Commodores In The Pros
A pair of Vanderbilt alums are trying to retain their spots in the majors after a lengthy road through the minor leagues. Elsewhere, two other Commodores are one promotion away from joining the New York Yankees.
NBA champion Festus Ezeli threw out the first pitch at a recent San Francisco Giants game. It would have been more appropriate, however, if he had just run out and spiked one of Tim Lincecum's pitches instead.
If Tony Kemp keeps playing like this, the Houston Astros will have no choice but to call him up. Behind him, former Vanderbilt players like Tyler Beede, Taylor Hill, and Drew Hayes are making waves in the minors.
Grantland's Zach Lowe relays a story about hard times in Festus Ezeli's sophomore season in the NBA and how his own coach tried to turn his team against him. Ezeli, being a giant teddy bear, handled things just how you'd think.
Andrew East and Vince Taylor weren't chosen in the NFL Draft, but they'll still have a chance to play on Sundays. Find out which NFL teams snapped up the Commodores' standouts inside.
Vanderbilt alums have had a busy month in the majors. But things are developing down on the farm as well. Has Jason Esposito finally figured things out? Can Brian Miller and Adam Ravenelle keep up this torrid start to their pro careers?
Two former Vanderbilt baseball stars earned their first trips to the major leagues this past week. Meanwhile, players like Mike Yastrzemski and Conrad Gregor continued to rake in the minors.