LaFleur was named to the All-League Team. Also, Catcher Brett Nicholas (MU recruit) was named to the first team.

■ From Second baseman Brock Bond is currently leading the Eastern League in hitting at a .348 clip

Kangaroo Court, as described by the Norwich Bulletin:
It’s a moment he would probably like to forget, but doing just that — forgetting — led to one of the most unintentionally funny moments in Brock Bond’s young career.

As a member of the Single-A San Jose Giants last season, Bond stepped into the batter’s box just as a newly inserted relief pitcher readied his first warm-up pitch.

Despite the cries of his teammates to move away, Bond was so focused that he forgot it was a new pitcher.

“I don’t know what I was doing,” said Bond, now the Connecticut Defenders’ All-Star second baseman. “I guess I was daydreaming. I just walked up to the plate.”As a result, he stood before the team’s Kangaroo Court.

■ And those wacky folks at the Wall Street Journal give us a Proposal to Rework the Count:
Two strikes, you’re out!

That doesn’t quite have the same ring as the original, but Sky Andrecheck wishes that baseball’s founders had taken the steps necessary to make that saying part of the lexicon. Specifically, writing on Baseball Analysts, he presents data suggesting that a game where three balls earned a batter a walk but two strikes ends his at bat would have very similar outcomes to what we know as baseball, but get to those outcomes a lot faster — and with fewer pitching changes. . . .

1 comment:

  1. Also in the Texas Collegiate League, Jeff Emens led the league in OBP and finished in the top 10 in hitting while contributing with great defense at SS and 3B. His team will play this weekend in the championship series. Jeff also carried a 3.13 ERA in 23 innings with 25K and three saves. I had the opportunity to see Jeff, Russell, and Brett play several games. They all had great summers. In addition, Andre Rodriquez made many positive contributions to the Brazos Valley team.