Milwaukee Sports – Catch 22 MKE Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:26:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Milwaukee Sports – Catch 22 MKE 32 32 Mississippi wins first CWS title by sweeping Oklahoma | Milwaukee Brewers Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:13:10 +0000

By ERIC OLSON – AP Sports Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) β€” The last team to enter the NCAA baseball tournament was the last team standing.

Mississippi scored twice on wild pitches in an eighth inning three-run, and the Rebels captured their first baseball national title, sweeping Oklahoma in the College World Series Finals with a 4-2 win. sunday.

The Rebels (42-23) became the eighth national champion since 2009 to emerge from the Southeastern Conference and the third in a row, and the trophy will stay in Magnolia State for another year. Mississippi State won last year.

“There’s so much to say about everything we’ve overcome this year, how much we’ve had to fight, how much we’ve had to pick ourselves up and never let ourselves down,” said team captain Tim Elko . “The story of our season is going to be told for years and years to come.”

Ole Miss benefited from a runner interference call that won Oklahoma (45-24) in the sixth inning. The Rebels also overcame a spectacular pitching performance from Cade Horton, who set a CWS Finals record with 13 strikeouts.

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Brandon Johnson hit the team in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to spark a celebration on the field and in the stands where the majority of the 25,972 were Rebels fans dressed in powder blue Ole Miss. Receiver Hayden Dunhurst ran to the mound to hug and then tackle Johnson after Sebastian Orduno swung and missed the final pitch.

It’s been an unlikely trip for the Rebels and 22nd-year coach Mike Bianco, who came under fire when his team was 22-17 overall and 7-14 in the SEC on May 1.

“I think they showed a lot of people that you can fall and stumble and fail, but that doesn’t mean you’re a failure,” Bianco said. “If you keep working hard, you keep pushing and you keep believing, you can accomplish anything. This is not a poster or a tweet to get you motivated. We’ve all heard that. These guys have been through this this season.

Ole Miss beat North Carolina State for the final overall bid and had to hit the road for Regionals and Super Regionals. The Rebels finished the season with a 20-6 record, including 10-1 in the national tournament.

Their only CWS loss was 3-2 to Arkansas on Wednesday. The next day, Dylan DeLucia threw a four-hit shutout to beat the Razorbacks and send the Rebels to the Finals. DeLucia was named the CWS’ Most Outstanding Player after allowing one earned run, striking out 17 and walking none in 16 2/3 innings.

Ole Miss, who won the opener of the CWS Finals 10-3, lost 2-1 going into the eighth inning on Sunday. Trevin Michael relieved Horton with one out, and Jacob Gonzalez scored from the right side to drive in the tying run.

“We kind of knew we were going to start scoring eighth or ninth,” said Gonzalez, 3-for-23 in the CWS before scoring twice and homering on Sunday. β€œThat’s how we are. We’re going to put the pressure on. We’re not going to knock and sit down. Fortunately, I had a hit and was finally able to help the team this week.

Michael (4-2) then uncorked wild pitches that brought Justin Bench for the go-ahead and another to bring Gonzalez. On the first, receiver Jimmy Crooks was crossed on a breaking ball. On the second, Michael’s serious tone went under Crooks’ glove.

“I wouldn’t want anyone behind the plate other than Jimmy Crooks or Trevin to shut the game down,” OU coach Skip Johnson said.

Ole Miss starter Hunter Elliott scattered three hits while allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Mason Nichols and John Gaddis (4-2) gave Johnson the game in ninth.

Horton allowed four hits and none in a stellar 107-pitch performance.

“We’ve been successful here and we’ve accomplished a lot this year,” said Horton, a first-round pick slated for next month in the Major League Baseball draft. β€œBut we will be back. I know because this team laid the foundation for the future of Oklahoma baseball.

Oklahoma appeared to have taken a 1-0 lead at sixth base, but the run was called off when John Spikerman, who had a tight bunt, was called for runner interference for hindering Elko at first base while that he was trying to catch Elliott’s pitch.

Jackson Nicklaus had been hit by Elliott early in the inning and was third after a sacrifice and wild pitch. He came home on Spikerman’s bunt, but Bianco requested a video review when Spikerman was first called to safety.

