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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.


Former Cat Kyle Cody is on a roll lately

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Kyle Cody was a really solid pitcher for the Kentucky Wildcats from 2013-2016, ranking 11th in UK history in career strikeouts. Now that Cody is making his way through the Minor League Baseball ranks, he’s showing that he can capitalize on the potential he showed in Lexington.

Cody has been taking the mound for the Hickory Crawdads, the Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The 22-year-old right hander started on the hill today by throwing five hitless innings on his way to seven shut out innings. His start today, paired with how he’s been pitching as of late, got some love from MinorLeagueBaseball.com’s Twitter account.

Not to mention, Cody’s last six starts have been almost unhittable. His accumulated stats for his last six starts are 39 innings pitched, giving up only 15 hits and 2 earned runs, with only 11 walks and 47 strikeouts. Those numbers are nothing short of masterful, and Cody should be seeing his name rise up the prospect board for the Rangers soon enough if he keeps it up.

@BrettBibbinsKSR


Don’t forget to record tonight’s UK Baseball special on the SEC Network

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If you turn on the SEC Network right now, you can relive the baseball team’s big win over NC State in the Lexington Regional last month, part one of a UK Baseball double header. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the SEC Network will air “Never Been Done Before,” KyWildcatsTV’s original special on the 2017 UK Baseball season. As you know, UK made a historic run in Nick Mingione’s first year as a head coach, and, as only they can, KyWildcatsTV knocked it out of the park with their tribute. Here’s a sneak peek:

Set your DVRs to record the rest of the UK’s SEC Network takeover, including the replay of the football team’s upset over Louisville:

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Baseball vs. North Carolina State, June 5, 2017
  • 7:30-8 p.m. – Never Been Done Before: Kentucky Baseball 2017
  • 8-10 p.m. – Football at Louisville, Nov. 26, 2016
  • 10 p.m.-midnight – One and Not Done

Not a bad Monday night if you ask me.


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The Reds Report: July 16

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The Reds are limping out of the All-Star break with three straight losses to the Nationals. Despite nearly completing a ten-run comeback on Saturday, the Reds still sit in last place in the NL Central. There were a lot of highlights from a week without nightly baseball.

Cozart Makes His First All-Star Appearance

In the first ASG that didn’t determine home-field advantage for the World Series since 2002, Zack Cozart made his first career ASG appearance. Cozart started at shortstop and went 1/2 with a single to left. Joey Votto entered later in the game and went 0/1 with a walk.

Aaaaaand Cozart Gets His Donkey

Votto promised Cozart a donkey if he made the All-Star team this year. After fans voted Cozart in as the starting shortstop, Votto made good on his promise. The donkey that Votto gave Cozart is still in training and he will get it later this year, but that didn’t stop the Reds from bringing in another donkey for Cozart to meet before yesterday’s game.

 

Senzel and Herget Represent Reds In 2017 Futures Game

Cincinnati sent two players to Miami for the Futures Game and both found success for Team USA. The top prospect in the Reds’ system Nick Senzel went 1/4 with a RBI single in the first inning. The starting third baseman for the US Team also scored a run and struck out twice. Jimmy Herget came out of the bullpen and retired three top prospects in order in the eighth. For Senzel, it was a national showcase for what Reds’ fans have been watching over the last year.

 

The Reds Are Preparing For The Deadline

It is yet to be seen if the Reds will make a blockbuster at the trade deadline in a couple weeks. The team is 11.5 games back in the Central and fading at a time when they need to decide if they are selling. Scott Feldman is the most likely player to be traded near the deadline. He is a cheap rental who can eat innings for a contender and won’t require a big return. Raisel Iglesias is technically available, but the Reds would need a huge return to convince them to trade the talented reliever. The Nationals were interested, but their deal for a pair of relievers this morning will likely put them out on Iglesias. No teams seem to be interested in Cozart at this point in July. Seattle was in on the shortstop last year before a trade fell apart near the deadline. It will be a big surprise if the Reds go full seller at the break and include pieces such as Billy Hamilton, but they will be making some moves in the next two weeks.

Saturday’s Comeback Falls Just Short

The Nationals scored the first 15 runs of the series before Cincy’s offense woke up in the eighth inning on Saturday. After scoring two in the eighth, the Reds’ offense jumped on the Nats’ struggling bullpen with five runs with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. Matt Grace retired three in a run to seal a 10-7 win for Washington. The three-run loss was as close as the Reds would get to beating Washington as the Nats outscored Cincinnati 29-11 over the weekend.

Homer Bailey Still Can’t Find Consistency

After allowing only one run in consecutive starts, Bailey fell off hard against Washington. Bailey allowed eight runs in four innings as his ERA ballooned to 10.13 in five starts. Games against the Nationals have really been hard on Homer. The Nats have scored 16 runs in 5.2 innings against Bailey this season.

