How have our Illini players done this summer? Part 3

Jason Goldstein hit .323 for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League So far we’ve gotten a look at the former Illini in the minors this summer.  That included a look at the very special draftee Class of 2015 in their first summer of pro ball. However, our current Illinois baseball squad have been busy […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Chris Robinson stays positive despite short trip to the bigs

It was less than two weeks ago when it was announced that former Illini catcher Chris Robinson made the jump to the Major Leagues.  Unfortunately for Robinson, that stint lasted all of three days.  Those of us Illini fans who remember Robbie when he played for the Illini have been secretly (and maybe not so […]

Former Illini Chris Robinson joins the San Diego Padres

Robinson at the plate circa May 2005 It’s been a long journey for Chris Robinson.  The former Illinois catcher has become the second Illini to be called up to the Major Leagues in ten days.  He now reports to the San Diego Padres.  Former Illini pitcher Tanner Roark made the jump to the Nationals just […]