Hudson moving on to coach in the minors

So far, 2017 has been good for former Illini baseball players.  In January, Shawn Roof has been given his own minor league team to manage.  Today, it was announced that former Illini player and current volunteer coach Kyle Hudson has been hired by the Lynchburg Hillcats as a bench coach.  Hudson, a former teammate of […]

No tourney but Illinois baseball ends 2016 on winning note

Illinois won their last two games against Michigan but it just wasn’t enough.  Going into the last game, their fate was in the hands of Michigan State and the Spartans let them down.  As a result, Illinois will not be going to the Big Ten Baseball Tournament next week.  This will be only the third […]

How have our Illini players done this summer? Part 1

Well, it’s almost September already.  Summer leagues have wrapped up their seasons, minor leagues are almost done and believe it or not the Cubs haven’t given up the NL Central in the MLB.  Over the next week or so, I thought I’d take a look at how some of the former and current Illini have […]

Hello and goodbye: It’s the beginning of the school year

Today is the first day of classes at the University of Illinois.  Students are getting into the swing of things here in Champaign-Urbana and that includes the returning Illinois baseball players as well as the incoming freshman.  Study hard, guys!  While there will be some new players joining the team, there are a couple of […]

Illini baseball team takes first practice of 2015

Will Krug takes his cuts in the batting cage on Friday What best way to gear up for the 2015 Illinois Baseball Hot Stove Banquet than to watch the baseball team practice?  I stopped by the Irwin Indoor Facility today and took in some of the action.  Though they have been out on the field […]

Hudson returns to Illinois Field in a coaching role

A look back:  Kyle Hudson stretches at the 2007 Big Ten Baseball Tournament Again?  Another former Illini is coming back to the Big Ten.  Two days ago, the Indiana Hoosiers hired former Illini shortstop Shawn Roof to take on the role as coach.  And now, the Illinois baseball program has just announced that former centerfielder […]

More photos from Saturday’s Hot Stove Banquet

Just a few more fun photos I took at last night’s Fighting Illini Baseball Hot Stove Banquet.  Photo op before the event.  From left to right, Dugout Club President Jon Swenson, Chris Robinson and Coach Dan Hartleb.   Former Illini Chris Robinson and Kyle Hudson greet each other at the Banquet   The Dugout Club’s […]

Chris Robinson a hit at Fighting Illini Hot Stove Banquet

It was a snowy Saturday afternoon but that didn’t keep throngs of Illinois Baseball fans from packing the Conference Center at the I Hotel in Champaign for the 2014 Fighting Illini Hot Stove Banquet.  The room was full of excitement and fun. Former Illini catcher Chris Robinson was the keynote speaker for the night and […]

Watching former Illini Kyle Hudson with the Bowie BaySox

On vacation back East, my wife and I decided to catch a Bowie BaySox game with friends in Annapolis. Of course, I know full well that Kyle Hudson is on the roster with the Double-A Oriole team and I was hoping to see him play.  Maybe even get a chance to talk with him.  Luckily, […]

Roper, Kerian key Illini comeback vs Purdue 6-4

  Reid Roper launches one to win it Last night, we had a slugfest against Purdue.  Today, there weren’t as many runs but it certainly wasn’t any less exciting.  Down by a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, David Kerian singled home the tying run and was followed up by a homerun by […]