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  1. More on the story. Quite an honor since only one LHP and one RP were selected. Props to the fans who voted. Former Texas stars Greg Swindell and Huston Street were two of the three pitchers named to ESPN’s Greatest All-Time College Baseball Team on Tuesday. Swindell was the fan-selected team’s left-handed pitcher. Street made the cut as the lone reliever. Swindell and Street’s selections come nearly three weeks after Cat Osterman, who is also a left-handed pitcher, represented Texas on ESPN’s all-time softball squad. Street secured 32.4% of the votes for relievers and earned a decisive victory over ex-Wichita State closer Darren Dreifort (16.6%). Swindell (28.5% ) beat out Vanderbilt’s David Price (25.1%) and Michigan’s Jim Abbott (13.9%) in the category for left-handed pitchers. Swindell pitched at Texas from 1984-86. He went 43-8 with a 1.92 ERA. His 501 strikeouts and 14 shutouts are still career records at UT. Swindell was an All-American during each of his three years on campus. No Longhorn has saved more games than Street, who closed out 41 save situations from 2002-04. His five career saves at the College World Series are also a record for that event. Street was the MVP of the 2002 College World Series. Swindell and Street, who have both had their numbers retired at Texas, were two of the 10 Longhorns on the ballot for ESPN’s all-time team. Roger Clemens almost gave UT a clean sweep of the pitching categories. But with 22.9% of the vote, Clemens finished second among right-handed pitchers to LSU’s Ben McDonald (30%). ESPN’s All-Time College Baseball Team RHP Ben McDonald (LSU) LHP Greg Swindell (Texas) RP Huston Street (Texas) 1B Will Clark (Mississippi State) 2B Todd Walker (LSU) SS Alex Bregman (LSU) 3B Robin Ventura (Oklahoma State) LF Barry Bonds (Arizona State) CF J.D. Drew (Florida State) RF Joe Carter (Wichita State) C Buster Posey (Florida State) TWO-WAY John Olerud (Washington State) https://www.hookem.com/2020/07/01/texas-swindell-street-acknowledged-espn-unveils-time-baseball-team/
  2. Good to see Brett Boswell in the mix. Been playing 2B, AA, Rockies' orgn. The Texas baseball program will have nine of its alumni vying for playing time in the major leagues this summer. With Major League Baseball looking to start its 2020 season by the end of July, attention has shifted to the resumption of a spring training that was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. Each of MLB’s 30 teams had the opportunity to put together a 60-man player pool by the end of this past weekend. Not all of the players in the pool will appear in the big leagues this season, but they will be eligible to play. According to MLB.com, every franchise will start the regular season with 30 players on its roster. That number will be cut to 28 after two weeks and 26 players after 29 days. Every team can travel with a three-player “taxi squad” once the regular season begins. Here are the ex-Longhorns who were placed in a 60-man pool: Nationals C Tres Barrera Giants 1B Brandon Belt Rockies INF Bret Boswell Rays RHP John Curtiss Brewers RHP Corey Knebel Angels LHP Hoby Milner Reds OF Mark Payton Angels LHP Dillon Peters Red Sox RHP Brandon Workman Belt (2012, 2014), Workman (2013, 2018) and Barrera (2019) have all won World Series rings since they left Texas. Curtiss, Milner and Peters have experience in the major leagues. Knebel was an all star in 2017. Looking for a chance to make their MLB debuts this summer will be Payton and Boswell. https://www.hookem.com/2020/06/29/ex-longhorns-resume-spring-training-mlb-works-way-back-coronavirus-hiatus/
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    2020 Rain Thread

    Hi phd Any model for this dust to predict length of time in area ? Thanks !
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    Saban and Bama

    Very well done vid ! Props to 'Bama and Saban.
  5. CDC's Forty Acres Insider pays tribute to the anniversary (22 Jun) of the National Championship vs SCarolina in 2002. At :022 the late, great James Street walks down to the field with Horns' Up. RIP, Slick ! https://texassports.com/news/2020/6/23/forty-acres-insider-june-23.aspx
  6. The recs above for tart cherry juice and pickle juice are good. Do you have an exercise program to include stretching ? Good info on the 'net about stretching.
