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A look at where former Mizzou Baseball Tigers have landed on MLB Opening Day Rosters

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An Opening Day edition

Happy Opening Day festivities to all you Cardinals and Royals fans out there. The Royals beat the Guardians 3-1, and the Cardinals beat the Pirates 9-0 yesterday as both teams improved to 1-0 on the 162-game season.

If you’re curious about where former Mizzou Baseball Tigers are on MLB ball clubs, well, you’re in luck.

Four Tigers have landed on their MLB team’s Opening Day roster, and to no one’s surprise, all of them are pitchers. Pitcher U, indeed. That’s three starters and one reliever.

Max Scherzer is the headliner, who signed with the New York Mets this offseason. Due to a hamstring injury, Scherzer wasn’t named the Mets’ Opening Day starter, but he has been cleared to get the start tonight, against his former team, the Nationals, in DC.

Kyle Gibson of the Philadelphia Phillies is scheduled to get the start on Saturday afternoon against the Oakland A’s. The Phillies acquired Gibson from the Rangers around last season’s Trade Deadline. Gibson is the Phillies’ third starter behind Aaron Nola and an injured Zack Wheeler in their rotation.

Tanner Houck will get the start for the Boston Red Sox on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball against heated rival New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, so that will be one to watch — for sure.

Unfortunately for Peter Fairbanks, he suffered a lat injury in spring training and his debut in 2022 for the Tampa Bay Rays is going to be delayed.

According to, there are 12 former Tigers that are currently in the minor leagues. At the highest level (Triple-A) include Josh Lester (Tigers organization), Reggie McClain (Yankees organization), and the brother of Mizzou’s pitching coach Mitch Plassmeyer, Michael Plassmeyer (Giants organization).

Onto the links. M-I-Z! Plus, some assistant hoops coach news upcoming (insert eyeball emoji)

Yesterday at Rock M

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