February is time for the season to begin and it is also the month of letter of intent signings for football and soccer. BYU baseball has two items of note in regard to football.
Many are aware of freshman outfielder Jacob Hannemann who redshirted this past football season. Hannemann says he will dedicate February to baseball, but will be dividing his time between the two sports in March.
One former player who once signed a football letter of intent with BYU is McKay Christensen, who inked with the Cougars in February of 1994. Months later, he signed with the Anaheim Angels as their No. 1 draft prior to serving a mission to Japan. Following his mission, he had a four-year Major League career with the White Sox, Dodgers and Mets.
Christensen was among the motivational speakers for BYU baseball players in coach Mike Littlewood’s Personal Development series. Among other motivational speakers in that series were former BYU Athletics Director and baseball coach Glen Tuckett and former Cougar pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie is starting his 10th-year in the Major League, now with the Royals.
Taking off soon for spring training along with Guthrie are former BYU third baseman Steve Parker and Marcus Littlewood, the son of Coach Littlewood, both of whom have been working out alongside the Cougars in the Indoor Practice Facility.
BYU’s baseball team cancelled going to St. George this weekend because of potential rain/weather problems. Last weekend in their second trip to St. George for practices, the Cougars played 23 innings in a 24-hour period.
Adam Law, who is switching from the middle infield to anchoring third base in the lineup, is one player who continues to take extra batting practice. Early mornings in the batting cages at Miller Park, Law takes batting practice from his grandpa Vernon Law, the 1960 Cy Young winner for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 82-year-old Law often throws over 100 pitches from a bucket of balls to his grandson.
BYU’s baseball team wears a shirt with the theme “Be in the Fight,” printed on the back. Those words are taken from the Marcus Luttrell book Lone Survivor, which the team has read. Coach Littlewood explains to his team that he always wants them to be in the fight during games.
Game-time for the April 8 contests against Washington State in Provo was recently changed from 3 p.m., to 10 a.m., due to airline reservations. The Red Cougars play at Utah in a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series prior to the Monday game with the Blue Cougars.
Since last month’s blog, utility man Morgan Flinders has received his mission call to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Speaking of foreign countries, BYU pitching coach Jeremy Thomas made his fifth trip to China the end of last year for his "other job." In addition to coaching baseball, Thomas is a consultant/partner for Steton Technology Group.
Another development since last month was the acceptance of left-handed senior pitcher Daniel Welch to the BYU Marriott School of Management. Past BYU baseball players who have been accepted to the Marriott School include David Parry, J.T. Musso, Michael Bowen, Leon Johnson and Daniel Sechrest.