Feb
16

Steinbrenner Field set to host Florida Four in March

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College baseball fans heading to Tampa for some Spring Training action this March are in for a treat. The Yankees and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission announced yesterday that Steinbrenner Field will play host to a pair of college games on March 2 that pits the state’s top collegiate teams against each other. The University of South Florida will play the University of Miami while the University of Florida will face off with Florida State in the second game.

“We’ve been working with the Yankees for a few years now to bring another premier event to our community,” Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission Rob Higgins said. “We hope it serves as launching pad to Omaha for the four programs. This is a story that will start in March and we hope continues on to June. ”

“On behalf of the World Champion New York Yankees, it is with great pleasure and pride that we welcome the Florida Four Baseball Classic to George M. Steinbrenner Field. As a past collegiate coach, it is George Steinbrenner’s dream to create this event for Tampa”, Felix Lopez, one of the team’s senior vice presidents, said. “We welcome the great schools of Florida to our facility and look forward to continuing this event for years to come”

According to our own resident college expert Mike Axisa, both Florida and Miami feature a few players to watch at this tournament. Miami’s catcher Yasmani Grandal is a likely first-rounder this year and Chris Hernandez, a lefty hurler, will probably go in the top three rounds. Eric Erickson, also a southpaw, was drafted by the Yanks in the 43rd round of the 2006 draft. Florida features Matt den Dekker, one of Mike’s potential first-round targets last year, and Nick Maronde, another lefty Mike named as a signability guy in 2008.

Anyway, this should be a great event. So if you’re in the Tampa area or are stopping by the Yanks’ complex for some Grapefruit League action, check out the Florida Four. A bunch of talented youngsters are going to be playing for state pride. (Hat tip to Maury Brown)

Categories : Spring Training
  • Tom Zig

    Yasmani Grandal sounds like a LOTR character.

    But good for the Yanks for setting up a sick match up of college programs.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    The Yankees and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission announced yesterday that Steinbrenner Field will play host to a pair of college games on March 2 that pits the state’s top collegiate teams against each other. The University of South Florida will play the University of Miami while the University of Florida will face off with Florida State in the second game.

    Welcome to the club, South Florida Bulls.

    The big penis club.

    /Chappelle’d

    • ticktock

      their balls are smooth as eggs

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Son: Daddy, are you sad?
        Dave: Naw. You’re too young to understand this yet, but… this s#$% is f$%&#ing crazy.

        You used to live in my balls, man!

        • ticktock

          what the fuck is juice?

          LONG LIVE CHAPPELLES

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Eric Erickson, also a southpaw, was drafted by the Yanks in the 43rd round of the 2006 draft.

    I think this kid sounds like a winner. He’s got a winner’s name.

    Sincerely,
    tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada a/k/a Ridiculous Upside a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones, who doesn’t have any actual legal government name that anyone here on the RAB board would possibly have any way of knowing about or finding out about

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      I see what you’ve done here.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I firmly believe that Freud was wrong when he claimed there was only 5 stages of psychosexual development.

        There’s eight. Hope, will, purpose, competence, fidelity, love, caring, wisdom.

        (DUCWIDT?)

  • Camilo Gerardo

    i like that they are tying to make it tradition~

  • http://www.twitter.com/jjhukill Jon in Cyclist-Unfriendly Orlando

    I’ll be there. Thanks for the tip.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    *enter generic Kiersten “Go Canes!” comment here*

    Yasmani kicked Ryan Braun’s butt in the preseason home run derby on Saturday.

  • Native Nole

    It would have been nice if the ticket prices were the same as ALL college baseball, but the Yankee organization has got to make money ….plus pakring – I am not a happy Nole

  • JLew192

    GO GATORS UF 2014!