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Sonoran Hot Reads: Jett Bandy carving out an MLB career

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A former Wildcat is starting to make waves in the Big Leagues

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Jett Bandy has spent a majority of the 2016 season at the Major League level with the Angels, but things are starting to click at just the right time. The former Arizona catcher notched a career-high four hits on Wednesday. In addition to his success, his personality has earned him quite the reputation, and his collage/shrine thing in his locker only adds to that. He recalled a hot day at Sancet with Andy Lopez that may have lit the fire under Bandy for the rest of his career:

Jett Bandy sat in a chair in the outfield, while his University of Arizona teammates ran.

And ran. And ran. And ran.

Ran till some of them threw up.

And Bandy sat there, with cold bottles of water under the warm Arizona sun. As he watched his friends suffer – all because he had skipped a sociology class – he learned a lesson that sticks with him to this day.

"I’ve got to start getting stuff into gear," Bandy recalled. "I’ve got to do the right things. ... It was letting me know that my actions don’t only affect me, but also my teammates. I learned quick I had to go to class."

It’s cool to see Jett thriving with an MLB club, and hopefully he’ll make himself a nice career in the Majors

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Football

- Rich Rodriguez spent some time talking about BYU’s decision to start Taysom Hill

- Arizona only has one player in the top 35 in the Pac-12, and it’s Nick Wilson at No. 31

- The Wildcats also have no games this year that are in the top 15 best games in the conference

- Interesting choice by Stanford as they’ll start Ryan Burns at quarterback

- We barely made Zach Werlinger’s media day video. You have to look for Ryan fiddling with his phone behind a couple offensive linemen, and Ronnie got some serious B-roll action

- There’s plenty of movement in the Arizona recruiting world this year

- We chatted with Josh Pollack as he looks to be the kicker and punter

- Wildcat Radio has your gambling guide to the 2016 Pac-12 season

Basketball

- Talbott Denny was officially declared out for the year by the school

- A potential name to know? Pancake Thomas is now on the market. He once played at New Mexico and starred for Hartford last year. Arizona does have a scholarship open and now more practice time available. And a guy named Pancake is hard to pass up

- Miles Simon will have his jersey recognized in McKale at the Red-Blue Game. We’ll have more on this later Thursday morning

Other sports

- Volleyball opens their season in Hawaii this weekend

- Women’s soccer takes on No. 16 Texas Tech in Lubbock on Friday

Tucson news

- The street car is running late-night service again

- Pedestrian and bicycle death numbers in Tucson are high, and now it’s time to figure out how to lower those numbers

- Sunnyside HS is getting a golf course