Vanderbilt Commodore Links: 2011.08.16 Edition

Here's the latest Vanderbilt Commodore news from around the internet. I'm hopeful to be more diligent and regular with the daily links post. Here's everything I found relevant over the last 24 hours:

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Basketball and baseball after the jump.

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Vanderbilt Commodore Baseball

  • Jerome Boettcher gives an overview of where the Commodores stand after MLB's signing day last night:

    Clinard will provide the leadership and experience for what will be a young pitching staff. Kevin Ziomek returns after a freshman All-American season. The lefty was 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 27 appearances, including five starts. Fellow freshman phenom T.J. Pecoraro (7-0, 1.59 ERA) is expected to miss most or all of the 2012 campaign after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery.

  • The amount of money Tyler Beede turned down last night has set a new high-water mark for the baseball program with respect to high school recruits and foregoing MLB overtures:

    Auburn's Tyler Beede turned down a $2.5 million signing bonus tonight from the Toronto Blue Jays, the team that picked the hard-throwing right-hander 21st overall in June's MLB draft. ... "They were still far off," Beede said. "They ended up getting to $2.5 million, but that still wasn't what we valued the Vanderbilt education at. It was obviously the hardest decision I've ever had to make, but I'm tremendously excited."

  • Predictably, there are some "TROLLonto" Blue Jays fans that are not too happy with Mr. Beede right now. Here's why:

    They have made outstanding draft choices like Roy Halladay, Vernon Wells and Chris Carpenter over the years. And there have been June draft picks they’d rather forget, such as Augie Schmidt, Matt Stark and Greg David, once dealt for visas. Yet, the first player the Blue Jays selected their first 34 seasons had always signed. Always. Until Monday night when right-hander Tyler Beede declined the Jays $2-million US offer to pitch for the Vanderbilt University Commodores.

Hey Toronto fans:


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