Bianco said he rarely watches replays on the scoreboard, but did this time. He said he thought Spikerman was out of the way and came to the field to request the video review.

“The credit goes to the dash guy,” Bianco said.

Spikerman knocked off Elko’s glove as he crossed first, the ball ending up in foul territory. The call was overturned as Spikerman ruled he was inside the baseline as he crossed the sack, forcing Nicklaus back to third base.

Johnson asked if Bianco made his request within 30 seconds of the end of the game, as required by the rules. He did not challenge the final decision. He just didn’t like how it happened.

“If we disrupt the fabric of the game by bringing in computer referees,” he said, “I think I’ll just go fishing.”

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‘Marcus Rashford shows support for $70million man Giannis Antetokounmpo, ahead of his movie Rise!’: Manchester United star has linked up with Milwaukee Bucks superstar in LA Sat, 25 Jun 2022 13:00:59 +0000

by Giannis Antetokounmpo The biopic ‘Rise’ is out now Marcus Rashford has come over from Manchester to show his support.

The incredible story of Giannis Antetokounmpo is now coming to the big screen. The life of the Greek Freak is adapted into a film.

From the book “Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an MVP” by Mirin Fader, Rise is a biopic that traces the history of the monster.
From the streets of Athens to becoming an NBA champion, Giannis’ life is nothing short of a fairy tale.

There are not many athletes who have such a rich history. Naturally, the world is impressed and fully supports the film.

Marcus Rashford joins him and shows his support. The English footballer was in Los Angeles and decided to show up on the red carpet.

Giannis posted a photo with Marcus. The two posed with swimsuits. Marcus even signed his England jersey before handing it over to Antetokounmpo.

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Twitter reacts to the two stars posing side by side as Giannis and Marcus look delighted!

The shirt swapping drew a few eyeballs. The NBA and football/soccer Twitter were both ready to share their thoughts.

Some even wondered why Rashford didn’t present Giannis with a Manchester United shirt. One user claims United’s abysmal form could be the reason.

It is important to remember that the season has ended and that Manchester United have still not unveiled their new shirts.

Another user talks about how small Marcus is compared to the Greek monster.

Everything else aside, it’s good to see two rising stars supporting each other. Both supported their local communities.

Marcus has also worked hard to bring attention to the poor in his hometown of Manchester. And Giannis constantly worked to uplift people in Greece.

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What Patrick Baldwin Jr. brings to the Golden State Warriors Fri, 24 Jun 2022 02:50:27 +0000

On September 21, 2021, a five-star freshman for the Milwaukee Panthers men’s basketball team threw out a ceremonial first pitch during a Brewers game.

Almost everything in this sentence is extremely strange, but Patrick Baldwin Jr. wanted to normalize this event as much as he could. He confirmed the distance from the throwing rubber to the plate – 60 feet, six inches – and estimated it to be about the same as a volleyball line to the baseline on the court training for his team. So Baldwin began rehearsals there with his father and head coach, Pat Sr. The duo then found a mound for more dry runs. An exhaustive and exhausting process, it was not. Probably less than an hour of work, in total.

But it was about as in-depth as it gets for someone who was going to be on the dirt at American Family Field for a minute or two. “It’s something that I know took me and my dad a long time,” Baldwin recalled weeks later during a conversation in a study hall at a college center. “‘Cause if you haven’t noticed, we’re perfectionists.”

At the risk of being overly and cruelly flippant, this was one of the few parts of Patrick Baldwin’s Milwaukee experience that went as planned. He played 11 games. He made 45 shots, in total, all year. His father lost his job after a 22-game losing season. Baldwin has essentially gone from the fascinating 6-10 prospect with the pristine shot and lottery pedigree to perhaps the most enigmatic entity in the 2022 NBA Draft pool. Is the upside still the upside? Did something irrevocably go wrong during his last two injury-plagued high school and college basketball seasons? Is Patrick Baldwin Jr.’s potential win still worth the bet?

