Jan. 21, 2014
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The start of the 2014 Tennessee baseball season is just 24 days away!
In January and February, UTSports.com will count down the days remaining until the start of the Vols' 2014 campaign (Feb. 14) with looks back at the many players who donned jersey numbers 30-1.
The baseball season in Knoxville kicks off on the diamond on Feb. 14 when the Vols host the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks at Lindsey Nelson Stadium at 4 p.m. With one of the youngest teams in the country in 2013, head coach Dave Serrano and company have the foundation in place on Rocky Top.
The 2014 slate is highlighted by 33 games in Knoxville, including early nonconference matchups against Purdue (Feb. 15-16) and UNLV (Feb. 21-23). The Vols open with a 13-game homestand, starting things off with three straight days of doubleheader action.
Practice officially starts this week, with the Diamond Vols first taking the field on Friday, Jan. 24 at 2:30 p.m. ET. An intrasquad scrimmage is set for 4 p.m. that day at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. All practices are free and open to the public. For more information visit this week's schedule.
In total, only 22 Vols have worn the No. 24, with sophomore right-handed pitcher and first baseman Andrew Lee being the 22nd. Today, we will take a look back at former Major League Baseball reliever, World Series Champion and Knoxville native Greg McMichael.
#24 GREG MCMICHAEL
1986-88 | RHP | 6-3 | 215 lbs. | Knoxville, Tenn. (Webb)
Another local product out of the Webb School of Knoxville, former Tennessee right-handed pitcher Greg McMichael was a letterwinner on Rocky Top from 1986-88. McMichael started his career with the Volunteers as a reliever but quickly moved into the starting rotation.
Over his 43 appearances at Tennessee, including 24 starts, McMichael compiled nine wins, four complete games and tallied a pair of saves in 151.1 innings of work. He also struck out 94 over his three-year career.
As a junior in 1988, McMichael led the team with six wins and a 3.41 ERA. He earned the Mike Smithson Most Valuable Pitcher Award that season.
McMichael was drafted in the seventh round by the Cleveland Indians in 1988 and embarked on an eight-year Major League career that saw him play for the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics from 1993-2000.
In 1994, he was selected to the Topps Rookie All-Star Team and finished runner-up in the rookie of the year balloting. He then helped the Braves reach the World Series in both 1995 and 1996, with Atlanta winning the MLB title in 1995. In all, McMichael finished with a 31-29 record and 3.25 ERA in 453 MLB appearances, all out of the bullpen.
After retiring in 2001, McMichael opened a training facility where he teaches young pitchers how to play the game. Greg and his wife, Jennifer, have five children, and make their home in Johns Creek, Ga.
The righty returned to Rocky Top in 2005, when he was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame, and again in 2010, serving as a guest speaker at one of the Vols' in-season luncheons.
THROWBACK NOTES ON MCMICHAEL
- Traveled with Athletes in Action baseball team across Europe while at UT
- Named Knoxville Player of the Year in 1985 while at Webb
- Brother of former Vol football linebacker Jeff McMichael (1981-81)
#24 Andrew Lee
2013-14 | RHP/1B | 6-5 | 210 lbs. | L/R | Morristown, Tenn.
Sophomore Morristown native Andrew Lee returns to the diamond for a his second season as a Vol after appearing in 25 games as a freshman. Lee was coming off Tommy John Surgery in the summer of 2012 so he stuck to first base and designated hitter in his first season. Lee made 18 starts in 2013, compiling three doubles, one home run and nine RBI. His season highlight came against Alcorn State, where he went 4-for-5 with five RBI, two doubles and two runs in a 13-6 UT win. A stud pitcher at Morristown West High School, Lee looks to return to the mound for the Vols in 2014.
NOTES FROM HIS BIO
- Full name is Andrew Karl Lee
- Made his collegiate debut on February 15 at UNLV, becoming the first freshman to hit in the cleanup spot for the Vols on Opening Day since 1990
- A three-sport athlete at Morristown, Lee was also the school's starting quarterback and punter and played forward on the basketball team