north jersey - The smell of manure hung in the air, mingling with the sounds of batted baseballs and the stirring of cows below. Josh Thole makes good contact with his choked-up swing and has struck out only 23 times in 66 games. The converted hayloft-turned-batting-cage was a home away from home for Josh Thole — sitting above a working barn on a farm in rural Aviston, Ill. The barn was where he began taking hitting lessons at age 8 or 9 with his future American Legion coach, Jason Rakers. And it was the place where the Mets' catcher took his first steps toward the major leagues.
9-28-10 from goldstein - He’s younger than most eventual 2011 high school draftees, so my thought on his progress going forward is that he should move forward. I’m guessing that he’ll pitch in Brooklyn next year after another spring in extended, but sure, there’s very real potential here. He could end up with special velocity for a lefty, and his secondary pitches at least show promise. His ceiling is sky high, but the gap between that ceiling and what he is now is the size of the Grand Canyon.
9-27-10 from: - amazin - After an OK 2009 in Kingsport, Cuan really opened some eyes as he proved to be the Cyclones most reliable starter this season. In his fourteen starts in 2010 the 21 year old allowed more than two earned runs just twice. Cuan is a lefty cut out of the Antonini/Cohoon mold; he clearly has an idea about how to fool hitters which is really facilitated by his exceptional command from the left side. Unfortunately, he's a rather small guy (5'11") with a bit less stuff/velocity than those two so he's really going to have to prove himself at each rung of the organizational ladder.
Shoeless Joe Jackson:
haulsofshame. - As a result of Haulsofshame.com’s report last month, which found that the Baseball Hall of Fame’s alleged 1919 “Shoeless Joe” Jackson jersey was a forgery, officials at the Cooperstown Museum have removed another artifact that was originally purchased with Major League Baseball funds along with the tainted 1919 ”Black Sox” jersey. MLB funded the purchase of the jersey and glove in 1998 from New Jersey collector Barry Halper as part of an $8million deal, which included 175 choice items from the collection of the then limited partner of the New York Yankees.
dailycal - For years, the Cal baseball team has been begging the athletic department to purchase lights for Evans Diamond. That, sadly for the Bears, isn't a problem anymore. On Tuesday afternoon, it was announced by the university that baseball, rugby, men's and women's gymnastics and lacrosse will be cut, effective the 2011-12 academic year.