Well, NBA champion Golden State Warriors decided to find out. They knocked Baldwin off the board with the 28th pick, in what isn’t so much an all-in move as a calculated bet. It’s worth remembering that Baldwin was the consensus top 10 recruit nationally as a high school student, that programs such as Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina all sued his services at one point or another – and none of these programs need to achieve talent. . He was the kid who stood closer to midfield than the 3-point line before a Milwaukee practice last fall and took jumper after jumper after jumper. There are Something the.

How much remains to be determined.

Ideally? Baldwin is a kind of Michael Porter Jr. redux, minus the lingering injury issues: a seemingly inescapable kid who all but disappeared off the face of the planet in college, but became a productive pro when his health wasn’t. not a problem. (Which, of course, still is for Porter. But in the best-case scenario, Baldwin heals and puts it behind him.) In this context, there is effectively nothing to be gained by analyzing the numbers of his only college season: 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, 34.4% total shooting, 26.6% accuracy from 3 points. The generous assessment is that Baldwin was bumped, and when he wasn’t, he was taking hard hits on a bad team without many other reliable options; he took 43 jumpers all year, and only seven of them were unsupervised stares, per Synergy Sports.

The risk, on the other hand, is obvious. The risk is that 2021-22 was more heralding than aberrant. “As general manager, I just don’t know if there’s enough to get excited about,” said a college coach who scouted Baldwin in Milwaukee and was granted anonymity for an honest assessment of what he saw. “It’s like, ‘OK, I can see it there… but I don’t see it there.’ But (the NBA) is a different game and a different league, obviously. The issues I saw on film were the constant jump shot and then the lateral movement on defense. Those were the things that jumped. But hey kid. He works hard. And just hampered by a few bad luck injuries.

As he spoke of the thought process that brought him to Milwaukee last fall, Baldwin lumped it all together β€” playing for his dad, playing close to home, helping the program reach heights he never had. not achieved for decades – in a single concept. “It’s a matter of opportunity,” he said then.

Here’s the one undeniable thing about Patrick Baldwin Jr.: All this strangeness and disappointment are behind him. His time with the Warriors may not be precisely the opportunity he dreamed of…but it is an opportunity for a fresh start nonetheless. What he does with it will be fascinating to watch.

(Photo: Alan Youngblood/Associated Press)

College World Series has a SEC flavor Tue, 21 Jun 2022 13:01:42 +0000

The SEC is taking over the world of college baseball. Just like football.

The SEC has won three of the last four College World Series titles and has a good chance of winning another. With Texas and Stanford – the two favorites entering the tournament in Omaha – already eliminated, the rest of the field has a strong SEC flavor.

Oklahoma and Ole Miss are the two teams to have survived the early days of the double-elimination tournament undefeated. Oklahoma isn’t in the SEC yet, but it will be soon. The other four surviving teams are Notre Dame, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Auburn. The Irish must feel alone at this invitation from the SEC.

Games in Omaha continue on Tuesday. Arkansas takes on Auburn and Notre Dame takes on Texas A&M. Notre Dame is a -145 favorite at BetMGM.

Notre Dame still has a chance to spoil the party. In the super regional, the Irish knocked out Tennessee, the undisputed No. 1 team in the country this season. They can compete with the best in the SEC. Notre Dame also has a loss, so they can’t afford another.

Ole Miss has emerged as the new favorite to win it all. Since losing their SEC Tournament opener, the Rebels are 7-0 in regionals and the first two games of the College World Series. They beat Auburn 5-1 and Arkansas 13-5. They will face the Arkansas-Auburn winner for a rematch. With one more victory, they will move on to the championship series, which would be a first for the school.

Once again, the College World Series is governed by the SEC. It’s probably just a warm-up for the fall.

Mississippi’s Tim Elko (25) leads the bases after hitting a home run against Arkansas in the College World Series on Monday. (AP Photo/John Peterson)

Here’s a first look at the sports betting slate for Tuesday:

MLB has a normal Tuesday

There are 15 games in Major League Baseball, all tonight. The highlight will be the New York Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays as the Yankees’ incredible season continues.

Another key MLB series is the Milwaukee Brewers hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. The teams entered the series tied atop NL Central, and the Brewers won Monday’s opener 2-0 behind defending Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes. The Cardinals are -145 favorites on the road with Jack Flaherty on the mound for his second start this season.

What else can you bet on?

