At least Reed didn’t pitch, and Axford is pretty... →
Fortunately or unfortunately, I did not catch Friday’s five+ hour, after midnight, 13 inning spectacle between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers. I was out volunteering at a Boy Scout camp and had no access to internet. All I could do is refresh Twitter and watch as the fans I follow react to the game. I was nervous forKerry Wood, who thankfully bounced back from 9 straight balls with a...
Flag Check Friday: Take a picture, the Cubs and... →
This is another category I’ve wanted to start but each Friday has been busy for me. I suppose I could take a look at the NL Central standings every Thursday, but then we wouldn’t have this sweet alliteration thing going on. You can view the full post here
Recap: The view from Row 25 ain’t bad →
We picked up tickets for Tuesday’s game at Miller Park against the Cincinnati Reds using the Milwaukee Brewers’ we win, you win promotion. For every “W” they collect in a month, they take that many dollars off select games for a series. 11 April victories meant our Terrace Reserved seats sold for five bucks. You can view the full post here
Recap: Literally the best game I’ve ever been to →
Today was literally the best game I’ve ever been to. This game recap is very long and kind of wordy, but I want to be able to remember everything that went on years down the road. You can view the full post here
Emma Award 5: Jed Lowrie →
After Ryan Braun’s historic and stellar performance early last week (a three home run game, the first ever at Petco Park), I thought he might be taking home the fifth Emma Award. But two other players (Pedro Alvarez and Jed Lowrie) had big weeks, making this post particularly hard to write. You can view the full post here
Happy Birthday, Ryan Dempster →
Today is Ryan Dempster‘s 35th birthday. As a present, he got another no decision. #FireMarmol keeps popping up on my Twitterfeed. 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Once again, happy birthday to one of my favorite Cubs. #FireMarmol… You can view the full post here
Rival Report 5/3: Wainwright wins, Braun’s trinity... →
I tuned in just in time (thanks Twitter) to see Jered Weaver finish off his first career no-hitter. I’m pretty sure the only no-hitter I saw from beginning to end was Carlos Zambrano‘s gem at Miller Park against the Houston Astros a few years back. My friend Gallia was in the stands, and I was very jealous. You can view the full post here
UWM: Tenth annual Student Achievement Awards honor... →
Over 20 individuals and student organizations were honored at the 10th Annual Student Achievement Awards. The awards were presented by Center of Student Involvement Director Eric Jessup-Anger and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Michael Laliberte last Monday. You can view the full post here
Top Freebies: Early May →
I love baseball promotions, and this is a feature I’ve wanted to start doing to awhile now. There’s a soft spot in my heart for bobbleheads, but teams are concocting more creative giveaways each year and this is Baseblog’s way to highlight them. Twice a month I’ll do a “Top Freebies” post in which the top giveaways in the division are highlighted. “Early (Month)” means specials before the 15th,...
Tony La Russa’s number to be retired →
Wow, just as I was working on a post about this month’s giveaways and special promotions, some big news was dropped. The St. Louis Cardinals already had a figurine giveaway scheduled for May 11th in honor of their recently retired manager Tony La Russa, which you can read more about in a future “Top Freebies” post. Now they’ve added a special pre-game ceremony to the night in which they will...
Rival Report 5/1: Recylcin’ Reds, beer tent... →
Last night was pretty good for me. I hung out with a few close friends watching the Chicago Cubs game, waiting to hear back from the UWM Post on my application for the Assistant News Editor job. Even though the Cubs lost, I personally felt like they had a chance during the top of the 9th – something that couldn’t be said about this team before. You can view the full post here.
Tumblr: Baseblog apology.
