It was about time for a banner change

With much hesitation, I changed the banner of IBR.  I really liked the photo that was up there before (shown above).  It wasn’t the sharpest image but boy, there was a lot of action and the expression on every guy’s face face is unique and priceless.  And what’s with Corey Kimes and the backwards jersey?  […]

Corey Kimes looks hard core on his baseball card…

… but that’s what we expect from him.  Former Illini Kimes played with the Elizabethton (TN) Twins in the Appalachian Rookie League last year.  Tags: corey kimes, minor leagues Related posts Hudson moving on to coach in the minors (0) Former Illini Roof taking charge of Class A Hillsboro Hops (0) Summertime fun for current […]

Illinois “does it right” say 2011 draftees

Yesterday, Illini Baseball Sports Information Director Ben Taylor posted a great article on the Fighting Illini website entitled Recent Draftees Say Illinois ‘Does It Right’.  The piece is about Josh Parr, Corey Kimes and Adam Davis (left) and their transition from college ball to the pros. All three having nothing but good things to say […]

Orange and Blue World Series is in full swing

Illini freshman David Kerian rounds third base for the Blue team I’ve spent the last two afternoons at the ballpark and it’s a joy to see an Illinois  baseball game even if it’s just a scrimmage among the team. It’s nice to see the new guys… the freshmen and transfers who will help the team […]

Illini Draft Class of 2011: what minor league teams are they on now?

By now, those members of the 2011 Illinois baseball team who were drafted and signed are getting used the minor league system and how it works.  In some cases, players have been shuffling from one level to another. Case in point, I saw Adam Davis’ tweet today that he is leaving for Aberdeen to play […]

Kimes, Pack get inked by MLB clubs

Corey Kimes Chris Pack There were two more signings of Illini players this weekend. Corey Kimes inked a contract with the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.  Kimes was picked in the 18th round by the Twins.  He’ll report to the Fort Myers (Fla) Miracle in the Florida State League which is a single-A advanced league. Also, […]

Davis, Kimes and Parr drafted in day 2 of the MLB draft

Three Illini (and one Illini recruit) were drafted today, the second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.   Adam Davis Position Catcher Round/Overall Pick 11th/335 MLB Team Baltimore Orioles   Josh Parr Position Shortstop Round/Overall Pick 12th/364 MLB Team Arizona Diamondbacks   Corey Kimes Position Pitcher Round/Overall Pick 18th/568 MLB Team Minnesota […]

Illini baseball team welcomed back to town

The Illini baseball team rolled back into town yesterday and were welcomed back by a crowd of fans and some local media.     Matt Dittman had the proof in the pudding in his hands in the form of the Tournament Trophy. Thanks to the Dugout Club’s John Santas who I think pulled this all […]

Six Illini placed on All-Tournament Team

From all communications from Columbus, the mood is obviously high in the Illini camp.  Let me say from someone who has covered this team for the last five years, I’ve never seen a team put it together the way this Illinois team has.  Between you, me, and the Internet, I wasn’t sure what this team […]

To the Regionals! Illinois wins the Big Ten Tournament!

In their second straight game against Michigan State, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini baseball team clinched their first Big Ten Tournament championship since 2000 by defeating the Spartans 9-1. Starting pitcher Corey Kimes threw a career high 9 innings and seven strikeouts and seemed to have the Spartans fooled.  Giving up no walks on […]