Illinois baseball win home opener vs Chicago State 7-3

Six shutout innings gets Rob McDonnell his first win There’s always something special about the Illinois baseball home opener no matter what the weather.  While it was a little rainy at the start of the game against Chicago State, it was a balmy 47 degrees.  Not only that, by the time the game ended, the […]

Parr brothers help Peoria Chiefs with tornado relief online auction

The Cardinals’ Class A affiliate Peoria Chiefs are holding an online auction to benefit those affected by the recent tornado damage in Central Illinois.  "The response on the auction front has been outstanding," said Chiefs director of media relations and baseball operations Nathan Baliva. Items up for auction range from a baseball signed by Hall […]

Parr bros join forces on single-A Hillsboro Hops

Oregonlive.com has feature article on the two Parr brothers… no, not Justin and Jordan but Jordan and older brother, Josh (left).  The two Chillicothe, Illinois natives are now paired up on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ single-A affiliate Hillsboro Hops.  Big brother Josh is excited to play with Jordan: "I was, one, shocked, and two, excited I […]

Argo, Parr finishing out 2012 well in minors

Former Illini Willie Argo is doing his best to keep his Princeton Rays in the race.  They’re chasing after a wild card spot in the Appalachian League.  Willie (left in his Orange and Blue days) is doing his part, hitting .400 in his last 10 games including a 9 for 17 stint in four straight […]

Former Illini start July hot in minor league play

Some former Illini in minors are starting out the month of July hot, it seems.  Monday was especially productive for U of I alum as a total of four had a key rbi hit that night. Josh Parr’s bat helped win the game for the Yakima Bears (Class A Diamondbacks) on Monday night.  His rbi […]

Off-season wrap up: Elder Parr raps 4 hits in A ball

Former Illini shortstop Josh Parr had a fantastic game last night in Class A ball.  Parr (left) showed his little brothers, Justin and Jordan how it’s done in the minors when he rapped out four hits for the South Bend Silver Hawks in their 11-6 victory over the Drayton Dragons. Parr’s hitting just below the […]

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 […]

Illini get a special visitor at practice today

I stopped by practice again today after work.  I’m glad I did because I ran into my friend John Santas from the Dugout Club.  John always makes watching baseball that much more fun. There was a special visitor at today’s practice at Illinois Field.  Josh Parr, who was drafted just this summer by the Arizona […]

Plenty of post-season action for former Illini

It looks like the Illini are representin’ in minor league playoff action in 2011. Joe Bonadonna (left, with the Illini) and the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins Single-A) are seeing playoff action for the first time in 12 years.  They did in style too.  They won 13 of their last 15 games to win their South Atlantic […]

Tilson signs with Cardinals, update on Parr injury

On Monday, Illini recruit Charlie Tilson finally made his decision and he chose to sign with the St Louis Cardinals who drafted him in this year’s MLB draft.  It might not have been an easy decision to make but the $1.275 million may have helped the 79th round outfielder make that decision a little easier. […]