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 Vince Faison ends football career- Faison has left the Tennessee Vols because of high blood pressure. He will be a student coach at UT.  Y-101 Story  Y-101 Story Part 2
 Y-101 Interview- Vince Faison was a guest at halftime of the Toombs County/Dodge basketball game and he talked about getting ready to play his first season of college football at the University of Tennessee. Audio

 

Faison will play football again

It has been nine years since former Toombs County Bulldog Vince Faison last played football. Faison, who signed with Georgia as a high school senior instead opted to play professional baseball after being a first round draft choice of the San Diego Padres. Faison has always had football in the back of his mind and now at the age of 26 he is going to play for the Tennessee Volunteers. Vince talked to Y-101 about his decision. Audio  

Y-101 Story

in the news 

Somehow, someway this story on Vince Faison, aired on Y-101 Radio on Tuesday, October 16, 2007, has been picked up by the national media. Check out the media outlets that have published this story and credited it to Y-101 Radio in Lyons, Georgia: Macon Telegraph  Chattanooga Times Free Press  Dawg Post   Kentucky Sports Page   Get the Picture  The third Saturday in Blogtober    

Vince Faison's 2007 season with the Midland Rockhounds of the Double A Texas League

  

Vince with the Rockhounds

 

Faison returns to baseball and has a big game 

One week after his father was laid to rest, Vince Faison Jr. was back in the lineup for the Midland Rockhounds of the Double A Texas League and he had a 3-for-4 game with three runs batted in as Midland beat Corpus Christi 8-4. Listen to the highlights courtesy KCRS Radio Audio  Read about Vince's big game and his comments about playing after his father's death in this story in the Midland newspaper.  

 Faison comes off the bench and has big game 

Former Toombs County Bulldog Vince Faison stroked at double and a triple in the first weekend of August. Faison now leads the Texas League by two three-baggers. Listen to the highlights  Audio  Click here and then click video high to watch Vince's triple

Faison wasn't in the starting lineup for a Midland Rockhound game on July 25, but Vince entered the game in the second and then went 3-for-3 with two singles and a ninth inning home run. Vince tied the game in the sixth and put the Hounds up 5-4 in the ninth. Listen to the highlights courtesy KCRS Radio. Audio  Audio  See Vince Faison triple- click here and then click Video High

  Faison salutes coach Callaway in the Midland newspaper

The Midland paper did a story on why there are so few blacks playing baseball and they interviewed Vince and he said the following:

He credits a man named Anson Calloway, who ran the local recreation center, with keeping him involved in sports. "Most of the kids that go to the high school have come through that program at the recreation department. Some have been fortunate enough to go off and play (NCAA) Division I, Division II or junior college sports. I've been fortunate enough to be around a community and good people to get me here. People don't give (Calloway) credit for what he does but every time I speak, I speak highly of him because if it wasn't for him getting the recreation department started then I wouldn't be in the situation I am." 

 Faison injures wrist making a big play 

Former Toombs County Bulldog Vince Faison injured his wrist making a play on a fly ball hit to the wall in Arkansas on July 9. Vince went 3-for-4 in that game with two doubles and a homer. Listen to the highlights courtesy KCRS Radio. Audio  Faison missed a week of action and then returned to the lineup as a designated hitter and stroked a double in his fourth at bat of the game. In Faison's first game back in the field, he made a diving catch and he hit his Texas League leading eighth triple. Audio   

 Faison breaks out of slump with three multi-hit games

Former Toombs County Bulldog Vince Faison broke out of a 1-for-17 with two two-hit games against Springfield and Arkansas. On July 6 Faison went 2-4 with a double and a RBI single for the Midland Rockhounds of the Double A Texas League. He followed that up on July 7 with another 2-for-4 game. He had the Rockhounds only two hits off Nick Adenhart, who pitched six innings of shutout ball. Vince singled in the third and hit his league-leading seventh triple.  Audio highlight from KCRS On July 9 Vince went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer Audio

Faison wins game in extra innings with big hit

Former Toombs County Bulldog Vince Faison lifted the Midland Rockhounds to a 5-4 win over Arkansas on July 1 with a one out single in the bottom of the 11th inning.  Audio highlight from KCRS  Vince told the Midland Reporter-Telegram,  

"It was an 0-1 fastball. I was just trying to get a good pitch to try to put it in play and get a hit. We had two outs. I was trying to step up and pick up my fellow teammate."

