From the Hoosiers to Kane County: former Illini Shawn Roof takes a new position

Shawn Roof with the Illini circa April 2007 Big news for former Illini shortstop Shawn Roof!  After one season as a hitting coach with the Indiana Hoosiers, Shawn has been signed as a coach for the Kane County Cougars!  The Cougars are the class-A affiliate for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Infielder Shawn Roof needs no introduction […]

How have our Illini players done this summer? Part 2

A couple days we saw how a few of our former Illini are doing this summer in the minor leagues.  Today, it’s time to take a look at the Illinois Draftee Class of 2015 and see how they are faring in their first year in the pros.    Tyler Jay Drafted 2015 Current organization: Minnesota […]

How have our Illini players done this summer? Part 1

Well, it’s almost September already.  Summer leagues have wrapped up their seasons, minor leagues are almost done and believe it or not the Cubs haven’t given up the NL Central in the MLB.  Over the next week or so, I thought I’d take a look at how some of the former and current Illini have […]

Chris Robinson is picking up the bat again for Team Canada

Chris Robinson speaking at the 2014 Hot Stove Banquet Long time Illini baseball fans will remember Chris Robinson.  He was the star catcher for Illinois from 2003-2005 and was drafted at a then-high 3rd round by the Tigers.  Between minor league stints with the Tigers and Cubs, Robbie would take his turn playing for Team […]

Hudson returns to Illinois Field in a coaching role

A look back:  Kyle Hudson stretches at the 2007 Big Ten Baseball Tournament Again?  Another former Illini is coming back to the Big Ten.  Two days ago, the Indiana Hoosiers hired former Illini shortstop Shawn Roof to take on the role as coach.  And now, the Illinois baseball program has just announced that former centerfielder […]

Former Illini Shawn Roof returns to the Big Ten

One of the most popular players in Illinois baseball recent history is coming back to the Big Ten.  Shawn Roof, who was a fan favorite during his years from 2004-2007, has accepted a job with the Indiana Hoosiers baseball team. Shawn has told me that he will be working with the infielders, hitters and will […]

Former Illini Roark helps Nats clinch NL East

Any question as to former Illini Tanner Roark’s ability to pitch under pressure has now been put to rest.  Roark’s win for Washington Wednesday night clinched the NL East for the Nats with an 87-63 record.  He did it in style too, pitching seven shutout innings and not allowing a single walk.’s wrap-up of […]

Former Illini catcher Davis joins Gators coaching staff

University of Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan announced the appointment of Lars Davis as volunteer assistant coach of the Gators baseball team.  Davis is of course, a former Illini catcher and was named Big Ten Player of the Year back in 2007.  A native of Canada, Lars Davis (shown right at the 2007 Big Ten Tournament) […]

Former Illini Roark makes a visit home

Seems former Illini pitcher Tanner Roark who is now pitching for the Washington Nationals, is making the headlines more and more.  CBS Chicago covered Roark’s return to Illinois as he took on the Chicago Cubs today.  Roark is a Wilmington High School alum so there were some friendly faces in the crowd.  Unfortunately for Roark, […]

The Fletcher Family connection

Bill Beherns did a nice feature news piece on the familial connection between former Illini legend Darrin Fletcher and his son, current right fielder Casey Fletcher. And a quick note: Tonight’s game against SIU has been postponed to Wednesday due to weather. Game time has moved up to 5pm. Tags: Casey Fletcher, darrin fletcher, weather […]