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Hawaii baseball alum Kolten Wong wins first Gold Glove

By Christian Shimabuku on November 3, 2019

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman and former University of Hawaii star Kolten Wong won his first Gold Glove on Sunday, as voted on by MLB coaches and managers. Wong beat out finalists Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves and Adam Frazier of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Many believed Wong would win his first Gold Glove at second base last year, but that award went to DJ LeMahieu, who was with the Colorado Rockies at the time. Wong was a finalist at […]

Hawaii baseball: 53-game schedule includes national champ Vanderbilt

By Stephen Tsai on November 2, 2019

The Hawaii baseball team announced an ambitious 2020 schedule that features a road series against defending championship Vanderbilt. The Rainbow Warriors will play 53 games, including a three-weekend stretch in which Pac-12 opponents Washington State and Oregon will bookend the road trip against Vanderbilt. The ‘Bows also will embark on a eight-game, 14-day road trip in April. That trip will include nonconference games against Cal State Bakersfield, which joins the Big West the following season, and Pepperdine. The ‘Bows play […]

Hawaii baseball: Armed and ready

By Stephen Tsai on October 19, 2019

There are a lot of things to take away from last night’s 15-inning exhibition between the Hawaii and Air Force baseball teams. The Rainbow Warriors won, 12-7, in a pitchers’ showcase skewed by nine runs in the 13th inning — five by UH, five by AFA. Some thoughts: > The ‘Bows have a lot of pitching depth. “We’ve been throwing strikes all fall,” head coach Mike Trapasso said. Of the scrimmage, “13 of our 15 guys threw well,” Trapasso said, […]

‘Bows in the Pros: Hawaii baseball alum Kolten Wong looks to build on best year

By Brian McInnis on October 3, 2019

Kolten Wong is ready to build on his finest season to date. When the Hawaii alum’s St. Louis Cardinals take on the Atlanta Braves today in the NL Division Series (11 a.m. HST on TBS), the second baseman is expected to bat seventh in the lineup in his return from a recent injury. And if he produces like he did before he went out of the lineup, that’s a huge gain for the NL Central champs. Wong, in his sixth […]

Hawaii baseball: Former UH infielder Josh Rojas called up to the major leagues

By Billy Hull on August 12, 2019

Less than two weeks after he was traded from the Houston Astros to the Arizona Diamondback as part of the Zack Grienke deal, former University of Hawaii infielder Josh Rojas has been called up to the big leagues. #Dbacks select infielder Josh Rojas from the Triple-A Reno @Aces. Welcome to The Show, @JoshRojass! #RattleOn pic.twitter.com/iYgdglpr1q — Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) August 12, 2019 Rojas, a two-year starter at UH from 2016-17 after transferring from a junior college, hit .514 (18-for-35) with […]

College World Series champ Vanderbilt set to host Hawaii baseball in 2020

By Stephen Tsai on June 27, 2019

The 2019 College World Series finalists — champion Vanderbilt and runner-up Michigan — will be heading to a UH baseball calendar. The Rainbow Warriors will play Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., in March in the first year of a home-and-home series. Mike Trapasso said the Commodores initiated the contact. Thirteen Commodores recently were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. In 2021, Michigan is set to visit the ‘Bows for a series at Les Murakami Stadium. The ‘Bows had […]

Hawaii baseball: Dylan Thomas signs with Minnesota Twins

By Stephen Tsai on June 12, 2019

Former UH pitcher Dylan Thomas is in a Sunshine state — geographically and emotionally — after signing a contract with the Minnesota Twins. The signing took place this morning at the Twins’ training facility in Florida. Thomas said he will receive a $100,000 signing bonus. Thomas is expected to be assigned to the Elizabethon (Tenn.) Twins of the Appalachian League. Thomas was the Twins’ 13th-round draft choice last week and 38th-round pick in 2018. After failing to reach an agreement […]

Hawaii baseball: Minnesota Twins pick Dylan Thomas in 13th round

By Stephen Tsai on June 5, 2019

A year later and 25 rounds earlier, the Minnesota Twins selected pitcher Dylan Thomas in the 13th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Thomas was the Twins’ 38th-round choice in last year’s draft. But he opted to return to UH as a fourth-year junior. Thomas and six family members gathered to watch today’s draft on a TV that was hooked up to a computer. A few minutes before the selection, an area scout called Thomas to check on his […]