Vince still leads the Texas League in triples with six. He recently hit a triple and a home run in the same game. Here is a Y-101 report on that game and Vince's season.  Audio 

Vince hit his fifth triple of the season on May 23 in a 2-for-4 effort with three RBI's and two runs scored against Tulsa. Listen to Audio highlights courtesy KCRS Radio. On May 13, Frisco led Vince's Midland Rockhound team 8-1 going to the bottom of the seventh. The Rockhounds sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs to tie the game and then they scored one more in the eighth to win 9-8. Vince doubled in two runs in the seventh and scored the sixth run of the inning.  Audio Highlight Courtesy KCRS Radio  

Faison was the headline in Midland's 6-4 win over San Antonio on May 10. Faison had bunt single in the seventh inning as the Rockhounds rallied from a 2-1 defecit and then he stroked a two-run triple in the eighth.  Audio Highlights KCRS Radio  Midland Reporter-Telegram

In back-to-back games for the Double A Midland Rockhounds of the Texas Leauge, Vince Faison hit his first home run and he also pitched two innings in an 18-inning game.  Audio Story  Rockhounds' Result Page  RockHounds' Web Site    

 

Faison was in Phoenix trying to break into the Major Leagues   

 

Vince Faison

The Vince Faison Report- Vince has been re-assigned to minor league camp

Toombs County's Vince Faison was in the Oakland A's spring training camp as a non-roster invitee. Faison was trying to make the big league team as a back up outfielder. Unfortunately, Vince was sent down to the minor league camp. Story  Toombs NOW will continue to follow Vince.   

Vince was 3-14 with the Oakland A's and hit .214 with two runs scored, one RBI and four strikeouts.  Vince's player page  Toombs NOW audio story on Vince 

Here is a game-by-game log of Faison's time with the Oakland A's

Game 8- March 11- The Oakland A's split their squad and played two games and Faison started his first game of the spring for the A's who played host to the Giants in Phoenix. Vince played center field and batted eighth. He went 0-4 to extend his hitless streak to 10 at bats. Oakland scored a run in the ninth and won the game  3-2.  Game Facts and Box Score (Vince is 3-14 and is hitting .214 with 2 runs scored and one RBI. Vince is 0 for his last 10)   

Game 7- March 10- Vince and Travis Buck shared right field. Buck started and went 0-2 with a strikeout and a walk and Vince finished the game and went 0-2 with a strikeout. The Chicago White Sox scored 10 runs in the first four innings and beat Oakland 10-6.  Game Story   Game Facts   Box Score  (Faison is 3-10 and is hitting .300 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Faison is 0 for his last 6.)

Game 6- March 9-  Faison entered a game versus the San Francisco Giants in the fith inning as a pinch runner and Vince scored on a single by Mike Piazza. Piazza went 2-3 with his third double of the season and a two RBI's. Faison had two plate appearances and went 0-2 with a strikeout. The A's won the game 5-3.  Game Facts   Box Score  (Faison is 3-8 and is hitting .376 with 2 runs scored and a RBI)  

March 8- Vince did not play in the Oakland A's 7-6 loss to the Texas Rangers. The A's only played four outfielders in this game. Game facts Box Score

Game 5- March 7-  Vince came into the game, off the bench, and played both left and center field. Vince went 0-2 with two strikeouts. Oakland hitters struck out 10 times in a 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Game facts  Game Story  Another Game Story   Box Score  (Faison is 3-6 and is hitting .500 with a run scored and a RBI)

Game 4- March 6- Vince had one of five Oakland hits in the A's 3-2 loss in 10 innings to Kansas City. Vince's at bat came in the bottom of the10th inning after the Royals had scored the go ahead run in the top of the frame. The single was off reliever Matt Wright, a 6-foot-4 220 pound righthander. Wright was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and pitched in their organization at all levels including Triple A Richmond last season. He won 10 games in 2006 including seven at Double A Mississippi. Wright was signed as a free agent by the Royals.  Box Score  Game Story  Another Game Story  (Vince is 3-4 and is hitting .750 with a run scored and a RBI)     

Game 3- March 5- Vince was used as a pinch runner in the ninth for the DH and did not get an at bat. Oakland beat the LA Angels 8-7 to go 3-1 in spring training. Nick Swisher hit a three-run homer, his first of the spring, and Dan Johnson laced a solo homer for the A's.  Box Score  (Vince is 2-3 for the spring and is hitting .667 with a run scored and a RBI)

Game 2- March 4- Vince went 2-2 with a run scored and a RBI.  Vince entered the game in the fifth inning as a pinch runner for Nick Swisher and then in two at bats he had two singles and scored a run and drove in one as well.  The A's scored one in the 7th and 2 in the 8th and beat San Diego 4-3. Vince showed he can still run as he scored from first on a double into the left field corner.  Game Story   Box Score   (Vince is 2-3 for the spring and is hitting .667 with a run scored and a RBI) 

Game 1- March 2- Faison went  0-1 in Oakland's 7-6 win over Milwaukee.   Box Score  (Vince is 0-1 for the spring)