There are a few Champions League football games and four WNBA games, including defending champion Chicago Sky at the Las Vegas Aces 13-2. The Aces are favorites at 7.5 points.

Other than baseball, however, there won’t be much to bet on. Start studying the American pastime if you want some action this summer.

What is the best bet?

I will go with the Brewers. They’ve won four in a row and I’m not sure Flaherty is back after hurting his shoulder. They are a great underdog to support.

Ime Udoka reveals message to Celtics entering Game 6 Tue, 14 Jun 2022 20:00:00 +0000

Ime Udoka’s message to Celtics ahead of Game 6 should give fans hope Originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Do the Boston Celtics have the Golden State Warriors where they want them?

The short answer is no; the Celtics would rather not be one victory away from elimination after dropping Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on Monday night.

The Celtics are a resilient group, however, and have recent experience coming back from 3-2 deficits: they won Game 6 on the road and Game 7 at home in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to dispatch the Milwaukee Bucks.

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After Monday’s loss, Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said he sent a positive message to his squad as they prepare for a must-win Game 6 in Boston on Thursday.

“The message to guys is to be confident going home,” Udoka said. “Rest; let’s get ready to bring him back here.”

Udoka’s squad will need more than confidence on Thursday night. For starters, Boston will have to reduce turnovers: the C’s are 0-6 in the playoffs while committing at least 16 turnovers and allowed the Warriors to score 103 points on turnovers in these NBA Finals, most in a series of finals since 1992.

Boston also can’t afford long hiatuses against a dangerous Warriors team that sealed Game 5 with a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter.

“For us, it’s really about consistency,” Udoka said. “That’s what we don’t have throughout a full game, it’s constant effort, sustained effort – more offensively than anything. That’s the part where we have to have a carry, no just game to game but quarter to quarter.

There is a silver lining to the Celtics’ shortcomings, however. While the Warriors’ defense deserves credit for forcing Boston into turnovers, most of the Celtics’ injuries were self-inflicted. When the Cs are at their best – strong, decisive ball movement on offense and ferocious defense at the other end – they are more than capable of beating the Warriors, as we saw in Games 1 and 3.

So it will all come down to the Celtics’ execution and self-belief at TD Garden on Thursday night. And it looks like the C’s have the belief part down.

“My faith is higher than it’s ever been before, so I’m looking forward to Game 6,” Jaylen Brown said Monday night.

“We’ve been here before, we’ve done it against Milwaukee,” Udoka added. β€œLet’s take him back to the bay.

D-backs inflict Phils’ first defeat on Thomson as manager | News, Sports, Jobs Mon, 13 Jun 2022 06:46:50 +0000

PHILADELPHIA (AP) β€” Christian Walker had three hits and three RBIs, Jake McCarthy homered and Arizona ended Philadelphia’s nine-game winning streak 13-1, giving interim manager Rob Thomson his first defeat.

Ketel Marte and Alek Thomas each had two points for Arizona, which ended a 10-game road trip 4-6.

The Phillies lost for the first time since May 31 and Thomson was beaten for the first time since replacing Joe Girardi on June 3. , who won 12 straight games in 1988.


NEW YORK (AP) β€” Matt Carpenter hit two home runs and tied his career high with seven RBIs, helping the New York Yankees complete a weekend sweep over the Chicago Cubs for their 11th win in 12 games. .

The 36-year-old carpenter, signed on May 26 after spending the first seven weeks at Triple-A Round Rock in Texas, became the second player since 1900 to hit six homers in his first 10 games for a team after history. by Trevor from Colorado. in 2016.

Jameson Taillon (7-1) has gone undefeated in his last 11 starts, allowing three runs and seven hits in five innings. Manny Banuelos pitched three innings for his first save in the big league.

Ian Happ, who was just a cycle away, gave the Cubs the lead early with a first-inning home run.


ST. LOUIS (AP) β€” TJ Friedl hit a seventh-inning triple tiebreaker and Tommy Pham added a solo homer as Cincinnati beat St. Louis to break a four-game losing streak.

Friedl broke a 4-4 tie with a long drive to right field and Albert Almora Jr. followed with a sacrifice fly. Pham homered against his former team in the eighth.

