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University of Louisville pitcher Reid Detmers calls 10th overall pick by Los Angeles Angels ‘surreal’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This is how fast Reid Detmers’ life changed after his selection by the Los Angeles Angels in the Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday night. While being interviewed by local media via a teleconference he missed a call from Mike Trout. Yes, that Mike Trout, the Angels’ eight-time MLB All-star and seven-time winner of the American League MVP Award. He of the...

Billy Reed: Good and bad news for sports, but the coronavirus rules — and the rules are changing

A few weeks ago, the National Football League conducted its first virtual draft, and the Cincinnati Bengals, surprising absolutely nobody, used its No. 1 pick to take Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy while leading LSU to the national collegiate championship. Ordinarily, that would have been a huge story in these parts, with arguments raging on the sports radio talk shows about whether Burrow...

Billy Reed: In times like these, we really need baseball to lift our spirits — and there is a precedent

I am well aware that during this Coronavirus catastrophe, sports journalists are high on the list of unnecessary workers. Many of our most hallowed sporting events have been canceled or postponed. Without sports, who needs sports journalists? However, I am holding out hope that our government and major-league baseball can work out something soon to let the games on in, even in near-empty stadiums....

Chicago Cubs unveils portraits at Wrigley Field by Kentucky artist Cieradkowski, ‘baseball’s Van Gogh’

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor Kentucky artist and author Gary Cieradkowski — called “baseball’s Van Gogh” — has hit another home run with his widely acclaimed talent for capturing the likenesses of the sport’s iconic players. As an artist he has achieved All-Star status already, but 15 portraits unveiled Monday — on the Chicago Cubs Opening Day — may...

Billy Reed: Baseball looks like a hypocrite and a bully, kicking its Charley Hustle into martrydom

Pete Rose at Florence Freedom this summer. (Photo by Mark Hansel, NKyTribune) So now it looks as if Peter Edward Rose finally has tapped out. The commissioner of baseball recently announced that after reviewing Rose’s case yet again, he will not rescind the lifetime ban that Rose received in 1989 for gambling on games as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The case seems to be closed. Rose has run out...

Lucas, McKay were chosen in the 2014 MLB Draft, but will compete for Louisville in 2015

Zach Lucas is one of two Cardinal baseball players returning for the 2015 season after bypassing the MLB draft. (Photo provided)   The deadline for Major League Baseball teams to sign 2014 draft picks passed last Friday and the Louisville baseball team received good news as veteran infielder Zach Lucas and incoming freshman lefty pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay chose to play for the Cardinals...

Wesley Eversole: Latest chapter in MLB's Steroid Era means work left to be done

On June 4, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported around 20 Major League Baseball players could be suspended for their affiliation with Biogenesis of America, a clinic in Miami that has allegedly supplied the players with performance enhancing drugs.   The players listed include Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Alex Rodriguez. Of these players, one (Braun) was...

Opening Day marks start of 2013 MLB season for 18 players with Kentucky connections

The 2013 Major League Baseball season begins with 18 players with Kentucky connections on rosters.   See below for full list of the players with their MLB team and Kentucky connection below:   National League Collin Cowgill (Photo from New York Mets) A. J. Ellis C — PLD HS — Dodgers Austin Kearns OF — Lafayette HS — Marlins Ben Revere OF — Lex Catholic HS —...