Oct. 9, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - As the Mizzou baseball team continues its run through fall ball, the team is also placing a watchful eye on a pair of former players in Max Scherzer and Ian Kinsler, who are both playing in the Major League Baseball American League Championship Series (ALCS). For the second-straight season, Mizzou is guaranteed to have a former player in the World Series as Scherzer's Detroit Tigers and Kinsler's Texas Rangers are meeting in the ALCS.
MLB.com's Evan Drellich caught up with Scherzer, Kinsler and Mizzou head coach Tim Jamieson for a story that appeared on MLB.com. The story is below.
ARLINGTON -- Tim Jamieson's feelings won't match the internal tug-of-war Yvonne and Manny Upton were in position for this offseason -- that parental confusion that BJ and Justin Upton's mother and father were in store for if both their children had made the World Series.
But for Jamieson, to see two of his former players compete for a chance to play on baseball's biggest stage, one at the plate and the other on the mound, the emotion can't be too disparate.
Jamieson, the long-time head coach at the University of Missouri, was there when Max Scherzer's fastball first transformed into the upper-90s weapon that allowed him to once-upon-a-time out-pitch a collegiate Joba Chamberlain, the fastball that's helped carry him and the Tigers to the American League Championship Series. He was there, too, when the Rangers' Ian Kinsler launched a mammoth home run over the Left Field Lounge -- a tailgate area that sits beyond the fence at Mississippi State -- proof positive for the critics that Kinsler didn't lack for power, even if his frame lacked in size. Click Here to read the rest of the story.