Baseblog’s tumblr ambassador would like to issue an apology to our tumblr followers. Due to starting a new job and finals week, she has been seriously slacking on updating Baseblog’s tumblr. Well, prepare for a whole slew of wonderful Baseblog posts! -Stephanie
Emma Award 4: Jay Bruce →
While an NL Central player has finally dethroned the St. Louis Cardinals on their monopoly of Emma Awards, this week’s recipient also dons a red uniform every day at work. Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds has claimed the fourth Emma Award. You can view the full post here
Recap: Brewers, Axford hold on for Monday night... →
I’ve got to be honest, the first game I attended of the 2012 regular season was probably the least attention I’ve ever paid when visiting a big league ballpark. It was more about spending some time with my friends (six of them, to be precise) and taking in the feeling of being surrounded by baseball fans once again. That’s probably why I’ve waited until Friday morning to put out the recap – I...
Rival Report 4/26: Arm injuries, Plush-Campana... →
Remember these? Let’s take a look at what’s been going on in the NL Central. Now presenting your first Rival Report in a few weeks. Let’s talk to it: Former Chicago Cubs reliever Sean Marshall is getting the opportunity to close ballgames, and according to Cincinnati Reds reporter Mark Sheldon, he’s getting the job done. The lefty has struck out 10 and collected 4 saves so far in 2012. You...
Emma Award 3: Carlos Beltran →
The St. Louis Cardinals keep rolling as Carlos Beltran earns this week’s Emma Award, following suit with David Freese in week one and Lance Lynn in week two. And these picks are all coming from a huge Chicago Cubs fan. You can view the full post here
Blog: Over 100 standard images added →
Not much of an update, but Baseblog’s posts are going to have a little more consistency in the future. I’ve just finished uploading over 100 images of ballplayers, front office executives, logos, team matchups and some fun little pictures that will be used in future posts. All are 250 x 250 in size and fit nicely on the side of a blog post You can view the full post here
UWM: Scholarship suspensions and a profile →
The Academic Achievement Leadership Award and the Chancellor’s Scholarship for Diversity and Leadership are facing cuts in the amount of awards they give out. Reductions of these renewable awards for incoming freshmen may reach up to 74.2 percent. Besides completing a thorough screening process, recipients of the two scholarships must complete a set amount of community service, ranging from 20...
Emma Award 2: Lance Lynn →
The St. Louis Cardinals stand atop the NL Central following the second full week. They have the only winning record at 6-3, followed by the .500 ball Houston Astros (4-4). Two of those wins are courtesy of Baseblog’s second Emma Award recipient. Lance Lynn made two starts last week and is 2-0 on the season with a 1.50 earned run average. The right-hander tosses 6 and 2/3 to beat the Milwaukee...
OOTP Baseball 13 satisfies →
As a completely obsessed fan of the game, I’m always looking for the next thing to satisfy my need for baseball. Video games, simulations, fantasy leagues, board games, memorabilia, books, DVDs, TV shows, everything. I have especially come to enjoy the management simulations. I love playing the armchair GM or even the big league manager, even more than virtually swinging the bat...
Blog: Introducing Baseblog Memorabilia →
Are you a Baseblog fan? Are you a addicted to online shopping? Are you shirtless? Then you’ll just love … Baseblog Memorabilia! You can view the full post here
UWM: SA turmoil complicates election →
The upcoming Student Association election has changed dramatically after the Independent Election Commission’s last-minute decision to remove the ICONIC party from the ballot, days before they are distributed to students’ email accounts. You can view the full post here
Emma Award 1: David Freese →
Before I get into my thoughts on Opening Day, my OOTP Baseball 13 review and a few more predictions, I wanted to kick off what is going to become a regular piece here at Baseblog. Now introducing… The Emma Award! That’s right, every week (most likely on Sunday) I’ll award one player in the NL Central with the Emma Award in recognition for their performance that week. So who is taking home...
Opening night - tonight! →
Here you have the final player for the Opening Day countdown. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins kick things off tonight at 6:05pm Central. I know I’ll be tuning in. BASEBALL! You can view the full post here
Baseblog’s 2012 NL Central Predictions: Standings →
What would a baseball blog be without a couple of preseason predictions? I’ve already gone position by position in the division and given my picks for who I’d want on my roster in 2012, but those didn’t include pitchers and still don’t give a whole representation of how a team is going to do. Below I’ve outlined my predictions for the division this season. Feel free to give your...
