– Former Citadel catcher Joe Jackson, drafted in the fifth round by the Rangers, broke his left thumb on the first day of mini-camp with the Spokane Indians, the Rangers’ rookie-level team in the short-season Northwest League. Jackson began catching bullpen sessions three days ago and is tentatively scheduled to return on July 15.
But the great-great-great nephew of “Shoeless Joe” Jackson already has a classic story from his pro career. On his flight to Spokane to begin his pro career, Jackson’s luggage was lost. When he got to Spokane, he told a team official, “I don’t even have my shoes.”
Yes, Joe was literally “Shoeless.”
– Citadel 1B/DH Bo Thompson made the second round of the College Home Run Derby in Omaha. He blasted seven homers during the first two rounds. On this video, his second round starts at about the :43 mark.
– Former Citadel pitcher Austin Pritcher, drafted in the 19th round by Tigers, got his pro career started with the Connecticut Tigers in the NY-:Penn League. Through Monday, he’s pitched in six games as a reliever, with four scoreless outings and two in which he’s allowed two earned runs each. Overall, he’s 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 10.1 innings, with four walks and four strikeouts. Foes are hitting .286 against the 2013 SoCon pitcher of the year.
– Citadel football did its annual Habitat for Humanity thing.
And got in some snaps, too, it looks like:
And finally, SoCon commish John Iamarino issued a “State of the SoCon” address following a shakeup that has five schools leaving (CofC, Davidson, Elon, GSU, App) and three coming in (Mercer, ETSU, VMI)
“The constant search for more dollars and exposure in new markets has led a good number of institutions to use their athletic programs to rebrand themselves and abandon rivalries and other geographic considerations. Inevitably, it will be the student-athletes who will bear the brunt of increased travel and more time away from campus.”