Former Illini Roof taking charge of Class A Hillsboro Hops

One of my all-time favorite Illini athletes is on the road to beginning to make the big time.  Early last month, it was announced that former Illinois shortstop Shawn Roof will be head coach of the Hillsboro Hops, the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Diamondbacks this year.  Roof will take the reins with […]

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 […]

Bleacher Bum BBQ kicks off 3-game set against Indiana this weekend

Jason Goldstein hopes to keep his 12-game hit streak alive against Indiana Friday night’s annual Bleacher Bum BBQ will kick off a three-game weekend series between the #11 Fighting Illini (30-6-1, 8-1) and the Indiana Hoosiers (21-13, 5-6 Big Ten).  With their 14-2 home record and 11 straight wins, Illinois hopes to solidify their claim […]

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 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 […]

Update on Shawn Roof acquisition by the Orioles

A week or two ago, I posted an article about former Illini infielder Shawn Roof getting picked up by the Baltimore Oriole organization.  Now, it seems like there is more to the story. I exchanged communication with Shawn before the holidays and he tells me that the Orioles did sign him but he’ll be coming […]

Roof signs minor league contract with Orioles

More good news for a former Illini baseball player.  For the second time in as many weeks, an Illinois alum signed a new minor league contract with an organization. This time it was Shawn Roof.  From Baseball America: Baltimore Orioles Signed: RHP Adam Russell, C Jose Gil, C Jim Vahalik (Washington (Frontier)), 2B Shawn Roof, […]

‘Popular’ Roof gets them to the ballpark

I don’t think anyone who remembers the Shawn Roof era of Illini baseball will be too surprised by this.  But it is a testament to the former Illinois shortstop’s infectious personality. Essentially, Roof’s former minor league team, the Erie SeaWolves are marketing his return to Erie, as an opponent, to get fans to the park.  […]

ex-Illini Roof back playing AA ball for the ‘Wolves

Some fans passed on this photo of former Illini Shawn Roof.  They saw Shawn play on August 4th when he was playing for the single-A Lakeland (Fla) Flying Tigers. The good news is that Shawn has been promoted to Double-A since then.  After hitting .348 in 14 games for Lakeland, he’s swinging the bat once […]

Former Illini shortstop Shawn Roof answers questions from his fans

Former Illini shortstop Shawn Roof, who played for the AAA Toledo Mudhens in 2010, left a Illini legacy that will not soon be forgotten.  Sure there are the on-the-field accomplishments.  In his senior year in 2007, he broke the team single season record for steals and hit by pitches.  By the end of his college […]