Jeff Hoffman (1-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings scoreless. Alexis Diaz made his second save.

Nolan Arenado and Juan Yepez homered for the Cardinals, who lost four of six.


WASHINGTON (AP) β€” Willy Adames homered and drove in three runs, helping Milwaukee end an eight-game losing streak.

Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell tied Phil Garner for the most managerial wins in franchise history with 563 as the Brewers snapped their longest slip since September 2015.

Andrew McCutchen added a solo homer in the ninth, his fourth of the season and first since May 21 against Washington.


HOUSTON (AP) β€” Justin Verlander picked up his eighth major league game, Jeremy Pena and Jose Altuve homered and Houston snapped its three-game losing streak.

Verlander (8-2) laid down the first 10 batters he faced before giving up a rounding single to shallow right field in the fourth inning. He allowed four unearned runs and three hits, walked one and struck out five in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 1.94. It was Verlander’s first career win over Miami and third straight start in seven innings.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) β€” Carlos Rodon went two-hitters in six solid innings and San Francisco finished a three-game sweep of the division-leading Dodgers, beating Los Angeles.

Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski beat Julio Urias in the first to send the stumbling Dodgers to their sixth loss in eight games.

RANGERS 8, W. SOX 6, 12 hostel.

CHICAGO (AP) β€” Jonah Heim hit a two-run single in the 12th inning and Texas converted a double play on a batted ball on the cautionary rink to end a win over the Chicago White Sox.

Embattled manager Tony La Russa and the White Sox lost four of five. This one started with right-hander Michael Kopech starting with right knee discomfort after 13 pitches and ended with an unusual double play on the 12th.


SEATTLE (AP) β€” Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, spot starter Kutter Crawford and five combined relievers on a hit and Boston edged Seattle.

Boston capped off a successful west coast swing by closing out Seattle’s offense, allowing only Luis Torrens’ single in the fifth inning. The Red Sox finished 8-2 on a 10-game trip.


DETROIT (AP) β€” Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered, Ross Stripling hit for six innings and Toronto beat Detroit.

The Blue Jays took two of Detroit’s three, giving them 13 wins in 17 games. Toronto has the third-best record in the American League, behind the division-leading New York Yankees in the East and West-leading Houston.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) β€” Jeffrey Springs two-hittered in the sixth inning, Randy Arozarena stole two bases after being twice hit by pitches, and Tampa Bay beat Minnesota.

Springs (3-2) continued his impressive transition into the starting rotation. He struck out five and walked two in 5 1/3 innings against a Twins team that had scored a combined 15 runs in winning the first two games of the series.


SAN DIEGO (AP) β€” Ryan McMahon had a two-run double with two outs in the eighth and German Marquez threw seven solid innings to lead Colorado past San Diego.

The Rockies won back-to-back games to split the four-game series with the Padres, who played a second straight game without manager Bob Melvin. He went into COVID-19 protocols on Saturday night with bench coach Ryan Christenson ahead of Game 2 of a doubleheader. Quality control coach Ryan Flaherty once again led the Padres.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) β€” Anthony Santander, Ryan Mountcastle and Rougned Odor hit solo home runs, leading Baltimore past Kansas City.

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Debra Alquist | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 11 Jun 2022 07:02:16 +0000 IRON MOUNTAIN – Debra Alquist, 68, of Iron Mountain entered into eternal life with her Lord and Savior on June 2, 2022, at Marshfield Medical Center with her family by her side.

She was born September 30, 1953 in Milwaukee, WI to the late Patrick Farley and Evelyn (Federspiel) Gorman. Debbie grew up in the Iron Mountain-Kingsford area and has lived there her entire life.

She was married to her best friend, Timothy Alquist, for a total of 41 years.

She held various jobs in her youth and became a housewife once she became a mother.

Debra loved her family more than anything and spent many of her days with them.

She was a wonderful writer and in her spare time she wrote many poems, short stories and even some musical pieces. She also loved playing cards, especially Skippo, and although she hated losing, she was still a good sportswoman. She loved learning about her heritage, and she enjoyed reading her Bible and did various Bible studies.

