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It’s time for College Basketball! Buckeyes Men take on Wooster Fighting Scots Sunday at Value City Arena; Chris Holtmann era begins

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wooster Fighting Scots


Date: Nov. 5, 2017
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 4:05 p.m.
Television: BTN Plus/
Talent: Dylan Tyrer (Play-By-Play)
Sean Lowe (Expert Analysis)
Carolina Rice (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: None
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)


Holtmann Era Begins in Columbus
June 9, 2017 marked the first day of the Chris Holtmann era at Ohio State. After six seasons as a head coach, including the last three at Butler, Holtmann becomes the 14th head coach in Ohio State men’s basketball history. In his young career to date, Holtmann already has earned coach of the year honors in both the Big South Conference (2013), where he spent three seasons coaching Gardner-Webb (2001-13), and in the Big East (2017) in the final of three seasons with the Bulldogs. His first game in Columbus will be the 200th of his head coaching career (114-85).

Season Openers, Holtmann Era
Date Opponent Score
11/10/17 Towson State W, 74-53
At Butler
2016 Northern Colorado W, 89-52
2015 The Citadel W, 144-71
2014 Maine W, 99-57
At Gardner-Webb
2012 @North Carolina L, 76-59
2011 @Clemson L, 65-44
2010 @Charlotte W, 78-70



*Ohio State and Wooster first played Feb. 9, 1905 in Columbus, a 37-19 victory for the Buckeyes. The all-time series is led by Ohio State, 8-4. The last meeting took place Dec. 16, 1939, a 64-35 Buckeyes’ win. Wooster is 2-7 in Columbus. Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon is Wooster graduate (2000/Communications).

*New at home games this year, the Buckeyes will join the students in signing Carmen Ohio following each game. Players and coaches will line up in front of the student section (behind team benches).

*Ohio State will appear on four major television networks in 2017-18. This season marks the first year in which FOX will televise Big Ten Conference games. The Buckeyes, who have traditionally appeared on CBS, the Big Ten Network and the ESPN family of networks, will appear on FOX and/or FS1 four times this season. The first appearance will be at Wisconsin Dec. 2 (5 p.m./FOX).

*With the new television deal in place this season with FOX, Ohio State will play Big Ten Conference games on each day of the week at least once this season. Traditionally, league games were played Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on ESPN networks, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Big Ten Network and Sundays on CBS. During the course of the regular season Ohio State will play two games on Monday, three each on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, six on Thursday and seven each on Saturday and Sunday.

Buckeyes In Midst of Best Decade in History
With 210 wins in the last eight seasons (2010-17), Ohio State already has more victories this decade than in any other in the program’s history. Ohio State won 189 games from 1980-1989 and 188 contests from 1960-69. The winning percentage of .732 (210-77) in the last eight years ties the best previous winning percentage in a decade set during from 1960-69 (188-69/.732).

Ohio Mr. Basketball at Ohio State
Freshman Kaleb Wesson, a 6-9 rookie from nearby Westerville, Ohio, was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio following his senior year at Westerville South High School. Wesson is the 12th Ohio Mr. Basketball to sign with the Buckeyes out of high school and the 13th to play for Ohio State. Tony Stockman earned the honor in 2000 but elected to start his career at Clemson. He later transferred to Ohio State and played in Columbus in 2004 and 2005.
Year Mr. Basketball
2017 Kaleb Wesson
2013 Marc Loving
2010 Jared Sullinger
2009 Jared Sullinger
2008 William Buford
2007 Jon Diebler
2004 Jamar Butler
2000 Tony Stockman (Clemson/Ohio State)
1995 Damon Stringer
1992 Greg Simpson
1991 Greg Simpson
1989 Jimmy Jackson
1988 Jimmy Jackson


*Mike Conley Jr. was elected into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017 and was officially recognized during Hall of Fame Weekend on the Ohio State campus the weekend of Oct. 7. Conley is the 39th men’s basketball student-athlete to be elected to the Athletics Hall of Fame. Conley, now in his 11th season with the Memphis Grizzlies, was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft after leading the Buckeyes to the NCAA National Championship game in 2007.

*Evan Turner, who was Ohio State’s 38th Hall of Fame inductee a season ago, was recognized Sept. 9 during Ohio State’s matchup with Oklahoma on the gridiron for his donation of $500,000 to the men’s basketball program. The donation will be used for graphics and to name the hallway outside the men’s basketball practice facility. Turner was the National Player of the Year in college basketball in 2010 and was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft that year (Philadelphia).



