Kravetz takes Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors

With the three game sweep of the Wildcats this weekend, I had a feeling the Big Ten was going to throw an award the Illini’s way this week.  Sure enough, John Kravetz was named Pitcher of the Week.  He becomes the second Illini to receive the award.  Kevin Duchene was dubbed Pitcher of the Week […]

Former Illini Shawn Roof meets up with brother Jonathan this spring

I ran across this photo on my Facebook feed.  It was posted by former Illini Shawn Roof and with his permission, I’m re-posting it here.  Shawn (right) has been a fan favorite wherever he plays and I know Illinois Baseball fans would love to see that he’s still in a baseball uniform. Currently, Shawn is […]

Former Illini Argo named Tampa Bay minor league All-Star

Honestly, did we expect any less from Willie Argo when he was here?  The former Illini outfielder who graduated in 2012, is making headlines in the minor league system in the Tampa Bay organization.  This time he’s made their list as one of the Rays’ Organization All-Stars in 2013.  He’s listed at the first among […]

Chris Robinson hits his first homer for the Padres

After five hitless pinch hit at-bats with the San Diego Padres, former Illini catcher Chris Robinson got his due in the last game of the season. Robinson (seen left during his Illini days) made it count as it was a three-run dinger in his Padres’ 12-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Probably almost as important […]

Tanner Roark being compared to the best… but just let him pitch

Now it’s getting to the point where I hope the pressure doesn’t get to former Illini Tanner Roark…   pressure from the media as well as his coaching staff. From Nationals Pastime: Not only did (Nationals manager Davey) Johnson say that he views Roark above Jordan, who had a very impressive rookie season in his own […]

Former Illini Tanner Roark hits 7-0 for Nats

With a 7-0 record, Tanner Roark is quickly climbing the lists of former Illini pitchers with most wins.  No doubt, this is the quickest start any of them has gotten off to in such a short time.  Roark has won his seven games in just over a month.  His first game for the Nationals was […]

Tanner Roark: climbing the ranks of former U of I hurlers

It isn’t taking former Illini Tanner Roark long.  After just one month with the Washington Nationals, he already ranks 14th all-time among pitchers who hailed from the University of Illinois with five wins.   Rk From To W ▾ L W-L% 1 Ken Holtzman 1965 1979 174 150 .537 2 Cy Falkenberg 1903 1917 130 […]

Former Illini Roark drawing some favorable comparisons in the bigs

Former Illini pitcher Tanner Roark is now 5-0 with a microscopic 0.94 ERA since being called up by the Washington Nationals last month.  More importantly, he earning glowing praise from his teammates AND his manager, Davey Johnson.  After his latest victory on Saturday, a six inning scoreless effort, Johnson drew some complimentary comparisons to Roark, […]

Robbie recalled!

Just forget about my heartfelt article regarding former Illini catcher Chris Robinson who got demoted to the minors on August 17th.  It seems that the Padres have had a change of heart.  They’ve recalled him just in time for the big league roster expansion.  At the time of the most recent call-up, Robbie was hitting […]

Former Illini Willie Argo helps Stone Crabs to FSL playoffs

Congrats to former Illini outfielder Willie Argo and his Class A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs teammates.  They clinched a spot in the 2013 Florida State League postseason with a 38-27 record in the second half of the season.      Argo had a banner year for the Stone Crabs.  He hit .304 with 37 stolen […]