Debra’s survivors include her loving husband of 41 years, Timothy Alquist; four children: three daughters and one son, Tracy Farley of Sheboygan, Wis., Patricia (Mark) Creed of Niagara, Wis., Brian Tauscheck of Lexington, Olka., and Beth (Jeff) Clinton of Ponka City, Okla. ; one brother, Patrick Farley; seven grandchildren, Brandon (26), Tyler (22), Micah (19), Allyssa (18), Rhianon (20), Natalie (15) and Kamilla (10); and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Richard Farley.

The family would like to thank Angela Galeazzi from the bottom of their hearts for her care and dedication to Debbie as a home health aide over the past two years.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 16 at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain with Pastor Tim Hawthorne officiating at 11 a.m.

Condolences to the family of Debra Alquist can be expressed at

The family entrusted the arrangements to the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home.

Windsor native and Cardinal Newman graduate Jason Alexander gets his MLB moment with Milwaukee Brewers Thu, 09 Jun 2022 03:23:15 +0000

At the end of 2020, Jason Alexander was considering a career change.

The Windsor native and former standout pitcher for Cardinal Newman and Santa Rosa Junior College was fired by the Los Angeles Angels organization in June, one of many minor league victims of the pandemic, and began posting his CV on

He figured that as an undrafted 27-year-old, who had spent the past three-plus years scouring the minors and posting unimpressive numbers in his few Triple-A stints, his chances of making it at The Show were slim to nothing.

“I think when COVID came along and the Angels released me, I kind of thought baseball was over,” Alexander, 29, said Friday.

He was considering becoming a coach, probably at the high school level, until he received a phone call just before the start of the 2021 minor league season. It was the Miami Marlins calling with an offer.

“Between all the job searches, that’s when the Marlins contacted me,” Alexander said. “As soon as I got the phone call, that flame ignited within me again. Everything just reinvigorated.

Last Wednesday, just over a year after that signing, Alexander made his MLB debut, going seven solid innings in a starting spot for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was the first Brewers pitcher since 2017 to record a quality start on his debut, earning him a second start on Tuesday, when he pitched five innings of one-run pitch.

It was unclear on Wednesday whether Alexander would be sent back to the minors or stay with the Brewers. The team had called him in part out of necessity as they faced a tired rotation that had also been hampered by injuries. With their rotation expected to return to full strength soon, Alexander could bide his time in Triple-A until his next opportunity in MLB.

But if there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that the last week of his professional career has provided Alexander with plenty of motivation.

“I understand why athletes don’t retire when people say they should retire because it’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and if you’re lucky enough to have more than a only once, I think you want to cherish it as much as you can,” he said. “I still have a lot to show and prove and I’m thrilled about it and can’t wait to work on it again. harder.”

Alexander is the youngest of four brothers and joins second-youngest Scott β€” who pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers and is currently in the San Francisco Giants farm system β€” in logging MLB playing time.

Jason, like his brothers, was a star during his time playing in Sonoma County. A graduate of Cardinal Newman in 2011, he helped the Cardinals win two North Bay League titles, earned pitcher of the year honors as a senior, and was a two-time conference first-team pitcher. and All-American as a sophomore at SRJC.

He turned that success into a scholarship to Long Beach State, a powerhouse NCAA Division I program, but his time there was cut short when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. and underwent Tommy John surgery after just six starts. He was just 21 when he went under the knife and missed the entire 2015 season before transferring to Menlo College, an NAIA program, where he received an honorable mention All-American in 2017.

At 24, Alexander went undrafted in the 2017 MLB Draft, but signed a minor league contract with the Angels and pitched mostly rookie pitch for that first season. He spent most of the next two seasons bouncing between High-A to Triple-A levels, but finished the 2019 season as a fixed rotation guy for the Angels’ Triple-A team in Salt Lake City, Utah.

While he nearly hung up his cleats after being released the following summer, he applied the lessons he had learned in his last four seasons with the minors towards his new opportunity with the Marlins in 2021 and launched well enough to get noticed by the Brewers, who signed him to a minor league contract last offseason.

It was a brutal and unforgiving journey for Alexander at times, but one that paid off last week. He was told he was being called up over the weekend, joined the team on Sunday and was officially called up on Tuesday evening.