Counting Down To Opening Day →
I promised, and here’s the delivery. When I first released the pre-Opening Day schedule (which was subject to change, I should have noted), there were seven days left. Now there’s only two. As promised, here are some NL Central uniform numbers counting down to Opening Day. You can view the full post here
Position Prerankings: RF, SS, 2B →
Note: In the mini-series “Position Prerankings,” I’ll go position-by-position for each team in the NL Central and say which projected starter I’d rather have on my team this season, along with a runner up and honorable mention. It should be noted that we’re only talking this year’s production, so age, contract status, likeability of the player as a person, etc is not counted. A busy weekend has...
Blog: Home Run Derby Update →
It was my intention to host the 1st Annual Baseblog Home Run Derby. Unfortunately, I now announce, that it will not happen. Signups were slow and the season is starting so I’m going to call off the tournament for this year. You can view the full post here
Blog: Week 'til Opening Day Schedule →
My vacation lasted a little longer than expected (well, the fun in another city didn’t, I still had to return Sunday night. The vacation from blogging, however, did). But we’ve got just seven days until baseball in America kicks off. In honor of a week until more baseball, here’s a decent picture of former St. Louis Cardinal Mark DeRosa, #7. I’ll count down the days until Opening Day with a...
On Vacation →
Baseblog will be back in full force Monday. The season is almost here! In the mean time, be sure to sign up for the Baseblog Home Run Derby! Just click Cano on the side. You can view the full post here
Position Prerankings: First Base →
Who is on first in the NL Central Division? It used to be a long-time pack of superstars, but Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, and Derrek Lee have moved on. Joey Votto remains and Lance Berkman has switched squads, but this group of players lacks the absolute stud-ness of its former glory. It’s hard to replace Prince and Prince Albert. You can view the full post here
Position Prerankings: Third Base →
Note: In the mini-series “Position Prerankings,” I’ll go position-by-position for each team in the NL Central and say which projected starter I’d rather have on my team this season, along with a runner up and honorable mention. It should be noted that we’re only talking this year’s production, so age, contract status, likeability of the player as a person, etc is not counted. My number one pick...
Baseball and the Ides of March →
Yesterday, March 15th, was the Ides of March. I know this pretty much only because my girlfriend is taking a Cleopatra class this semester, and I saw a tweet from Brett Taylor at Bleacher Nation with the hashtag#HailSzczur. Later, Brett tweeted again saying that Chicago Cubs prospect Matt Szczur had been sent to minor league camp. (For those of you that don’t know, Szczur’s last name is...
Brett Jackson confirms what we already know →
Tyler Colvin struggled last year and is now playing for the Colorado Rockies, and Andrew Cashner was shipped off to the San Diego Padres for a new piece to the three headed puzzle of youth. The hopes and dreams of Cubs fans now lie in Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson. So couple Jackson’s abilities with this thought for the future and you’ve got a pretty likable guy. You can view the...
Position Prerankings: Center Field →
Note: In the mini-series “Position Prerankings,” I’ll go position-by-position for each team in the NL Central and say which projected starter I’d rather have on my team this season, along with a runner up and honorable mention. It should be noted that we’re only talking this year’s production, so age, contract status, likeability of the player as a person, etc is not counted. Center field is...
Blog: Join the 1st Annual Baseblog Homerun Derby →
Looking for an extra fantasy baseball league this offseason? Then you’re in luck, because I would like to announce the first annual Baseblog Home Run Derby You can view the full post here
Position Prerankings: Catcher →
Note: In the mini-series “Position Prerankings,” I’ll go position-by-position for each team in the NL Central and say which projected starter I’d rather have on my team this season, along with a runner up and honorable mention. It should be noted that we’re only talking this year’s production, so age, contract status, likeability of the player as a person, etc is not counted. The division’s...
Blog: Like us on Facebook →
This is just a friendly reminder to “like” Baseblog on Facebook by clicking the link above to make sure you don’t miss any of the NL Central action. The baseball season is right around the corner, so you want to make sure you are prepared. You can view the full post here
Position Prerankings: Left Field →
With 27 days until Opening Day, it’s about time to start making predictions, projections, and rankings. In the mini-series “Position Prerankings,” I’ll go position-by-position for each team in the NL Central and say which projected starter I’d rather have on my team this season, along with a runner up and honorable mention. It should be noted that we’re only talking this year’s production, so...