Red Sox’ Kimbrel (AL), Dodgers’ Jansen (NL) named 2017 MLB Relievers of the Year

Craig Kimbrel after a 2016 game with Boston By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


MLB and The Hartford honor Dodgers closer with Trevor Hoffman NL Award for second straight year; Red Sox closer honored with Mariano Rivera AL Award

Press Release | October 28th, 2017

Kenley Jansen of the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers is the recipient of the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award for the second consecutive season, while Craig Kimbrel of the Boston Red Sox has earned the 2017 Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award, Major League Baseball and presenting sponsor The Hartford announced today. The announcement was made at a press conference before Game Four of the World Series, which was attended by Jansen as well as Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., Hoffman, Rivera and Doug Elliot, president of The Hartford.

In his eighth year in the Major Leagues, Jansen became the first pitcher to win either the Rivera or Hoffman Award consecutively in the four-year history of this honor. The 30-year-old was a key cog of one of the best seasons in Dodger franchise history, as the Club set a Los Angeles-era record with 104 wins en route to its fifth consecutive NL West title. The second-time NL All-Star in 2017 posted a 1.32 ERA and a 0.746 WHIP, allowing only 44 hits and seven walks across 68.1 innings, in which he struck out 109 batters. The 6’5″ right-hander also put up a 5-0 record and tied for the NL lead with 41 saves in 42 opportunities. The Dodgers’ all-time leader in saves (230) averaged 14.4 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, compared to just 0.9 walks, and limited opponents to a .171 average, including just .120 by right-handed hitters. It was the Curaçao native’s sixth straight season of 25 or more saves, including his fourth straight with more than 35 and his third of more than 40. This season Jansen recorded 10 saves of four outs or more. He also struck out the side in an “immaculate inning” – on just nine pitches – on May 18th, just the 79th such occurrence in Major League history.

Kimbrel’s eighth year in the Majors and second with the Red Sox brought his sixth career All-Star selection. He fashioned an AL-best 1.43 ERA and a Major League-best 0.681 WHIP in his 67 games, limiting opponents to 33 hits and 14 walks in his 69.0 innings of work. The Alabama native shared the Major League lead among relievers by fanning 126 batters, the most by a Red Sox reliever since Dick Radatz in 1964 and good for a Major League-best 16.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He struck out 49.6% of the 249 batters he faced in 2017 and kept opposing batters to a .140 average (.109 by right-handed hitters) on his way to assembling a 5-0 record and 35 saves for AL East Champion Boston. He was also the winning pitcher for the American League in the 2017 All-Star Game in Miami. Kimbrel has posted more than 30 saves in each of the seven full seasons of his career. The right-hander is now the first pitcher ever to win both the Rivera and Hoffman Awards. In 2014, Kimbrel was the inaugural recipient of the Hoffman Award.

“We congratulate Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen for being named this year’s Reliever of the Year Award winners and applaud them for their outstanding achievements this season,” said The Hartford’s President Doug Elliot. “When it matters the most, Craig and Kenley help their teams prevail. At The Hartford, we share that commitment to deliver during the big moments.”

Balloting for the Rivera and Hoffman Awards, which debuted in the 2014 season, was conducted among a panel of seven all-time great relievers in order to determine the recipients. Rivera and Hoffman, both of whom spent their entire careers in the same League en route to the top of the all-time saves list, were joined as voters by three Hall of Fame relief pitchers – Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers and Bruce Sutter – as well as John Franco and Billy Wagner. The seven voters ranked the top three AL relief pitchers and the top three NL relief pitchers based solely on regular season performance, using a 5-3-1 weighted point system.

The AL relievers who were the runners-up are a pair of teammates on the American League Champion Houston Astros, right-handers Ken Giles (63 G, 1-3, 2.30 ERA, 34 saves, 62.2 IP, 44 H, 21 BB, 83 SO, 1.03 WHIP) Chris Devenski (62 G, 8-5, 2.68 ERA, 4 saves, 80.2 IP, 50 H, 26 BB, 100 SO, 0.94 WHIP), as well as New York Yankees right-hander David Robertson, who re-joined the team after a July trade with the Chicago White Sox (61 G, 9-2, 1.84 ERA, 14 saves, 68.1 IP, 14 H, 12 BB, 98 SO, 0.85 WHIP). Devenski and Robertson tied for third place.

The NL relievers who were the runners-up are Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corey Knebel (76 G, 1-4, 1.78 ERA, 39 saves, 76.0 IP, 48 H, 40 BB, 126 SO, 1.16 WHIP) and right-hander Wade Davis (59 G, 4-2, 2.30 ERA, 32 saves, 58.2 IP, 39 H, 28 BB, 79 SO, 1.14 WHIP) of the Chicago Cubs.

