Saturday, April 06, 2013

Prospects Plus: Lakewood's Roman Quinn

Name: Roman Quinn
Team: Lakewood BlueClaws
Position: Shortstop
Prospect Status: Second ranked prospect in Phillies organization
Friday vs. Kannapolis: 2 for 5 (video highlights of his performance Friday below).

Positive: The perfect replacement for Jimmy Rollins.Quinn has excellent speed and that showed on a bunt base hit he picked up during the game on Friday night. Last year he stole 30 bases in short season ball. His speed impacts all aspects of the game. Has developed into a solid switch hitter.

Negatives: His positioning on defense can be questions as well as his foot work. He is never going to hit for a huge power. He is still three years away from making the big show. He is a high risk high reward type of prospect, according to Baseball America.

Professional Tailgating: Baseball is here

On Friday night the Only Time Will Tell Tailgating crew returned to the Lakewood Blueclaws. The gang now has a right game plan. Here are some of the sites and sounds from the game.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Thank you Tim

First of all I'm not a huge Rutgers basketball fan, but am I a season Rutgers football ticket holder for the last seven years. So today has been hard for me. The president of the school decided to fire Tim Pernetti as athletic director in wake the Mike Rice mess.

Three years ago, a friend of mine, who's son was a corner back on the team, made the six hour trip up to Syracuse to see the game. Before the game we stopped at the Varsity for lunch, while we where eating lunch Pernetti stopped by and sat down to talk. Sure a lot of the talk focus on family and thing likes that. Pernetti did not have to stop and talk he could have just walked by and continued on his way, but that is not who he is. I know that former AD Bob Mulcahy would have never done that. 

Every game day, Pernetti would greets the team getting off the bus right before the Scarlet Walk. He was part of the family. Not an outsider and that is why people loved him on that campus. And lets not forget, Tim helped lead the school from what potential could be an athletic abyss and joining the Big 10. 

Since coming back to Rutgers, Pernetti has transformed Athletics making several key coaching hires in various sports. He has further helped Rutgers to generate new sources of revenue in venue naming rights concessions, Nike merchandise and corporate hospitality and tailgating Rutgers Block Party. 

Sure he did not handle the Mike Rice situation that well but one mistake does not shape a career. As a fan of Rutgers football, I will always be thankful for what Tim did for us and in 2014 when we first host our Big 10 game I will as they say pour some out for Tim. Thanks again Tim. 

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Mike Rice is not the only one

So Mike Rice is now out at Rutgers but is he really the only coach in America that has done this. I think not.  Just look around college sports and you will see more of the same. The outstanding blog, Outkick the Coverage, breaks down Coaches Gone Wild and the point is very simple, this happens all over the place and Rice is not the only one.

Prospects Plus: Colin Moran

Name: Colin Moran
School: North Carolina
Prospect Status: 2013 draft eligible
Position: 3B
Monday night vs. Clemson: 1 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI

Positives: Watched him during his game against Clemson on Monday night. During his first at bat Moran showed a good eye in drawing a walk. During his second at bat Moran hit an opposite field home run, nice powering going the other way. If a team drafts him, they are drafting a bat. Moran is one of the best pure hitters in his class and his bat has the potential to carry him a long way at the next level. While power development will eventually play a large role in how successful he is as a hitter, the pure hitting tools are evident and he has the statistics to back them up

Weakness: Moran isn't exceptional defensively and he won't be anything more than average at third base at the next level. 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Really people

So Louisville is going to Final Four after being Duke. But the bigger story is Cards Guard Kevin Ware breaking his leg in a horrific accident. People took to twitter to show support for him but other took to twitter to make fun of the situation. Those people should be banned from social media for life.