Page 2 of 2 Previous

Continued: Scoggins: Gophers pitching coach makes most of extra innings

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 20, 2013 - 11:02 PM

Oakes’ son, Tyler, assumed his dad’s coaching duties in his absence and remains with the team as a volunteer assistant. Todd’s stamina and strength are returning gradually, but he’s still dealing with post-transplant complications known as graft-versus-host disease. Symptoms include nauseousness, a severe rash and fatigue.

“My legs feel like I run a marathon every day,” he said earlier this season.

But he’s on the road to recovery. Oakes also takes solace in the ripple effect that his illness has had on his players. Many of them routinely give blood now and also participated in a Be The Match marrow registry drive on campus. Sophomore pitcher Jordan Jess learned that he is a match and donated his stem cells in early February.

“I probably wouldn’t have signed up if it wasn’t for TO,” Jess said. “When they called, I was shocked. Then I was like, this is cool because hopefully I’ll get to help save someone’s life.”

Oakes can’t help but consider his cancer a blessing in that regard.

“A lot of ways it’s had a positive influence on people,” he said. “I remember when Jordan called and told me, I got tingles up and down my body. I got this sensation. It’s weird how it all worked out.”

 

Chip Scoggins • ascoggins@startribune.com.

 

  • related content

  • Chart: Big Ten baseball tournament info

    Monday May 20, 2013

    Who: The top six finishers from the regular season — No. 1 seed Indiana (17-7 in Big Ten), No. 2...

  • Todd Oakes’ battle with leukemia prompted several Gophers players to routinely donate blood and sign up for the Be The Match marrow registry. “A lot of ways it’s had a positive influence on people,” Oakes said. “It’s weird how it all worked out.”

  • Gophers pitching coach Todd Oakes received a bone marrow transplant to help him recover from leukemia.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Baltimore 12:05 PM
Detroit
NY Yankees 12:05 PM
Philadelphia
Northeastern 12:05 PM
Boston
Miami-Fla 12:05 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 12:07 PM
Toronto
San Francisco 2:05 PM
Oakland
Cleveland 2:05 PM
Cincinnati
Boston College 3:05 PM
Boston
Arizona State 4:10 PM
Arizona
Boston 6:00 PM
Cleveland
LA Lakers 6:00 PM
Charlotte
Sacramento 6:00 PM
New York
Houston 6:30 PM
Atlanta
Utah 7:00 PM
Memphis
Washington 7:00 PM
Chicago
Milwaukee 8:00 PM
Denver
Nashville 6:00 PM
New Jersey
Calgary 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
Washington 6:00 PM
Columbus
Buffalo 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Toronto 6:30 PM
Florida
Ottawa 7:00 PM
Minnesota
NY Islanders 7:30 PM
Dallas
Anaheim 8:00 PM
Arizona
Los Angeles 8:30 PM
Edmonton
San Jose 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Ole Miss 6:00 PM
Alabama
Eastern Mich 6:00 PM
Ball State
Kent State 6:00 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Georgetown 6:00 PM
Butler
Toledo 6:00 PM
Central Mich
Rhode Island 6:00 PM
Dayton
Youngstown St 6:00 PM
Detroit
North Carolina 6:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Loyola-Maryland 6:00 PM
Holy Cross
Iowa 6:00 PM
Indiana
Akron 6:00 PM
Miami-Ohio
Army 6:00 PM
Navy
Maryland 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Kennesaw St 6:00 PM
USC Upstate
Jacksonville 6:00 PM
Fla Gulf Coast
Lipscomb 6:00 PM
Northern Ky
Stetson 6:30 PM
North Florida
Wright State 7:00 PM
Ill-Chicago
Western Mich 7:00 PM
Northern Ill
Nebraska Omaha 7:00 PM
North Dakota
Houston Baptist 7:00 PM
Abilene Christian
NC State 8:00 PM
Clemson
Texas A&M 8:00 PM
Florida
Kentucky 8:00 PM
Georgia
West Virginia 8:00 PM
Kansas
Auburn 8:00 PM
Missouri
Michigan 8:00 PM
Northwestern
Villanova 8:15 PM
Creighton
Longwood 11:00 AM
Gardner-Webb
Charleston Southern 1:00 PM
Presbyterian
Coastal Carolina 5:00 PM
UNC-Asheville
NJIT 6:00 PM
UMass Lowell
West Virginia 7:00 PM
Kansas State
TCU 7:00 PM
Texas
Fresno State 8:00 PM
Air Force
San Jose St 8:00 PM
Boise State
Nevada 8:00 PM
Colorado State
UNLV 8:00 PM
San Diego State
Wyoming 8:00 PM
Utah State
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who is the best center on a Twin Cities sports team?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close