The Rivera and Hoffman Awards replaced MLB’s “Delivery Man of the Year Award,” which was presented to one winner in all of Major League Baseball from 2005-2013, and have continued a longstanding baseball tradition of honoring the game’s top relief pitchers. The inaugural winners in 2014 were Kimbrel, then of the Atlanta Braves, in the NL and Greg Holland of the Kansas City Royals for the AL. The 2015 recipients were Mark Melancon, then of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Andrew Miller, then of the New York Yankees, while last year’s honorees were Jansen and Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles.

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Kenley Jansen preparing on the mound 2017 photo By TonyTheTiger - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https



Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo named 2017 Roberto Clemente Award winner

Anthony Rizzo celebrates the final out of the 2016 World Series By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA, CC BY 2.0, https


Roberto Clemente by Unknown Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

Chicago Cubs first baseman recognized for his foundation’s commitment to helping kids and families battling cancer

Press Release |

HOUSTON — Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs has been named the recipient of the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award, the most prestigious individual player award from Major League Baseball. Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. officially announced Rizzo’s selection at a press conference prior to Game Three of the 113th World Series. Rizzo is the third Cubs player to win the Roberto Clemente Award, joining Rick Sutcliffe (1987) and Sammy Sosa (1998).

Rizzo has been a champion for pediatric cancer patients and their families, especially following his own experience as a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Soon after he established himself as a fixture in the Cubs lineup, Rizzo and his family created the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation (ARFF) to support children and families battling the disease and fund cancer research. Through ARFF, the “Hope 44 Fund” was launched to connect social workers and families affected by cancer in their journey against the disease. Hope 44 also provides financial assistance to families to offset medical costs so no family ever has to choose between paying a bill and saving their child’s life. In 2017 alone, ARFF committed more than $4 million to establish the Hope 44 program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago as well at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami (UM) Health System. Hope 44 now operates at several locations, in addition to Lurie’s and UM, including Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. In addition, ARFF also donated more than $350,000 directly to families battling cancer.

Rizzo and ARFF also host annual fundraising events in his home state of Florida and in Chicago, which have raised more than $4 million for organizations and facilities supporting children with cancer and their families. Rizzo makes monthly visits to Lurie Children’s Hospital during the Regular Season, and has developed friendships with those on the pediatric oncology floor. Lastly, Rizzo supports two summer camps in partnership with Gilda’s Club that offer children battling cancer the opportunity to engage in fun activities around Chicago.

“Anthony and his Foundation have had a positive impact on a cause that is all too familiar to our society,” said Commissioner Manfred. “Anthony’s status as one of Baseball’s young stars combined with his own inspiring fight against cancer has given children and their families the hope and support they need. Major League Baseball is proud to present this prestigious honor to Anthony, who is a great representative of our game and the humanitarian legacy of Roberto Clemente.”

Rizzo said: “Mr. Clemente was a true hero who dedicated his time to helping others. He set the bar high for what an athlete should be both on and off the field. To be named the Roberto Clemente Award recipient is truly an honor and means more to me and my family than I could ever express. As a cancer survivor, I know the challenges families face, watching loved ones fight this disease. I want to give them hope there is life after cancer. I encourage families to continue to ‘Stay Strong and Dream Big.’”
The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a Major League player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the “Commissioner’s Award,” but was renamed the “Roberto Clemente Award” in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Each September since 2002, Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day.

Vera Clemente said: “I am honored to welcome Anthony to the family of Roberto Clemente Award winners. As a cancer survivor, his story is powerful and his efforts with children and families in his home communities of Chicago and South Florida help spread positivity and inspiration to those who need it most. Roberto loved putting smiles on the faces of every child he met, and what Anthony continues to do is very much in that same spirit.”

Rizzo was selected from a list of 30 Club nominees by a distinguished panel that included Commissioner Manfred; Vera Clemente; Hall of Fame Broadcaster and the “Spanish-Language Voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers” Jaime Jarrín; MLB Network analysts and former Roberto Clemente Award winners Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds and John Smoltz (also of FOX Sports); ESPN analysts Jessica Mendoza and Mark Teixeira; FOX Sports Broadcasters Kevin Burkhardt and Dontrelle Willis; TBS analysts Ron Darling and Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez (both also of MLB Network); Executive Editor Carlton Thompson; Reporter Jesse Sanchez; Baseball Writers’ Association of America President Patrick Saunders; and others. Additionally, Rizzo won the fan vote, which was available via

Rizzo joins a distinguished list of national Roberto Clemente Award recipients, which includes 16 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Roberto Clemente Award

The award is given annually to a player who demonstrates the values Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others. Each club nominates a player in September. The winner is selected from 30 nominees during the World Series. Originally the Commissioner’s Award, the honor was named for Clemente in 1973.

