Coach Snider is packing his bags and heading to Louisville

The news that Coach Eric Snider has been hired by the Louisville Cardinals as an assistant coach is very bittersweet indeed.  Coach Snider has been with the Illini since 1999 and has been head coach Dan Hartleb’s right-hand man since he took over.  He’s a smart baseball man and quite known for recruiting talents.  He […]

Illini baseball work up a sweat on Media Day

The temps were hovering around zero degrees this afternoon but that didn’t stop me from seeing a little baseball.  Granted, it was just practice but considering it’s January in Illinois, I was still thrilled. Reid Roper is interview by TV media.  By the way, that’s Illini Baseball Assistant Sports Information Director Matt Wille at far […]

More photos from Saturday’s Hot Stove Banquet

Just a few more fun photos I took at last night’s Fighting Illini Baseball Hot Stove Banquet.  Photo op before the event.  From left to right, Dugout Club President Jon Swenson, Chris Robinson and Coach Dan Hartleb.   Former Illini Chris Robinson and Kyle Hudson greet each other at the Banquet   The Dugout Club’s […]

Chris Robinson a hit at Fighting Illini Hot Stove Banquet

It was a snowy Saturday afternoon but that didn’t keep throngs of Illinois Baseball fans from packing the Conference Center at the I Hotel in Champaign for the 2014 Fighting Illini Hot Stove Banquet.  The room was full of excitement and fun. Former Illini catcher Chris Robinson was the keynote speaker for the night and […]

Details on the live and silent auction at this weekend’s Hot Stove Banquet!

The Fighting Illini Dugout Club has just announced the details of the live and silent auction at this weekend’s Hot Stove Banquet.  Big ticket items included in the auction are: 4 tickets for "On Field MLB Experience Package" between the New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox 4 Chicago Cubs Tickets for PNC Suite @ […]

Reminder: Annual Hot Stove Banquet is happening Jan. 18

Just a reminder that the 2014 Illinois Baseball Hot Stove Banquet is happening one week from today.  I’ll be attending this year and I’m really looking forward to it.  The Hot Stove Banquet is hosted by the University of Illinois baseball team and the Fighting Illini Dugout Club.  The headline speaker will be none other […]

Kelly Norris-Jones lands a hometown gig for the summer

It looks like Illini catcher Kelly Norris-Jones will be playing close to home for the summer of ‘14.  It was announced yesterday that Norris-Jones was among the first three signings by the Victoria (BC) HarbourCats.  The HarbourCats play in the West Coast League.  Of the three recent signings by the ‘Cats, all were local talent.  […]

Chris Robinson to headline Hot Stove Banquet January 18th

Wow, this is exciting news! Former Illini and current San Diego Padres catcher Chris Robinson is coming back to his alma mater to speak at the annual Hot Stove Banquet.  Held on January 18th and jointly sponsored by the Illinois Baseball program and The Dugout Club, the Hot Stove Banquet is considered the kickoff for […]

NWL’s Kenosha dubbed as Kingfish in celebratory unveiling

Today, the new Kenosha team in the Northwoods League unveiled their logo and name.  They will be called the Kingfish and you can find them at their new website at http://www.kingfishbaseball.com/.  From the Northwoods League website: A new era of baseball will begin at a renovated Simmons Field on May 31, 2013. The ownership of […]

Nielsen, Kolakowski are charter members of expansion team Kenosha in Northwoods League

J.D. Nielsen Zack Kolakowski Illini Zack Kolakowski and J.D. Nielsen are making history of sorts. According to the Kenosha News, they’ll be the very first players signed to the new Northwoods League team based in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  J.D. Nielsen and Zack Kolakowski made a little Kenosha baseball history on Thursday and they weren’t even in […]