Scooter Gennett Stays Hot

Gennett drove in seven runs this weekend on three hits. An interesting trade chip, Gennett is now hitting .382 in July with a .488 OBP. The Reds will need to decipher if Gennett is a key piece of their future or if they need to cash in on his success at the deadline.

Looking Ahead

The Reds will look to avoid a sweep against Washington on Monday before Arizona and Miami ride into town for a pair of three-game series at Great American.


UK releases schedule for Monday’s SEC Network Takeover

Make some space on the DVR because Kentucky’s taking over the SEC Network on Monday with some of your favorite games from the past year.

This morning, UK released the schedule for the takeover, which will begin with Malik Monk’s 47-point performance vs. North Carolina and end with the football team’s epic upset of Louisville. Other highlights: UK’s Sweet 16 win over UCLA, the baseball team’s run to the Super Regionals, and John Calipari’s 30 for 30, One and Not Done.

Here’s the complete schedule:

Midnight-1:30 a.m.: Men’s basketball vs. North Carolina, Dec. 17, 2016

Malik Monk pours in a UK freshman record 47 points to lead the Wildcats to a 103-100 victory over UNC in one of the best college basketball games this season.

1:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.: Football vs. Mississippi State, Oct. 22, 2016

UK climbs out of an early 11-point deficit for a 40-38 heart-stopping win over Mississippi State, capped by a 51-yard Austin MacGinnis field goal as time expires.

3:30 a.m.-5:30 a.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Louisville, Sept. 6, 2016

Noah Hutchins heads in the game-winning goal just before halftime and UK shuts out Louisville in an annual rivalry battle.

5:30 a.m.-7 a.m.: Men’s basketball vs. UCLA, March 24, 2017

De’Aaron Fox dazzles with 39 points as UK downs UCLA in the Sweet 16 in one of the most anticipated matchups of this NCAA Tournament.

7-8:30 a.m. – Volleyball at Florida, Sept. 28, 2016

UK sweeps No. 5 Florida for the first time since 1990 behind a tremendous defensive performance and an efficient offense guided by Olivia Dailey.

8:30-10 a.m. – Gymnastics vs. Alabama, Feb. 10, 2017

The Wildcats post a school-record score en route to the first win in program history over perennial gymnastics power Alabama.

10-10:30 a.m. – Big Blue Review

This original piece looks back at the highlights from a 2016-17 season in which UK set a school record by finishing 10th in the Directors’ Cup.

10:30-11 a.m. – The Kentucky Experience: Wildcat Roundtable

Mitch Barnhart sits down with some of the most prominent Wildcats to discuss life as a student and an athlete at the University of Kentucky.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Women’s basketball vs. Mississippi State, Feb. 23, 2017

UK takes down second-ranked Mississippi State on Senior Night behind Makayla Epps’ game-winning put-back in her final regular-season game at Memorial Coliseum.

12:30-2:30 p.m. – Softball vs. Florida, April 15, 2017

Meagan Prince stars in the circle and Katie Reed has three hits, two runs and two RBI as Kentucky downs third-ranked Florida, 5-1.

2:30-4:30 p.m. – Softball vs. Texas A&M, April 29, 2017

En route to a series win over the No. 4 Aggies, UK celebrates Senior Day with a 7-2 victory over Texas A&M.

4:30-5 p.m. – Big Blue Review

This original piece looks back at the highlights from a 2016-17 season in which UK set a school record by finishing 10th in the Directors’ Cup.

5-5:30 p.m. – The Kentucky Experience: Wildcat Roundtable

Mitch Barnhart sits down with some of the most prominent Wildcats to discuss life as a student and an athlete at the University of Kentucky.

5:30-7:30 p.m. – Baseball vs. North Carolina State, June 5, 2017

UK advances to the first super regional in school history by taking down North Carolina State in front of a Cliff Hagan Stadium record crowd of 5,005.

7:30-8 p.m. – Never Been Done Before: Kentucky Baseball 2017

This piece takes a behind-the-scenes look at UK baseball’s first trip to super regionals in Nick Mingione’s first season as head coach.

8-10 p.m. – Football at Louisville, Nov. 26, 2016

Kentucky picks up its signature win of a 2016 season in which the Wildcats became bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, with Stephen Johnson leading UK to an upset of rival Louisville and Austin MacGinnis kicking another game-winning field goal.

10 p.m.-midnight – One and Not Done

John Calipari is profiled in this 30 for 30 documentary that traces his humble roots to his time leading the Kentucky men’s basketball program.


The KSR Baseball Podcast at the All-Star Break

After a brief mid-summer sabbatical, Keith Madison and Trey Huntsman return for discussion about action on the diamond during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Break.  They are also joined by former Major Leaguer Austin Kearns.  They discussed…

—  The impact of Justin Lewis’ return to Kentucky.