  7. Hope so, best of luck to Kam. The skill is there, perfecting is the key. Should be noted he graduated (3 years) in May (Corporate Communications)
  8. As it should be, good decision. Good Luck to Duke, enjoyed watching him play. Graduated in May with Todd, Petrinsky, and Zubia. Drafted in 20th rd in '17 by Padres, Dad played for the Diamondbacks. While they will certainly benefit the team, Todd and Petrinsky will not likely improve their draft status in '21, one reason is their age. Much uncertainty about the '21 draft, very likely reduced rounds. If you aspire to play at the next level, go for it.
  9. This ! Not only great for Elder, but great for the program to have a top 5 draft pick.
  10. Looks like there may be Summer baseball if Corona doesn't interfere. ROUND ROCK — There will be baseball games at Dell Diamond this summer. The Round Rock Express, with their Triple-A season shuttered, will field a temporary expansion team in the Texas Collegiate League, team officials announced Thursday. Ten teams are expected to play a 30-game season from June 30 to Aug. 2 with college-eligible players. Teams will be located in Round Rock, San Antonio, Bryan/College Station, Amarillo, Frisco, Victoria, Texarkana, Tulsa, Okla., and Lafayette, La. And Amarillo might have two squads. Players with remaining college eligibility will make up the rosters, pulling from regional talent. Most traditional summer leagues have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Express will sell tickets for Texas Collegiate League games. Prices will be announced next week. They can have fans up to 25% capacity of Dell Diamond under social-distancing measures in place. Round Rock is planning theme nights, promotions and concession sales for its 15 home games, according to club officials. https://www.statesman.com/sports/20200611/play-ball-express-will-field
  11. Good Luck, Bryce ! (excerpts) (Parker Joe advanced to Class A in the Angels orgn, did ok, listed as voluntarily retired, likely injury. Great person, may be governor of California someday or star in remake of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, could go either way) 🙂 What does one do in the days leading up to the MLB draft? If you’re Texas pitcher Bryce Elder, you golf. You prepare for a watch party with your family. And you head over to your grandmother’s home to mow the lawn because even a potential draft pick has chores to handle. For the past three years, Elder has mowed down batters as a member of UT’s pitching staff. On either Wednesday or Thursday, he could hear his name called in the MLB’s abbreviated five-round draft. “The way that the coronavirus ended the season, it made for a long time before the draft where you really can’t control anything,” Elder said this week. “I’m just trying to find ways to get better even though we can’t play. Wherever the chips fall, they do. I trust that’s what’s supposed to happen and we’ll move forward from there and see where it goes.” Will Elder be one of the 160 players selected this week? He believes so. MLB.com lists the 6-2, 200-pound right-hander as the draft’s 109th-best prospect Texas freshman Pete Hansen called Elder the “greatest leader I’ve ever played with.” UT coach David Pierce listed him as “one of the best pitchers that’s ever pitched for me.” According to Elder, the strides he’s taken over the past few years can partially be credited to working with Santa Barbara Foresters manager Bill Pintard in summer ball. He has attempted to emulate the on-mound demeanor of Parker Joe Robinson, who was a reliever and redshirt junior at Texas when Elder was a self-described high-strung freshman. “The way he went about things was way more relaxed than I’d ever seen it,” Elder said. “He didn’t care what happened when he was out there. He didn’t care if he gave up a ton of runs. All he did was go out there and throw his stuff.” Over the past few months, he has worked out on a mound that he borrowed from his high school and placed in a friend’s shop. He met with prospective teams over Zoom. Now, he is simply waiting for a phone call. “If we find the right fit, then I might go play pro ball. If we don’t, I’ll probably go back to Texas,” Elder said. “I think that’s what it comes down to, whatever the best decision at the time is going to be.” https://www.hookem.com/story/his-evolution-at-texas-now-complete-pitcher-bryce-elder-turns-toward-the-mlb-draft/
