Long before becoming an All Star second baseman and a two time World Series participant with the Texas Rangers, Ian Kinsler was a journeyman college player tallying stops at Central Arizona College, and Arizona State before finally finding a home with the Missouri Tigers. In the story link below, Mizzou baseball coach Tim Jamieson recalls the recruitment of Kinsler, his impact on the Tigers program, and how excited he is to see Kinsler’s success in the major leagues.
Mizzou grad Kinsler has been key for the Rangers — STLToday.com
After a storied high school career at Lafayette High School outside of St. Louis, David Freese decided to call it quits. He enrolled at the University of Missouri but did not play baseball despite the pleas of the the Mizzou coaching staff. Following his freshman year at Mizzou, Freese returned to his home town and decided to give baseball another shot. He decided to play junior college ball at Meramec Community College and later at the University of South Alabama before being ninth round pick of the San Diego Padres in 2006 before being traded to the Cardinals in the Jim Edmonds deal. In the story link below, Freese talks about losing and then regaining his love for baseball, playing for his home town Cardinals, and enjoying the team’s playoff push. It’s a good read.
Freese has coming-out party — Columbia Tribune
Former University of Missouri pitcher Nick Tepesch was recently named the Pitcher of the Month in the Texas Rangers organization for the month of June. He talks about winning the award as well as how his experience as a pro has compared to his experience at Mizzou.
Blue Springs grad honored by Texas Rangers — Examiner.net