He said the reality of what he accomplished last Wednesday didn’t set in until he was seated in the dugout after his outing was over.

“I could see the Cubs uniforms, the stands and the stadium and how close I was to the field,” he recalled. “It was like, ‘This isn’t real. Where am I right now?’

Alexander joined a growing list of MLB members with Sonoma County ties that includes players like Andrew Vaughn (Chicago White Sox), Spencer Torkelson (Detroit Tigers) and Anthony Bender (Miami Marlins) and coaches like Jason Lane (Milwaukee Brewers), Brandon Hyde (Baltimore Orioles), Tony Arnerich (Seattle Mariners) and Tim Cossins (Baltimore Orioles).

SRJC baseball head coach Damon Neidlinger noted the mental toughness it took for Alexander to stay true to the sport despite so much adversity. He said it takes a special player with a genuine passion for the game to persevere through what Alexander has done, when so many players would have chosen the easier route of quitting and looking for their next opportunity.

“I know he’s not happy,” Neidlinger said. “He’s worked hard throughout this journey, and it’s toughened him up, it’s toughened him up, he’s learned a lot and I think you can tell how tough this journey is, in some ways, that’s tough. is a blessing in disguise because it mentally prepared him to handle it and it showed on Wednesday.

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Bryce Harper, Phillies are starting to see results with Rob Thomson – Philly Sports Tue, 07 Jun 2022 12:30:00 +0000

Not even a week after Joe Girardi was fired and interim manager Rob Thomson has already started making headlines with a three-game sweep against the Los Angeles Angels. With immediate success like this, Thomson could find himself erasing the temporary title in favor of a permanent position.

Sweep, sweep victory

The Phillies sweep the Angels

A rocky start to the season and a 21-30 overall record were just two of many signs that signaled the need for a change in leadership. Hired as a bench coach for Philly in 2018, Rob Thomson had seen plenty under former skippers Gabe Kapler and Joe Girardi. So much so that when the time came to take over, he did not hesitate to answer the call. Thomson proudly led his crew into battle against the angels and emerged victorious in the end.

The icing on the cake here was the 9-7 comeback win which saw Bryce Harper hit a game-tying grand slam followed by a three-point outburst from Bryson Stott to send the fans happy home.

The popular saying in baseball, “Let the kids play!” now resounds throughout Citizens Bank Park as young guns like Stott finally get their shot.

Asked about his feelings on the home run, Harper said, β€œI’m so happy for (Stott), man. What did beat. What a situation for him. To be able to trust our young guys these last few days and really let them play,” via the Philadelphia plaintiff.

Harper also said, β€œOur young guys need to play. When you want your kids to be successful, they need to play every day. And when they have these opportunities, I think they will take full advantage of them.

Some were quick to point out that it was a subtle jab at Girardi, but overall the message is clear: if they want to win, they have to trust their young talent. As much as we would like to blame the former skipper, it would be unfair to say the least because he cannot shelter all their problems from the storm.

Prior to this series, the Phillies’ struggles lay in several areas of the organization that were beyond Girardi’s control. The bullpen’s inability to pitch effectively, costly mistakes made frequently, and a lack of production from players like Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos are immediate issues that come to mind.

A manager can’t do much for his team, so how does it boil down to the specialist coach’s responsibility to ensure success? Either way, a streak win is a streak win and Philadelphia is onto bigger and better things as we reach the halfway point of the season.

Down stretch

The Milwaukee Brewers will be the next opponent to watch Philly as a new three-game set opens on June 7. I think this will be the real test of Thomson’s managerial skills as the Brew Crew currently lead the NL Central Division with the St. Louis Cardinals just half a game behind. The good thing for Thomson is that he’s seen the Brewers play plenty of times before, so he already knows what he’s up against.

After posting a career-best 1.36 ERA last year, a shaky Ranger Suarez (4-3, 4.69) will take over for Philadelphia against Milwaukee’s Jason Alexander (0-0, 2.57) to start the first game. If the Phillies have really started to turn over a new leaf, it will most certainly show in this series. Only time will tell if this little spark they created will turn into a full-fledged fire representing their $230 million payroll.

