UIC alum and Hall of Famer Curtis Granderson recently signed a four-year deal to continue his professional baseball career with the New York Mets. Granderson spent the previous four seasons with the New York Yankees after spending six years with the Detroit Tigers organization. He will wear No. 3 for the Mets, signifying the month he was born - March.
UIC Associate Head Baseball Coach Sean McDermott walks fans through a guided video tour of the latest construction updates with Curtis Granderson Stadium. McDermott also details the stadium's unique features that include a full outfield berm for patron seating, side-by-side bullpens behind the left field wall and state-of-the art dugouts amenities.
UIC Head Baseball Coach Mike Dee announced the signing of five newcomers to the Flames' 2015 squad on Wednesday afternoon. The signees include Trevor Lane (LHP/OF, 5-11, 185), Jake Dahlberg (LHP, 6-1, 205), Connor Rolain (OF, 6-0, 200), Rob Calabrese (C, 6-1, 205) and Austin Batka (LHP, 5-10, 150).
The UIC baseball coaching staff will hold two camps during the holiday season, starting with the Elite Prospect Camp on Dec. 30 and finishing with the Future Flames Advanced Skills Camp on Dec. 31. Both camps will take place in UIC's Physical Educational Building located at 901 W. Roosevelt Road.
Construction of Curtis Granderson Stadium continues to stay on schedule with several facets of the project beginning to take shape. Walls for the outfield bullpen and fan seating berms are nearing completion as crews prepare for the pouring of concrete in coming days.
For almost a decade now, Mike Dee has listened to Chicago media and fans criticize the Cubs and White Sox for whiffing on a truly homegrown treasure. He says that the knock hasn't been founded, that the local teams knew all about Curtis Granderson when he was hitting .483 for the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames, who will soon play their games in Curtis Granderson Stadium.