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WATCH: UK Baseball commercial airs during World Series

WATCH: UK Baseball commercial airs during World Series

If you watched something other than Game One of the World Series last night, you missed a new commercial for the UK Baseball team, the second year in a row the program has run an ad locally during the event.

The commercial featured highlights of last year’s exciting run, including that thrilling, weather-delayed win over NC State that sent the Cats to the Super Regional for the first time ever:

Cool stuff.


The KSR Baseball Podcast: World Series Preview with Doug Flynn and Austin Kearns

Before the Fall Classic begins between the Dodgers and the Astros, Keith Madison and Trey Huntsman are joined by a few pros to discuss the spectacular matchup.  Even though Austin Kearns used to play for the Astros, he doesn’t rib the podcast’s resident Dodger fan as much as Doug Flynn.  Highlights:

 

—  How UK’s World Series works.

—  A series that is evenly split…until you get to the bullpen.

—  The Series’ Biggest Question Mark

—  Austin’s strategy to hit vs. guys pitching in this World Series.

—  How Replay is Ruining Baseball

—  Doug’s World Series Experience

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Nick Mingione receives highest honor by Governor of Kentucky, named Kentucky Colonel

Kentucky head baseball coach Nick Mingione was named a Kentucky Colonel this morning, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky.

According to UK Athletics, the honor recognizes an individual whose work in the community, state, and nation is second to none.

The honor of Kentucky Colonel is a recognition of an individual’s noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to our community, state and nation. The Kentucky Colonels is a voluntary philanthropic organization and Kentucky Colonels are unwavering in devotion to faith, family, commonwealth and country. Passionate about being compassionate. Proud leaders who are gentle but strong in will and commitment.

Here was the video of the announcement:

“What an honor,” Mingione said after being commissioned. “The fact that people notice, I’m just really proud of our student-athletes because they’re the ones serving our community. The most important thing I’ve done since I got here was hire good men. Without the players and coaches, obviously, I’d never be able to receive this award.”

After winning 43 games in his first year at Kentucky, Mingione was named the 2017 SEC Coach of the Year, along with the Perfect Game/Rawlings National Coach of the Year, and he has the hype around the program at its highest in school history.

Congratulations to Nick Mingione for the incredible honor!


UK announces new voice of women’s basketball, baseball

UK announces new voice of women’s basketball, baseball

With Neil Price now calling football games in Starkville, UK has hired the new voice of women’s basketball and baseball: Darren Headrick.

Headrick has a decade’s worth of experience announcing collegiate and professional sports and was named a Baseball America Best MLB Broadcaster Prospect honoree in 2015. He will also serve as the host of the Matthew Mitchell Radio Show, Nick Mingione Radio Show, the Wildcat Sports Update, and Big Blue Weekly. He will host his first Big Blue Weekly show tonight following the Mark Stoops Radio Show.

Headrick comes to Kentucky after spending the past few years as the TV and radio play-by-play announcer for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. A Tennessee native and UT graduate, he also spent the past few seasons calling University of Tennessee basketball, baseball, softball and soccer games on the SEC Network+.

Here are some samples of his work so you can get to know his voice:

Welcome aboard, Darren.


The KSR Baseball Podcast: MLB Playoffs

It’s October, which means Coach Keith Madison and Trey Huntsman have to get together to talk about baseball.  Trey fanboy’s over the Dodgers, they share who they think can win out and…

— Coach’s secret to watching the games with his wife.

—  Postseason award predictions.

—  A breakdown of UK baseball’s 2018 schedule.

—  The Miss. State series and UK’s multiple ties to the program.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Breaking Down Kentucky’s Baseball Schedule

Photo by UK Athletics

Kentucky Baseball announced their full 2018 schedule this morning, and it packs quite a punch. The loaded schedule includes 25 games against 11 2017 NCAA Tournament teams and a trip to the Shriners Classic in Houston. 2018 will be a continuation of Nick Mingione’s bravery to face top teams throughout the year. Here is a look at what is to come in year two of the Mingione Era.

