Coach Hartleb’s opening week press conference emphasizes peer leadership, flexibility

Eight floors above the snow-covered football field of Memorial Stadium, there was talk of baseball over the lunch hour.  Catcher Jason Goldstein, pitcher JD Nielsen, and head coach Dan Hartleb came to talk to the local sports media about the Illinois baseball program at the expansive media box atop of the Memorial Stadium.  I got […] unveils new web design

If you go to today, don’t be surprised to see some changes.  The entire website went through an overhaul with a site redesign.    Change is hard, even for an IT person like myself.  Sometimes it  takes some getting used to where information is on a website especially one that you visit on a regular […]

Illini begins positional previews on

Hey everyone, keep an eye on the Fighting Illini Baseball website the next couple of days.  They are doing a multimedia position-by-position preview for 2015.  Yesterday, they took a look at the backstops Jason Goldstein and Kelly Norris-Jones.  And today, we get a look at the infielders, David Kerian at 1B, Reid Roper at 2B, […]

As opening day nears, Illini Baseball press coverage continues

Opening day is less than two weeks away and I can sense it.  There’s more anticipation and press coverage to match.    Fighting Illini Athletics posted this 2014 Illinois Highlight video.  It’s simply a look back to last year’s 32-21 season with some great footage of the guys doing what they do best.  The formidable […]

Xavier visits Illinois for a four-game series

Rob McDonnell earns a spot in the weekend rotation After a quite successful home opener on Tuesday, the Illini are ready for their first home weekend of the year.  They will be hosting the Xavier Musketeers.  The Cincinnati-based team will be coming tomorrow for a four-game series.  There will be double the pleasure on Saturday […]

2013 Illini Baseball Record Book now available

The 2013 Illini Baseball Record Book is now online! I know that new assistant sports information director Matt Wille has been hard at work putting this together.  From what I can tell so far, it looks great.  There is a LOT to devour and I just started to delve into it. As in past years, […]

Official 2013 Illini Baseball poster released

This Friday, it will be three weeks left until Illini Baseball begins their season.  That’s when they start off with a three-game weekend against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. The Illini Baseball program is kicking the season off by releasing their official poster for the 2013 season.  Perhaps underscoring the youth on this team, this […]

I am interviewed by B1G Baseball’s Chris Webb

In his effort to cover the Big Ten Baseball scene, Chris Webb asked me if I could answer some questions for his blog, B1G Baseball.  No one needs to ask me twice to talk about Illini Baseball so I told him I was happy to do so. You can check out the interview here. For […]

Argo gets the good press

Former Illini outfielder draftee Willie Argo was touted in a Tampa Bay Rays prospect wrap-up on Willie Argo, Princeton (64 games), Bowling Green (five games): A largely unheralded 22nd-round pick out of Illinois in June, Argo debuted at Rookie-level Princeton and became a star in the middle of the Rays order. The 23-year-old — […]

Hohl, Parr honored by Northwoods League

Brandon Hohl Justin Parr A few congrats are in order.  The Northwoods League just issued a few post-season awards and a few Illini were mentioned. First, among their 2012 ‘Finest in the Field’ honorees was thirdbaseman Brandon Hohl who played for Wisconsin Rapids this summer.  His .973 fielding percentage was tops in the NWL.  Also, […]