Illini take the field for some fall practice

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Today, the University of Illinois baseball team took the field at Illinois Field for the first time this semester for practice.  So I took off work early and got some photos.

It was a sunny, hot 92-93 degrees and just standing around was enough to work up a sweat.

I saw a lot of players I recognized from last year and quite a few new kids on the block.  When i was there, it was mostly warmups, drills and a little batting practice.

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Joe Bonadonna Casey McMurray and Nick Stockwell

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Coach Eric Snider teaching the finer points of laying down the bunt.

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Some of the pitchers were practicing their faux deliveries on a wooden beam in front of full length mirror.

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Snider feeding the pitching machine under the scoreboard in left field.  ugh… 93 degrees.

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Dom Altobelli (right) came over to shake my hand before practice.  It sounds like the torn labrum which he injured last season is still nagging him.  Hopefully, he’ll be good as new by spring.

More photos at the Photo Gallery.

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