  12. Saw this recent article about Gus. (excerpts) Story has been told many times but it never gets old. For your Summer reading in a baseball absent time. Led by legendary coach Cliff Gustafson, who went on to an iconic career at Texas, South San won an unprecedented seven state championships in 10 seasons from 1958 through 1967. No other school in the state has ever come close to equaling the Bobcats’ run. Now 89, Gustafson said he thinks of those glory years at South San and the boys who played for him “many, many times a day." The memories of that era have become more poignant with the passage of time. Gustafson's emotional bond with South San transcends sports. He met his late wife, Janie, a teacher at Athens Elementary in the South San district, a few months after leading the Bobcats to their first state title, and developed deep roots in the predominantly Hispanic community. South San won all seven of its titles in Class 3A, then the UIL’s second-largest classification. The Bobcats took back-to-back titles three times – 1960-61, 1963-64 and 1966-67 – before another coaching legend, Darrell Royal, offered Gustafson the baseball job at UT. Royal, one of the icons in college football history, was also the Longhorns’ athletic director. More than 50 years after coaching his last game at South San, Gustafson remains inextricably linked with the Bobcats and one of the greatest dynasties in Texas high school sports history. “We had a lot of talent and a great coach who stressed fundamentals,” Zamora said. “Gus knew “Gus knew the game but he got better as a coach every year. Once we won that first one, things fell in place for us. The expectations were high each year and that motivated us. But we knew we had to work hard.” South San won 12 district championships in its 13 seasons under Gustafson, who was 344-85-5 with the Bobcats. “We lost eight games in a row my freshman year,” Zamora said. “Gus took us to the football field after practice one day and sat us down in the end zone, and he told us what he thought. We took exception to what he said. He said there were too many guys on the team that just wanted to eat chicken-fried steak (on road trips). “All the guys got upset, especially the Hispanic. We had some pride. We weren’t well off, but we weren’t starving. We took it personally, even though he didn’t say, ‘You Mexicans.’ We thought, ‘We’re going to show him.’ I’m sure Gus didn’t know what our reaction would be. But, psychologically, it worked. Everything started to fall into place after that.” Zamora, who has drawn closer to Gustafson as they’ve aged, laughs at the memory now. “I think we needed that,” he said. “Think about it. We had lost eight straight games and we didn’t know what was going on. I was just a freshman, so I didn’t know what was going on.” Gustafson still remembers how his players responded after the pivotal meeting. “They felt like they owed the school, their families and the community more than what they were giving,” Gustafson said. “They decided they wanted to do whatever was necessary. They thought I would know what was necessary. “They worked hard for me. We worked on fundamentals a lot, things you would expect a junior high team to be working on. They worked on all that stuff and when it happened in a ballgame, they were ready for it.” Born in Kenedy but raised in San Antonio, Gustafson graduated from Harlandale High School in 1948 and had a stellar baseball career at UT. He is the younger brother of the late Martin Gustafson, who coached Uvalde to a football state championship in 1972 before becoming head football coach at Churchill. He later was athletic director of the Northside ISD. Cliff recalled some sound advice Marvin gave him after watching one of his baseball games at South San. “We went to my mother’s house for dinner that night, he and I both, and I asked him how he liked the ballgame,” Gustafson said. “He said, ‘It was a good ballgame, but I couldn’t play for you. You do too damned much hollering. You need to cut that out. They can play without that. So, I gave that a lot of thought because I respected what he said all the time. “I was just getting ready to go to Texas about that time, so I said, ‘Now would be a good time to change that.’ I got to where I didn’t yell and scream during the ballgame at all. People would ask me, up there (Austin) all the time, ‘How do you stay so calm during a ballgame?’ And I’d say, ‘Well, I might not be as calm as you think I am.’” Gustafson was noted for his stoic demeanor when he coached at UT, where he went 1,466-377 in 29 seasons and led the Longhorns to College World Series championships in 1975 and 1983. UT also won 22 Southwest Conference titles in its 29 years under Gustafson. https://www.kens5.com/article/sports/robert-zamora-always-will-be-synonymous-with-south-san-baseball-dynasty/273-9911defd-5c40-4a3a-b09f-dde7be01effe
  13. https://www.veterinary.texas.gov/ May want to contact the Texas Board of Veterinary Medicine. Not sure groomers are under their purview, but they could advise. Don't be shy, many stories of incidents with pet groomers. Does the Pet Resort have cameras in the grooming area ? Many do. Hope Zoey is ok !
  14. https://www.collegebaseball.info/post/rosters-for-csbi ESPN 2 will broadcast the Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational tonight at 6PM from Travis Park in Bryan. Advertised as showcase for players prior to the draft. No Texas players listed, 2 or 3 from B12. DH played tonight with following games on Fri and Sat (pay per view). Seems like the main attempt is for the promoter to make a few $$$. But will be interesting to see the fan participation and atmosphere.
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