The most glaring issue in the early part of the season has been a lack of offense, though problems have ranged from ace to end. Mostly the end.
In the seventh and eighth innings — Missouri has yet to pitch a ninth — the Tigers have committed seven of their 12 errors and, consequently, have allowed 23 of the 35 runs against them.
"Everything that we've done that's lost the games for us is us beating ourselves," outfielder Sal Belfonte said. "We do bad things at the wrong time."...
|Simmons Field in Snow, circa 2002|
At least some Tiger alums are playing baseball.
♦ The Unmistakable Incredible Tale of Brock Bond (CSNBayArea.com)
Bond returned to the field last season, spent another summer getting on base. And now, said Evans, “He’s put himself in the conversation because of what he’s done.”♦ Twins' Kyle Gibson showing zip -- and sink (TwinCities.com)
The good news came just a few weeks before pitchers and catchers reported to Scottsdale: Evans called Bond and told him he’d have a locker in big league camp. It was the call Bond almost didn't dare hoping he might receive. Until then, his only experience on the major league side was when he came over for a day, with a duffel bag and a jersey with no name on the back, and either shagged in the outfield or was used as the rabbit in rundown drills.
“It’s kind of a humbling thing,” Bond said. “They give you $25 to come over here and you feel … well, not so good about yourself. But then you think about how many people would kill to be on the field and do what we’re doing.”...
People in Fort Myers, Fla., are still buzzing about the buzzing fastball exhibited by Kyle Gibson in his first spring training appearance for the Twins against Tampa Bay on Sunday, Feb. 24.♦ Tepesch Impressing Early in Camp (Lone Star Dugout - subscription)
Not only was a Gibson fastball that struck out one batter clocked at 96 mph, it also was a sinking fastball. Not bad for a guy who had ligament replacement surgery on his right arm in 2011...
Right-hander Nick Tepesch began his spring with a strong outing last Sunday, tossing two scoreless innings while flashing a deep repertoire. Lone Star Dugout profiles the 24-year-old prospect with an in-depth scouting report and interview...BASEBALL
♦ How baseball is like the Christian walk (Baptist Press)
No baseball player can survive and thrive without hope. When Henry Aaron was asked if he arrived at the ballpark every day knowing he would get two hits his reply was, "No. What I do know is that if I don't get 'em today, I'm sure going to get 'em tomorrow." Babe Ruth was fond of saying, "Every strike gets me closer to the next home run." Persistent, daily plodding in the face of chronic managed failure, driven by future hope sounds a lot like my daily Christian walk.
The Apostle Paul wrote, "For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate" (Romans 7:15). But he went on to write, "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! ... There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 7:25a, 8:1). The reality of his persistent failure and limitations did not paralyze him because he knew his story fit into a larger picture of the story of Christ. In the Kingdom of Christ, "all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose" and those who love God are being conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:28-29)...