Texas Tech Comes to Lexington

The Red Raiders will ride into town to play UK on March 9-11. Tim Tadlock has established TTU as a contender in only five years in Lubbock. With an appearance in the College World Series and three Regional appearances in four years, the Raiders are back as a powerhouse in the Big-12. It will be the second consecutive year that a CWS team west of the Mississippi comes to the Cliff for an early season series. Last year, the Cats swept UC Santa Barbara in a series that sent the Cats on a huge winning streak. Texas Tech is a lot more talented than UCSB, and this series will certainly be one of the highest billed bouts in non-conference play across the country.

The Shriners Classic Will Put UK on a National Stage

Minute Maid Park plays host to a field of top 25 teams every year in the Shriners Classic. This year, Kentucky will take on Houston, Sam Houston State, and Louisiana Lafayette in Houston. Mississippi State and Vanderbilt will round out the field of six teams. Both Houston and SHSU were regional teams and Lafayette has been a dominant force in the Sun Belt for the last five years. There is no word on if the Classic will be on TV, but in past years FS1 picked up the games. UK will also play four games in Spartanburg, South Carolina to open the season.

SEC Play Will Test UK Early and Often

After a difficult non-conference slate, UK will have an extremely difficult SEC schedule. Home conference series include Auburn, South Carolina, defending champions Florida, Missouri, and Mississippi State. The Cats will travel to take on Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

Where are the home midweek games?

As our Twitter friend @cameronmalcolm5 points out, the Cats don’t have an abundance of home games in the middle of the week. UK will play at Xavier, Louisville, Murray State, Indiana, and Western Carolina in midweek games. It is a strange idea, but one that will do the Cats a lot of good come tournament time. The road tests will be good for midweek starters to take on tougher competition away from home.

In summary, this schedule is solid. There are plenty of tough games out of conference, but nothing that will break the team’s back early. UK will be on a national stage this year, and this schedule will prove whether or not they are ready to contend in 2018.


Nick Mingione signs extension to keep him at UK through 2022

UK head baseball coach (and KSR radio personality) Nick Mingione has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Kentucky through the end of the 2022 season, Mitch Barnhart announced on Friday.

“The progress our program has made in one year under Nick’s leadership is outstanding,” Barnhart said in the release. “We are committed to making Kentucky baseball a consistent winner both in the Southeastern Conference and on a national level and he is the coach to make that happen. We are excited to have Nick and his family in Lexington for a long time.”

The 2017 SEC Coach of the Year and Perfect Game/Rawlings National Coach of the Year, Mingione led the Cats to the school’s first ever trip to the Super Regionals this past season, his first in Lexington. UK won 43 games overall in 2017 and 19 in SEC play – the second most in school history – after being picked in the bottom half of the league in the preseason. Those 43 wins are also the most for a first-year UK head coach.

The new deal adds one year to Mingione’s current contract, which he originally signed last summer when he was hired. His total base compensation (base salary plus broadcasting and endorsements) will be $575,000 ($400,000 in base salary plus $175,000 in broadcasting and endorsements) for each of the next five years. That represents an increase of $150,000 for 2017-18, $100,000 for 2018-19, and $50,000 for 2019-20 and no increase for 2020-21.

“I’m very appreciative of the commitment Mitch Barnhart, President Capilouto and the University of Kentucky have shown to our baseball program,” Mingione said. “My wife and I love Lexington and could not be more excited about being a part of this university and community. I’m also thrilled the rest of the coaching staff is being rewarded for their remarkable efforts in our first season here.”


The KSR Baseball Podcast: Nick Mingione on Recruiting with 11.7 Scholarships

Did you know college baseball teams are only allotted 11.7 scholarships for 35 players?  UK baseball coach Nick Mingione joins the program to talk about the complicated balancing act in baseball recruiting.  He also discussed with Trey Hunstman, Keith Madison and Nick Roush…

 

—  The hardest part of Nick Mingione’s job.

—  Does the Coach like social media in recruiting?

—  Mingione’s Monday Motivational Minute: Pride vs. Responsibility.

—  Fall Ball is about to begin with Scrimmages open to the public each Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Cliff.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


The KSR Baseball Podcast with Evan White


Coach Keith Madison is out, Evan White is in. Trey Huntsman is joined by the All-American First Baseman on this week’s KSR Baseball Podcast. White is now in the Seattle Mariners’ organization after being selected in the first round of the MLB Draft this summer. Highlights include:

— White’s adjustment to pro ball.