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]]> Quin Snyder ends his tenure as Jazz coach after 8 seasons | Milwaukee dollars Sun, 05 Jun 2022 22:42:11 +0000

By TIM REYNOLDS – AP Basketball Writer

Quin Snyder guided the Utah Jazz to six consecutive playoff appearances, was a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year last season and won nearly 60% of his games with the franchise.

And he decided enough was enough.

Snyder resigned as Jazz coach on Sunday, ending an eight-year streak of regular-season success, but the team never made it past the second round of the playoffs during his tenure.

Snyder released a statement through the team, part of which simply said “it’s about time.”

β€œAt the heart, and what drives me every day, are our players and their passion for the game, their desire to constantly work to improve, and their dedication to the team and the Jazz,” Snyder said. “I think they need a new voice to keep evolving. That’s it. No philosophical difference, no other reason. After eight years, I feel it’s time to move on. I needed to take the time to detach myself after the season and make sure it was the right decision.

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He went 372-264 with the Jazz, his .585 winning percentage ranking 18th among NBA coaches who have worked for at least that long. He is one of only two coaches to have a winning record with the Jazz, Jerry Sloan being the other.

His decision means the Jazz will have a fourth coach in 33 years at the start of next season. Sloan was followed by Tyrone Corbin, who was followed by Snyder.

“Quin Snyder has embodied what Jazz basketball is all about for the past eight years,” said Jazz owner Ryan Smith. “The tireless work ethic and attention to detail Quin displays every day is a testament to the professionalism he is. I have nothing but admiration for Quin and respect his decision.

Snyder has been Coach of the Month four times, with the most recent of those awards coming last February. The Jazz had the best record in the NBA in the 2020-21 season, but couldn’t get past the Western Conference semifinals – part of a run where the team lost five of their six last playoffs.

And this season simply fell apart: Utah appeared to be a title contender for part of the season, starting 7-1 and standing 26-9 when the schedule moved to 2022. That all changed. somewhere along the way; the Jazz had three separate losing streaks of at least four games, and in games played after Jan. 1, it was only 25-28.

The first-round ousting continued a troubling Utah trend of regular-season success never translating to the playoffs. The Jazz were 21-30 in the playoffs under Snyder, losing three times in the first round and losing in the second round in their other three playoff appearances during his tenure.

Utah becomes the second team in the league with a current coaching opening, Charlotte being the other. And that makes Snyder’s immediate future uncertain.

He was mentioned as a possible candidate for some jobs that were open – the Los Angeles Lakers, for example, a job that ended up going to longtime assistant Darvin Ham. Snyder was even considered a potential future candidate for a job that hasn’t been opened in more than a quarter-century, that of San Antonio held by NBA winning leader Gregg Popovich.

β€œI loved my time with Quin,” jazz center Rudy Gobert at the end of this season. “We’re always going to talk about a lot of things, especially when you have disappointing endings like we’ve had this season.”

Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell offered even more enthusiastic praise for Snyder.

“I love Quin. I love Quin. Love Quin,” Mitchell said after Utah’s first-round ouster. “He’s a guy who gave me an opportunity when I got here and who trusted me, believed in me. I think he’s a guy that’s been talked about so much and he’s been stubborn, he’s been consistent throughout the year.

The coaching change could be the first step in an offseason of major changes for the Jazz.

Gobert owes $85 million over the next two years, and has a player option of $46.6 million for the 2025-26 season. Mitchell owes $67.5 million for the next two seasons, followed by a $37 million player option. Their relationship has been strained at times, dating back at least to the start of the pandemic, when Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 and Mitchell tested positive a day later. And speculation has been rife ever since about whether a dynamic goalscorer like Mitchell and a dominant defender like Gobert can be the kind of 1-2 punch that leads a championship team.

Both will be interested if the Jazz choose to make them available on the commercial market – and it’s not out of the question that either or both players could also request a move.

“There are things that could change,” Mitchell admitted at the end of the season. “I’m not ready to discuss it, to be honest with you right now. Mentally, I’m not in that state of mind to be completely honest with you. I really am not. To me, that sucks.

The first change has arrived. Snyder is gone.

“Thank you to our ever supportive and passionate fans,” Snyder said. “We only want the best for you and to see you raise a championship banner.”

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