On August 20, just three days following his No. 17 jersey retirement with the Colorado Rockies, we send Happy Birthday wishes to #VFL and 17-year Major League veteran Todd Helton!
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On Sunday, Aug. 17, after 17 years of Major League service with the organization, the Colorado Rockies honored longtime first baseman and #VFL Todd Helton in a pregame jersey retirement ceremony at Coors Field.
Over the course of his 17 seasons with Colorado, the former Vol played in 2,247 games and stands as the Rockies' all-time leader in hits (2,519), singles (1,521), doubles (592), home runs (369), RBIs (1,406), runs scored (1,401) and walks (1,335). A five-time Major League All-Star (2000-04), he also collected three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards as the Rockies starting first baseman.
Now a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, Helton also holds all-time career records for the Vols Baseball program with 38 homers, 147 walks as well as a school-record 23 saves from 1993-95.
Here's a look at the latest coverage on Helton and his jersey retirement at Coors Field:
- MLB.com: Helton's numbers stack up against the best
- USA Today: Rockies retire Helton's No. 17 jersey
- Denver Post: Todd Helton enjoying golf, hunting in retirement
- ESPN.com: Manning gives a nod to Helton's honor
- Associated Press: Rockies retire Helton's No. 17 jersey; 'There's no greater honor'
On Friday night, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox defeated the Falmouth Commodores, 10-4, for the 2014 Cape Cod League Championship title. Among the Y-D's winning squad, #Vols Drake Owenby, A.J. Simcox and Vincent Jackson will take home championship honors following an incredible summer season in the Cape.
Tonight's victory sealed the championship title for the Red Sox following their win in Game 1 of the best-of-three series. Earlier this week, the Yarmouth-Dennis crew topped the Harwich Mariners in three games to clinch a Cape Cod League East Division Championship.
Check out more info on the #Vols and Friday's Cape Cod League Championship Series:
- GAME RECAP: The Y-D Red Sox Win the Cape League Championship
- BOX SCORE: Red Sox 10, Commodores 4
On Wednesday evening, #VFL and current Texas Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia made his first-ever Major League pitching debut, tossing 1.0 scoreless ninth inning in the club's 10-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Throwing in the 73 mile per hour range, Arencibia used 10 total pitches against his four batters faced, inducing two fly-outs after the Rays' Logan Forsythe hustled to beat an infield throw for the lone hit in the outing. Arencibia's debut now stands as the third occasion this season for Rangers Manager Ron Washington to call a position player to the mound.
When asked about the outing during postgame media availability, Arencibia responded saying he was just doing what he could to help the team.
Those were not knuckle balls just super slow gravity pitches... At 73 mph they have to drop.. #ThatWasFun-- jp arencibia (@jparencibia9) August 14, 2014
Check out the recent coverage on Arencibia's outing:
- FOXSports.com: Arencibia, Claudio pitching bright sports for Rangers
- Dallas Morning News: Rangers' Miles Mikolas roughed up in loss to Rays; J.P. Arencibia pitches an inning
The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox defeated the Harwich Mariners, 2-0, on Tuesday night to advance to the Cape Cod Baseball League Championship Series.
Red Sox members and current #Vols Vincent Jackson, Drake Owenby and A.J. Simcox will face the West Division Champion Falmouth Commodores in Game 1, beginning Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Championship Series will be played as a best-of-three series, with live stats available via Pointstreak.com.
Read more from last night's East Division Championship recap:
- CapeCodBaseball.org: Y-D advances with slim Game 3 victory
- CapeCodBaseball.org: 2014 CCBL Championship Series schedule announced
#VFL Matt Ramsey has experienced a smooth transition following his trade to the Miami Marlins organization from Tampa Bay in early July. Now with the Double A Jacksonville Suns, Ramsey has maintained a 1.53 ERA with 26 strikeouts over his 17.2 total innings pitched for the Suns. And on Sunday night against the Mississippi Braves, he added another career milestone as the right-handed reliever hit a solo home run for his first-career hit as a professional.
Despite taking the loss in relief, Ramsey helped his team's cause against the Braves by recording his first-ever hit in the seventh, launching a home run over the right field wall to give Jacksonville a 3-2 lead. It marked just his third professional at-bat since being drafted by Tampa Bay in 2011.
During his three seasons with the Volunteer Baseball Program (2009-11), the former Farragut High School standout hit for a .262 average with six home runs, each accounted for during the 2010 season. He had 27 career RBIs and compiled a .402 slugging percentage over his 229 career at-bats, while holding a 4-6 record with nine saves and a 4.43 ERA in his 56 appearances (two starts) on the mound.
Check out Sunday's Jacksonville Suns game recap and more on Ramsey's homer:
Box Score: Mississippi 4, Jacksonville 3
Tennessee catcher Tyler Schultz and his Los Angeles Brewers of the California Collegiate League captured the league championship title on Sunday, defeating the Neptune Beach club in a 4-3 summer finale.
Schultz went 1-for-4 as starting catcher in the Brew Crew's season finale and received All-Tournament Team honors following the game. This summer, Schultz hit .295 with two doubles, one triple, one home run and 13 RBIs in his 31 total games. He scored 17 runs for the Brewers and held a .378 on-base percentage during that span.
A native of California, Schultz shared the championship with another Vol, incoming transfer pitcher Steven Kane. Kane, who comes to Knoxville from Cypress College in California, went 0-3 with three saves in his nine games with the Brewers and compiled a 2.99 ERA.
California Collegiate League Championship:
- Box Score: Brew Crew 4, Neptune Beach 3
- Season Stats: Los Angeles Brewers (CCL)
On Friday, #Vols infielder/outfielder Derek Lance received First-Team honors with the Cincinnati Steam of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. Lance, who was also named to the GLSBL All-Star Team, led the Steam with a .317 batting average and a .388 on-base percentage, while his 38 hits, 23 runs and 9 stolen bases ranked second-best among the Steam squad.
Check out more on Lance's recognition, along with the rest of the postseason GLSBL honors:
- CincinnatiSteam.com: Four Steam earn postseason awards
On Tuesday evening (7/29) against the Yankees, #VFL and current Texas first baseman J.P. Arencibia had a career night at the plate despite the Rangers' 12-11 defeat at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
Arencibia went 4-for-5 with two homers and a career-high seven RBIs, including a grand slam home run in the 7th inning. The grand slam sparked the beginning of an offensive rally for the Rangers, marking the first grand slam home run by a Rangers player this season and the first since July 3, 2013. Arencibia's performance was also just the 17th time in club history for a player to collect seven RBIs in a single game.
Since his return to the Major Leagues on July 18, the former Vol is 11-for-44 (.250) with five home runs and 16 RBI in 12 games.
Here is the latest coverage on Arencibia and his big night:
- TexasRangers.com: Rangers show fight until last out in loss to Yanks
- Dallas Morning News: Despite huge night for Arencibia, Rangers lose high scoring affair to Yankees, 12-11
- Associated Press: Arencibia's 7 RBIs all for naught in Rangers loss to Yankees
On July 26 we celebrate a trio of birthdays of current Tennessee student-athletes, junior golfers Michael Nagy and Michael Monroe, and sophomore rowing coxswain Taylor Upson.
Also celebrating today is former Tennessee baseball player Buddy Gilbert. The Knoxville native, who turns 79 today, played professionally with the Cincinnati Reds organization and is a member of the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.