Thursday Quick Hitters: Cougars, Chicks, and MRDR BRD
Not much on the old google today, but some quality stuff nonetheless.
Clete Thomas - A bit of old news, but Clete Thomas suffered a season ending injury:
In other news, the Free Press is reporting today that Toledo OF Clete Thomas will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee. This is the same surgery that Indians OF Grady Sizemore underwent last week. The rehab will take 9-12 months.
This is obviously bad news for Thomas. Clete was expected to make the big club out of camp this year after being a staple of the Tigers bench for most of the last two years. The signing of Johnny Damon likely cost Thomas a roster spot and a shoulder problem landed him on the DL to start the year.
Thomas has been passed over by Brennan Boesch and probably Casper Wells on the Tigers depth chart even before this knee injury, so even without it he might have had trouble returning to Detroit this year. Now, he’ll likely have to prove his health next season before the Tigers can use him, either as a reserve, or as a trade chip.
This sucks for Clete. Personally, I'd think he'd be better off finishing up his contract with Detroit, rehabbing, and testing the waters as a Free Agent. If I had my way he'd be in a Braves Uniform next season (whether Gwinnett or Atlanta), Lord knows the Bravos could use a a few more OFs. Still, the main reason of bring this up was to remind the world of "Clete's Cougars". One of the best cheering sections in baseball (Picture above and below).
Bo Jackson- Yesterday, in 1986, Bo Jackson made his Pro Baseball debut. Most Auburn fans have already heard the story of Bo choosing baseball over the football (or specifically the Tampa Bay Bucs), a story that at least made Sports Illustrated take notice:
Today's youtube finds, in celebration of Bo's time with the Chicks:
GRANT DAYTON JAMS OUT:
Jamestown Jammers relief pitcher Grant Dayton knows how to make a good impression.
After reporting to the team at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dayton pitched three innings of no-hit ball and picked up his first New York-Penn League win in a 6-0 shutout over the State College Spikes.
COLE NELSON DOES SOMETHING: Honestly, that's the best way to describe this article:
Edina amateur baseball pitcher Cole Nelson, coming off a successful year at Auburn University, was throwing 92 mph Tuesday, June 29, at Dakota Field in a game against St. Louis Park.
Park's Gabe Eikum, like Nelson a lefty, wasn't sending the radar gun to the top that night, but his masterful pitching performance helped his team win the Riverview League game, 9-1.
Eikum, 27, was impressed as he watched Nelson, 20, who was recently selected in the 10th round of the major-league amateur draft by the Detroit Tigers.
"When we faced Nelson last year, he was unhittable," said Eikum. "Tonight, we hit him pretty well, and we already had the lead when I went out there."
What does Eikum think about Nelson turning pro?
"He's got a chance," he said. "But baseball is a funny game. You can have the best stuff in the world and not make it."
"Guys like Nelson make us focus," said Paulsen, who went two-for-two against the Edina ace. "Everyone on our team can hit a fastball ... he's going to have bad dreams about us."
The same can be said for hitters who have to face Eikum, who allowed Edina only two hits in seven innings.
So, after a little research, it sounds like Cole is spending his summer playing for his hometown Class A Minnesota (warning, link contains HEAVY use of Heart's Barracuda) Amateur Baseball team, the Edina General Sports ESox (which sounds like a Japanese Baseball Team). I'm pretty sure that's him towering over everybody else in this picture:
It's a league/team generally made up of college age amateur players and Cole just didn't have his best start.
Finally, MRDR BRD Waits: