Conley Signs With Cardinals
The last of the five Huskies taken in this year's Major League Baseball draft has signed with his pro team as former UW outfielder Kyle Conley has inked a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Conley, a two-time All-Pac-10 first-teamer from the Tri-Cities, will report to the Quad Cities River Bandits in Davenport, Iowa. The Bandits are on the road to face Cedar Rapids this evening.
Here's a story (with video) from KEPR-TV in the Tri-Cities and another brief mention from a scout.com site that covers the Cards.
Conley joins Brian Pearl (Reds), Jason Erickson (Pirates), Jorden Merry (Mariners) and Jake Rife (Angels) in this year's draft class. Check out this list of former Huskies in professional baseball to see where all the Dawgs are playing now.
MORE INDEPENDENCE DAY BASEBALL NEWS:
July 4 didn't only mean the annual national holiday in the baseball world Saturday, it was also the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's famous "Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" speech, when the ailing Iron Horse bid New York fans farewell two years before succumbing to the illness that now bears his names.
Ceremonies in remembrance of the speech were held in San Francisco, and former Husky Tim Lincecum gave the 34,582 in attendance another terrific show as his Giants blanked Houston, 9-0. Lincecum, the 2006 Golden Spikes Award winner as a Husky, improved to 9-2 on the season with a seven-inning outing.
He struck out nine, allowed only three hits and even scored a pair of runs for the Giants. He's now thrown 23 straight scoreless innings.
As mentioned in this AP story, Tim has a good shot to start for the National League in the All-Star game. Congrats, Tim, and keep up the great work!
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