Year Player Team Position
2017 Anthony Rizzo Chi Cubs (NL) 1B
2016 Curtis Granderson NY Mets (NL) CF
2015 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh (NL) CF
2014 Paul Konerko Chi White Sox (AL) 1B
2014 Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia (NL) SS
2013 Carlos Beltran St. Louis (NL) OF
2012 Clayton Kershaw LA Dodgers (NL) P
2011 David Ortiz Boston (AL) DH
2010 Tim Wakefield Boston (AL) P
2009 Derek Jeter NY Yankees (AL) SS
2008 Albert Pujols St. Louis (NL) 1B
2007 Craig Biggio Houston (NL) 2B
2006 Carlos Delgado NY Mets (NL) 1B
2005 John Smoltz Atlanta (NL) P
2004 Edgar Martinez Seattle (AL) DH
2003 Jamie Moyer Seattle (AL) P
2002 Jim Thome Cleveland (AL) 1B
2001 Curt Schilling Arizona (NL) P
2000 Al Leiter NY Mets (NL) P
1999 Tony Gwynn San Diego (NL) OF
1998 Sammy Sosa Chi Cubs (NL) OF
1997 Eric Davis Baltimore (AL) OF
1996 Kirby Puckett Minnesota (AL) OF
1995 Ozzie Smith St. Louis (NL) SS
1994 Dave Winfield Minnesota (AL) DH
1993 Barry Larkin Cincinnati (NL) SS
1992 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore (AL) SS
1991 Harold Reynolds Seattle (AL) 2B
1990 Dave Stewart Oakland (AL) P
1989 Gary Carter NY Mets (NL) C
1988 Dale Murphy Atlanta (NL) OF
1987 Rick Sutcliffe Chi Cubs (NL) P
1986 Garry Maddox Philadelphia (NL) OF
1985 Don Baylor NY Yankees (AL) DH
1984 Ron Guidry NY Yankees (AL) P
1983 Cecil Cooper Milwaukee (AL) 1B
1982 Ken Singleton Baltimore (AL) DH
1981 Steve Garvey Los Angeles (NL) 1B
1980 Phil Niekro Atlanta (NL) P
1979 Andre Thornton Cleveland (AL) 1B
1978 Greg Luzinski Philadelphia (NL) OF
1977 Rod Carew Minnesota (AL) 1B
1976 Pete Rose Cincinnati (NL) 3B
1975 Lou Brock St. Louis (NL) OF
1974 Willie Stargell Pittsburgh (NL) 1B
1973 Al Kaline Detroit (AL) OF
1972 Brooks Robinson Baltimore (AL) 3B
1971 Willie Mays San Francisco (NL) OF

Indians pickup 2018 options on LF Michael Brantley and RHP Josh Tomlin

Michael Brantley 2011 photo By Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


The Cleveland Indians Friday announced option decisions on the following players:

Exercised the 2018 club options on OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY and RHP JOSH TOMLIN.

Brantley, 30, hit .299 (101-338) with 20 doubles, 9 home runs and 52 RBI in 90 games played in 2018. Michael missed 61 games due to a pair of stints on the 10-day Disabled List and underwent surgery to stabilize his right ankle on October 18. Michael’s .299 batting average was 15th-highest (+) in the American League and his 2.1 WAR (%) was 10th-highest on the club despite 90 games played.

Tomlin, 33, posted a mark of 10-9 with a 4.98 ERA in 26 starts for Cleveland this season (141.0IP, 166H, 78ER, 14BB, 109 SO). Over his last 10 starts after July 6, Josh went 6-0 with a 3.11 ERA (19ER/55.0IP) and his 0.89 walks per 9.0 innings was the lowest ratio in Major League Baseball (^).



Josh Tomlin 2011 photo By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https





Former Indians reliever Scott Atchison returns as bullpen coach

Scott Atchison (50) in 2012 with NY Mets by slgckgc, CC BY 2.0, https


The Cleveland Indians recently announced the club has named SCOTT ATCHISON Major League Bullpen Coach.

Atchison, 41, has spent the last two seasons as the club’s Major League Advance Coach & Staff Assistant following his retirement from a 17-year playing career. As Advance Coach, Atchison assisted the club’s advance scouting process, provided analysis of upcoming opponents and assisted the club’s pitching coaches on a daily basis.

The Woodlands, Texas native and TCU alum appeared in 298 games over his nine-year Major League pitching career, going 17-11 with a 3.63 ERA for Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, New York-NL and Cleveland. He spent his final two seasons working out of the Indians bullpen, combining to make 93 relief appearances in 2014 and 2015.




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