MLB 12: The Show Live-Blog →
Today is the day! MLB 12: The Show for PS3 comes out today, and I’m very excited. As of right now, my package is in Sturtevant, Wisconsin and is scheduled to arrive by 10:30am Central. I’ll do a complete playthrough of every mode, team, etc today and give my thoughts as they happen right here on this blog post. For fun, I’ve avoided a lot of research before today so I can experience everything...
UWM: UW-Mardi Gras →
The show had many unique acts and included lots of audience participation. One stunt by Pinkerton involved a condom-wrapped ice pick being hammered up his nose by a student. Upon removing the pick, the condom stayed, and Pinkerton threaded it through his mouth. A whip show sliced sticks in two out of a performer’s mouth and a belly dancer balanced a teapot on her head while twirling on one foot....
"The Show" liveblogging coming Tuesday →
On Tuesday, March 6th, starting from the moment I get my copy of MLB 12: The Show in the mail, I’ll be liveblogging about my experience. I don’t have the equipment or the voice to do a video, but I still have typing skills and this blog! I’ll keep playing and typing until I run out of things to say or I fall asleep. You can view the full post here
I feel like Derek Holland →
I got my tonsils and adenoids taken out yesterday. A quick Google search tells me the last notable Major Leaguer to get his tonsils removed was Derek Holland in 2010. So, I’ve got that going for me. You can view the full post here
Two Favorite Spring Stories and Getting Back To... →
As the season inches closer, I’m going to be getting back to blogging. As you have probably noticed, most of my posts lately have been categorized UWM – mainly articles I have written for the UWM Post. It’s been a great fun experience, but I don’t want Baseblog to go to the wayside. I’ll be having surgery on March 2nd to get my tonsils and enflamed adenoids removed, so I took a week off of...
UWM: A Thursday ride-along with BOSS →
Last Thursday, I was given the opportunity to experience an evening with BOSS firsthand. The service is funded by segregated fees and gives students and faculty rides within their boundaries every night between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. The goal of the evening was to discover and bring light to how the program operates, both from behind the scenes and in the vans with passengers. According to Gomez,...
UWM: Rethinking BOSS →
Be On the Safe Side is currently evaluating the services they provide to the student body. The assessment comes as part of a push for self-reflection throughout Student Life and Development units. The safe transportation service was created in 2000, and has experienced little change in operations or boundaries since. Anthony Gomez was first involved with the program in 2002, serving as a driver...
Headlines You May Have Missed — February →
Note: It’s been almost three weeks since I’ve blogged baseball here. Since then, MichiganGoat has claimed his prize (congratulations!) just in time for the Swimsuit issue. Heh. After almost a week of birthday celebration and a focus on homework and writing for the UWM Post, Baseblog is back. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been keeping up with baseball lately. This lull right before...
UWM: Architecture Students Design Wausau's New... →
A division of UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning has finished designs for a riverfront property in Wausau, Wis. A team of students from Community Design Solutions presented their vision to the city during an open house on Jan. 16. You can view the full post here
UWM: New University Website Goes Live →
Note: Occasionally here on Baseblog, you’ll see posts marked “Blog” or “UWM.” Since this site is both a following of the NL Central and a place for me to practice writing, every so often I’ll post things not necessarily related to baseball. Posts marked as “Blog” are simply about the site itself (updates, announcements, etc). Posts marked as “UWM” will be news from my school, UW-Milwaukee,...
Blog: And The Winner Is… →
Wow, what a month for Baseblog! I’ve posted every day for the past two weeks straight, trying to pump up theSports Illustrated giveaway. I’ve enjoyed putting together the Reliving SI Covers mini-series, but I’m ready to get back to posting Rival Reports, Bobblehead Days, and general NL Central news as we inch closer to Spring Training. But before I put this giveaway completely to bed, why not...