Mike Loberg, San Francisco Giants
Mike Loberg’s adventure with baseball began at Anoka High School where he was an all-conference selection and a Lions All-Star Game participant. From there, Loberg had the opportunity to play college ball at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After four years of dominating the North Central Conference the San Francisco Giants selected Loberg in the 33rd round of the 2007 MLB Draft.
For Loberg, this is where the journey real journey began.
Loberg made his first stop in professional baseball in Salem, Oregon where he lead the Northwest league in RBI’s and was an All-Star fist basemen in 2008. After being shipped off to Augusta, Georgia the next season to play for the GreenJackets things took a turn for the worse and it tested Loberg’s true love for the game.
Despite overcoming multiple ACL tears in 2007 the injuries mounted including another meniscus tear in his knee followed by a UCL tear months later that required Tommy John surgery.
Most people with as many setbacks as Loberg would be bitter towards the game of baseball, but for him it is just the opposite.
“I feel like I left everything out on the table and my body just couldn’t handle it,” Loberg said. “I am proud to say I have no regrets.”
That attitude has kept Loberg going. After a great playing career in baseball, the journey just won’t stop.
Once Loberg moved back to Minnesota he was presented with an opportunity to coach for the Blizzard. Loberg was impressed with the Blizzard because of the strong reputation that Adam Barta had built with the program.
“With players like Brad Hand, Joe Loftus and Madison Boer running through the program,” Loberg said. “I was honored to come in and uphold the tradition.”
Loberg has done more than just uphold the Blizzard baseball tradition, he has taught guys to see the beauty that lies within baseball, and the life lessons that can be learned.
“To see guys mature into young men throughout their time with the program is exactly what this is all about.”
Most of all, Loberg loves to see his guys have fun and make the most of their playing time, because he knows how harsh the game can be and just how quickly it can end.
“I like to keep my guys loose and have fun,” Loberg chuckled. “But within the rules of the hotel or the ballpark.”
Baseball may have taken his playing career from him, but his coaching and dedication has created a new beginning for all of his players.
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Lance Thonvold is a RHP red-shirt junior for the University of Minnesota. He was held Big Ten opponents to a .211 batting average in 2014, named Gopher Teammate of the Year and was an Academic All-American.
Hailing from Eden Prairie, MN, Thonvold was a standout pitcher for both his high school and legion team playing a major role in their Legion World Series Championship in 2011.
Majoring and Sports Management with a minor in journalism, Lance will be a contributing writer, instructor and helping with event management in the 2015 Blizzard season.