—  A few changes on the UK baseball staff.

—  An All-SEC College World Series and a look ahead to next season.

—  Kearns’ advice to those entering minor league baseball.

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.


Lewis returning to Kentucky for junior season on mound

Lewis returning to Kentucky for junior season on mound

Nick Mingione will have one of his starting pitchers back next season with the return of Justin Lewis, a 2016 freshman All-American and 11th-round MLB draft pick this summer.

Lewis turned down an offer from the Tampa Bay Rays for another year on the mound in Lexington.

A 6-foot-7 redshirt sophomore, Lewis was the Cats’ Sunday starter all season with a 6-4 record and a 3.56 earned run average in 91 innings. He struck out 72 batters and allowed only 77 hits on the year with a near perfect game against UC Santa Barbara back in March. His career ERA of 3.19 ranks sixth on UK’s all-time career list and he is fifth on the career hits per nine innings list with 7.45 allowed.


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UK Baseball receives commitment from Two-Way Star

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The run for Nick Mingione and the UK Baseball team is continuing today with the commitment of 2-way player, Jimmy Ramsey. Ramsey is a 6’7 pitcher and first baseman from Tonka Bay, Minnesota. The future Cat was previously committed to Oregon. Ramsey has been clocked on the mound with a fastball topping out at just over 90 MPH. Earlier this month, Ramsey won the Minnesota Home Run Derby competition, by hitting 14. When asked about him, his high school coach described him as:

Jimmy Ramsey is a coach’s dream.  He is 6’7” tall and weighs 210lbs.  He runs very well.  He hits from the “LEFT” side—with power.  Plays First Base, Outfield, and is a Right Handed Pitcher that throws 90+!  What is not to like???!!  The greatest thing that Jimmy does is that fact he still mixes with all his teammates at Minnetonka High School.  Jimmy is running in the land of the BIG DOGS right now.  But, still hangs with the rest of the litter back home whenever possible.  Jimmy is going to have a career in baseball that exceeds most players.

Like I said….. “A Coach’s Dream”!

In case you aren’t already sold on Ramsey, he has partnered with a charity called, “Home Runs that Help.” The charity connects baseball player’s to local baseball fans who are suffering from a life-threatening medical condition, disability or special need.

You can watch the future Cat below:

Welcome to the Big Blue Nation, Jimmy Ramsey!


Kentucky’s Evan White earns his second Gold Glove award

Evan White has another Gold Glove award to go with his other Gold Glove award.

Now a two-time winner, White was named the Rawlings Sports Collegiate Gold Glove First Basemen for the 2017 season. He took in the prize for the first time around this time last year following the 2016 season.

White is considered one of the most accomplished players in Kentucky baseball history and he recently became the fifth Wildcat to be selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft when the Seattle Mariners picked him at No. 17. He’s also a three-time member of the All-SEC Defensive Team in only three seasons at UK, as well as Second Team All-American and two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.

Go Cats.


The KSR Baseball Podcast: E16 Postseason Conversation with Nick Mingione

 

Ten days after the Cats’ season ended in the Louisville Super Regional, Nick Mingione joined coach Keith Madison and Trey Huntsman on the KSR Baseball Podcast to discuss his historic first season at UK.  They touch on a variety of topics, like…

—  What was going on during the Regional Championship rain delay.

—  How Mingione will spend his summer (hint: it’s not the offseason).

—  Does he enjoy wearing a full uniform as a manager?

—  Lessons campers learn at UK camp, like how to stand for the National Anthem.

—  Hitting for the cycle, Wigwam Village, Backstreet Boys and Trey’s job interview with Mingione.

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.


Riley Mahan named ABCA Third-Team All-American

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A crucial piece of this year’s BatCats, Riley Mahan can now add another honor to his growing list as he was named ABCA Third-Team All-American today.

Mahan was also second-team All-SEC, All-American Honors from Collegiate Baseball, third-team honors from Baseball America and was a Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist.

The second-baseman was selected as the 89th overall pick in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins. Mahan had a career year in his final season at UK with a .336 batting average with 58 runs, 41 extra base hits – including 15 homeruns.


Go behind the scenes of the Seattle Mariners’ selection of Evan White

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The Seattle Mariners selected Kentucky first baseman Evan White with the 17th-overall pick in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft on Monday.

White was a player the Mariners had their eye on all season.

“We got a player in mind that we’re hoping to get, Evan White, first baseman University of Kentucky,” southeast regional scout supervisor Jesse Kapellusch said.

It’s awesome to see White go to a team that really wanted him. I know Big Blue Nation will be keeping a close eye on White throughout his professional career.