Jan. 23, 2014
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The start of the 2014 Tennessee baseball season is just 22 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 practice schedule.
One of the most popular numbers in Tennessee baseball history, 32 Volunteers have worn the No. 22 on the diamond in Knoxville. Currently, the jersey belongs to sophomore catcher David Houser, who started 27 games behind the plate in his freshman season. Today, we flash back to the early 1990s, when Vol slugger and future Major Leaguer Bubba Trammell donned the Orange and White No. 22.
#22 BUBBA TRAMMELL
1993-94 | OF | 6-3 | 205 lbs. | Knoxville, Tenn. (Central HS)
A teammate of Tennessee great Todd Helton at Central High School in Knoxville, Bubba Trammell attended junior colleges Roane State Community College and Cleveland State Community College in Tennessee before coming back to his hometown of Rocky Top.
In his first season in 1993, the junior earned First Team All-SEC honors after leading the team with a .383 batting average and 12 home runs. His batting average ranked fourth in the league that season, and he was second in the conference with a .679 slugging percentage. Trammell, who started all 51 games before having his season cut short in early May with a season-ending broken ankle, was the team leader with 27 multi-hit games and led UT in both homer and RBIs at the time of his injury.
Trammell swung his way to second-team All-America status (NCBWA) during Tennessee's 1994 SEC Championship season. The senior hit .354 with 53 RBI and 10 home runs while starting all 56 games for the Vols in the outfield.
Over his two-year career, Trammell posted a .368 average, drove in 105 runs, bashed 22 home runs and finished his career with a .635 slugging percentage. His career batting average ranks ninth all-time in the UT record books, while his slugging clip sits eighth on the all-time list.
The Knoxville native was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 11th round of the 1994 MLB Draft and went on to play seven seasons at the Major League level. Trammell, who made his debut for the Tigers on April 1, 1997, also played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees. He was a member of the Mets' 2000 World Series team, which lost to the Yankees in five games. Trammell was 2-for-5 with three RBIs in the series.
The former Vol was named to Tennessee' All-Century Team in 2009.
THROWBACK NOTES ON TRAMMELL
- Full name is Thomas Bubba Trammell
- Named after Bubba Wyche, a former Vols QB
- Won the 1990 Class AAA State Title with a 31-0 record at Central HS
#22 David Houser
2013-14 | C | 6-2 | 220 lbs. | S/R | Columbia, S.C.
After starting a team-high 27 games behind the plate last season, sophomore catcher David Houser looks to make an impact for the Vols in 2014. In his rookie season, Houser hit .191 in 115 at-bats, driving in 11 RBIs and hitting four doubles. He threw out a team high 26.5 percent of base runners (9-for-34) on the season. Houser's season highlight came in an 11-2 win over No. 20 Arizona State, when he went 3-for-5 with one RBI.
NOTES FROM HIS BIO
- Named the High School Sports Report AAA Player of the Year as a senior
- Hit .397 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs his senior season at AC Flora High School
- Majoring in logistics