Sunday Morning Coffee 3/15/15 - 3/21/15

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Our segment called "Sunday Morning Coffee" which highlights various topics relevant to Broken Bat Blog over the past week. 

MLB
The New York Mets were delivered a major blow when it was announced that Zack Wheeler will have Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2015 season. This comes on the heels of the announcement that reliever Josh Edgin will also miss the season with the same surgery. It's a good thing the Mets didn't trade any pitching this off season.

Former Tri-City ValleyCat and the first overall pick in the 2013 Draft, Mark Appel pitched three scoreless innings, striking out two against the New York Yankees in Grapefruit League match-up on Saturday. The outing lowered Appel's spring ERA to 2.57. This is great news for the Houston Astros who need Appel, their top prospect to have a bounce back season after struggling early in 2014. 

Mark Appel pitching for the Tri-City ValleyCats in 2013 (Photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Kris Bryant smashed his 8th home run of the spring for the Cubs and it's still not clear whether he will make their opening day roster. Bryant should be third baseman on opening day. Yes, baseball is a business but you haven't won a world series in over a century.


NHL
The New York Islanders finally got back in the win column defeating the New Jersey Devils Saturday night 3-0. The win coincided with the return of defenseman Nick Leddy. The Islanders will need forget their recent struggles and focus on making the playoffs.

NCAA Basketball
The University at Albany lost their 2nd round match-up to the University of Oklahoma on Friday night. It was a great season for the Great Danes.

On March 18th, Vermonters celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the University of Vermont beating Syracuse University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 

NCAA Hockey
The University of Vermont Catamounts lost in the Hockey East semi-finals to the UMASS-Lowell 4-1. The Cats' offense was on exisitant while their Brady Hoffman was shaky in goal. The Cats' will need a miracle to make the NCAA Tournament otherwise their season is over.

Independent Baseball
The Long Island Ducks announced earlier in the week that they will be retiring the numbers for arguably the two greatest players in their organizations history, Justin Davies (#4) and Ray Navarrete (#16). These will be the first two numbers the Ducks have retired in their 16 year history.


By: Corey Mansfield
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