— The moments leading up to White being selected 19th overall

–What the Gold Glove winner will take away from his time at UK

— Local Taco talk?

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


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Andy Green, Padres agree to contract extension through 2021

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On Saturday the San Diego Padres committed to Andy Green as the face of their future as they extended the 40 year-old manager through the 2021 season.

Green, a Lexington native and a University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame inductee is in his second season as the Padres manager.

Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler is very fond of Green’s managing style, “We like him a lot. We think he’s the right guy with us for a young team. We think he’s a teacher-not just baseball but teaching these guys about being a solid human being and a good citizen. We think he’s a good baseball mind. We like his tenacity and his toughness, as well as the way he supports these guys the way they need to be supported.”

Green had been in discussions with the team’s front office for several months as they fine tuned the details over the last several weeks.

“The extension is a commitment to the path we’re on, a commitment in the belief we’re building something special.”

Congratulations, Andy!


Shooters Shoot, Even at the Little League World Series

The Little League World Series hasn’t even started and the internet is going wild.

Boog Powell was the runaway favorite to be “The Real MVP” after earning meme-like status in a regional game, but while we couldn’t stop watching The Boog, Vermont’s Ben Deibler was swinging for the fences.

It takes a lot of fortitude to reveal that you had a crush on your teacher years down the road.  To say it to her face is even more impressive.  To reveal it on National TV with a “Sup Mrs. Stevens?”  I wish this kid could teach me his ways.  I want to be as cool as Ben Diebler.

We will not see if the bold strategy will pay off, but is he better than The Boog?

You be the judge:



You can follow the progress of UK’s new baseball stadium online

You can follow the progress of UK’s new baseball stadium online

Kentucky head coach Nick Mingione was excited to talk about his program’s new baseball stadium in the works, expected to be ready to go for the 2019 season, while chatting with the KSR listeners today.

Mingione said the steel will begin going in this week and fans can follow the progress via EarthCam with several live shots of the construction site.

Here’s how the projects stands today via the panoramic shot, one of seven different angles available for your viewing pleasure:

Obviously there is a long way to go before it becomes a baseball stadium, but now you know how to check in from time to time to see what kind of progress is being made on the future home of your 2020 College World Series champions.

Thanks again to Coach Mingione for coming on. You can get the podcast here.


PODCAST: Listen to Coach Mingione guest host KSR

PODCAST: Listen to Coach Mingione guest host KSR

Matt Jones’ job is in jeopardy (again) after Nick Mingione knocked his guest hosting debut out of the park. Mingione brought that energy we’ve heard from him in past KSR appearances for two solid hours today as he filled in as the voice of KSR. I think he locked down a 30-second weekly spot in the show moving forward, too.

Today’s topics included:

— Year 1 as head coach of UK Baseball

— A confession of past radio show prank calls

— “Sweet Carolina” to stick around

— The new stadium

— A surprise appearance from Malik Monk (on a broken phone)

Listen below:

Tomorrow’s hosts will be the KSR contest winners, so be sure to give them a listen and a call.


Nick Mingione will Host KSR Tomorrow Morning

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Nick Mingione simply could not stay away from the Kentucky Sports Radio microphone.  Forced to postpone last week’s appearance due to a family emergency, the Kentucky baseball coach is back tomorrow to share stories from his successful first season as UK’s head coach.

Mingione’s appearances on KSR have always been noteworthy and tomorrow should be no different.  Relive the historic 2017 season, find out what the future holds for the baseball program and ask the head coach questions by calling into the Kentucky Branded SportsLine at 502-571-1080 or 877-904-1080.

Following Mingione’s appearance, the KSR guest-host contest winners will take over on Thursday.  Drew, Ryan and Shannon will hold down the fort on Friday before our Fearless Leader returns on Monday to share stories from across the pond.


The KSR Baseball Podcast with Doug Flynn

Trey Hunstman received the boot.  The KSR baseball writer has been kicked off his own podcast to make way for Doug Flynn.  The former Cincinnati Red joined his longtime friend Keith Madison to tell some stories and…

—  Take a look at the Reds’ current roster.
—  How the culture of the game has changed since they played.
— Their charity efforts, which include the Reds’ Fantasy Camp.
—  UK’s great season under first-year head coach Nick Mingione.
—  How former Wildcats are currently doing in the MLB.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.