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College: UCLA’s Berg is 2013 NCBWA Stopper of the Year

Press Release National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

OMAHA, Neb. (NCBWA) – UCLA relief pitcher David Berg is the 2013 recipient of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year Award, the NCBWA announced Saturday prior ot the beginning of the College World Series.

Berg, the 2013 Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, has posted a record of 7-0 with 21 saves while currently leading the nation in ERA with a 0.88 mark. Berg’s 21 saves are also a new UCLA single-season record and rank tied for second in all of Division I baseball, two shy of tying the single-season NCAA Division I record. In addition, he is second in the country in WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) with a mark of 0.80 and has allowed the second-lowest opposing batting average (.194) in the conference.

The sophomore from Covina, Calif., has also given up fewest runs (7) and walks (8) in the Pac-12, while appearing in the most games in the conference (46). At one point this season, the first team All-American did not allow a run in 37 consecutive innings, which was the longest consecutive scoreless innings streak in the nation this season. In the postseason this year, Berg has recorded three saves while finishing all five of UCLA’s NCAA postseason games.

The right-hander has helped UCLA post a current 44-17 overall record and a 21-9 record in the Pac-12 Conference. The Bruins will face LSU in the first round of the NCAA College World Series on Sunday, June 16.

This year’s finalists included Tyler Rogers of Austin Peay along with Jonathan Holder of Mississippi State, Michael Lorenzen of Cal State Fullerton, and Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon.

More than 90 of the nation’s top collegiate relief pitchers were included in the selection process for this year’s NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, beginning with initial preseason nominations by baseball contacts at NCAA Division I schools.

The NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year’s recipient to be announced Saturday morning, June 15, at a news conference at TD Ameritrade Park at 10 a.m. CT.

Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006 and Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007. Georgia’s Joshua Fields topped the field in 2008, San Diego State’s Addison Reed grabbed the honor in 2009 and Texas’ Chance Ruffin took the honor in 2010. Corey Knebel of Texas won in 2011, with Southeastern Louisiana’s Stefan Lopez picking up the honor in 2012.

The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation’s top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.

2013 NCBWA Stopper of the Year key dates:
• Thurs., Feb. 7: Preseason Watch List
• Tues., April 23: Midseason Watch List
• Wed., June 5: Stopper of the Year finalists announced
• Sat., June 15: NCBWA Stopper of the Year announced (Omaha, Neb.)

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College: San Diego’s Bryant Wins 2013 Dick Howser Trophy

Press Release National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association

OMAHA, Neb. (NCBWA) – San Diego junior third baseman Kris Bryant is the 27th recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations, as college baseball’s Player of the Year. The presentation was made Saturday morning as part of a news conference at TD Ameritrade Park, site of the 2013 College World Series.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and Major League player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character, and courage, qualities which were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.

Bryant is the first Torero alumnus to win the Dick Howser Trophy in a group represented by 21 different schools and 14 conferences since its inception in 1987 with Miami (Fla.) standout Mike Fiore. He is the first West Coast Conference Howser Trophy honoree and first National Player of the Year in NCAA Division I athletics for the University of San Diego.

The sterling junior led NCAA Division I in home runs (31, 10 more than the individual runner-up), runs with 80, total bases with 187, and slugging percentage at .820 while helping USD roll to a 37-25 overall record and second place in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional behind World Series-bound UCLA.

The consensus All-America infielder from Las Vegas, Nev., paced the WCC in virtually every power hitting category as well and was 2013 WCC Co-Player of the Year. He also was the second player chosen overall in the 2013 Major League Baseball Free Agent draft by the Chicago Cubs on June 6.

Bryant has been one of the most honored student-athletes in baseball in San Diego history and carries a cumulative 3.1 grade point average. Besides being Academic All-WCC, he is a previous NCBWA Freshman All-America in 2011 and All-WCC on the field from 2011-13 for Coach Rich Hill’s Toreros.

“Kris Bryant definitely has all the traits of an All-America college student-athlete and the qualities of Dick Howser – ability, leadership, character, and courage,” said Dick Howser Trophy chair David Feaster of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. “His performance on the field speaks for itself, and he is another very fine representative from a tremendous university and traditional baseball power.”

The 6-5, 215-pound junior led San Diego in batting as a sophomore in 2012 as well with a .366 average, 14 homers, 57 RBI, and .671 slugging percentage, while reaching base in 53 of the team’s 57 games. He was a third team All-America and also stole nine bases.

In ’11, Bryant was named WCC Co-Player and Co-Freshman of the Year, first team consensus Freshman All-America and All-WCC Freshman Team. He batted .365 with nine homers, 36 RBI, a team-best 57 runs and a career-best 18 stolen bases in 21 attempts. He also was a consensus High School All-America in 2010 at Las Vegas’ Bonanza High School. He graduated from BHS with a 4.78 grade point average (5.0 average).

He edged a group of five 2013 Howser Trophy finalists including North Carolina’s Colin Moran, Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede and Tony Kemp, and Stanford’s Mark Appel for the top honor.

A Florida native, Howser was twice an All-America shortstop at Florida State (1957-58), then head coach of the Seminoles in 1979 after a career as a Major League player and coach. After one year in the college ranks, he returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser.

NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists. Designed to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport’s only college media-related organization, founded in 1962.

The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser’s death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami, 1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas, 1989; Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990; Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick, Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton, Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, Baylor, 1999; Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC, 2001, Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern U., 2003; Jered Weaver, P, Long Beach State, 2004; Alex Gordon, 3B, Nebraska, 2005; Brad Lincoln, P/DH, Houston, 2006; David Price, P, Vanderbilt, 2007; Buster Posey, C, Florida State, 2008; Stephen Strasburg, P, San Diego State, 2009; Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice, 2010; Taylor Jungmann, P, Texas, 2011; Mike Zunino, C, Florida, 2012 and Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego, 2013.

2013 Dick Howser Trophy:
• Thu., May 16: Dick Howser Trophy semifinalists announced
• Thu., June 6: Dick Howser Trophy finalists announced
• Sat., June 15: Dick Howser Trophy winner announced

Related links:
• More on the Dick Howser Trophy

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USA Baseball: Collegiate National Team Finalizes 24-Man Roster

Five members will serve their second tour

Press Release USA Baseball

CARY, N.C. – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team finalized its 24-man roster that will take part in international competition this summer. The group of 24 features 12 hitters and 12 pitchers. Five members will be serving their second tour with the squad.

Returning to the Collegiate National Team are David Berg (RHP, UCLA), Michael Conforto (OF, Oregon State), Austin Cousino (OF, Kentucky), Carlos Rodon (LHP, NC State) and Trea Turner (IF, NC State). For Cousino, it marks the third time in his career that he will represent USA Baseball after also playing with the 16U National Team.

Three members of the team are making their debut on the collegiate roster, but have represented USA Baseball at various times throughout their prep careers. Alex Bregman (IF, LSU) has played with the 16U and 18U National Teams, while C.J. Hinojosa (IF, Texas) participated with the 14U National Team and 16U Team. Ryan Burr (RP, Arizona State) played with the 16U Team.

Sixteen athletes will be representing USA Baseball for the first time in their amateur careers. TCU leads the way with three participants in LHP Brandon Finnegan, RHP Preston Morrison and RHP Riley Ferrell.

Along with TCU and NC State, Indiana also boasts multiple participants in catcher Kyle Schwarber and infielder Sam Travis.

Rounding out the roster are: Tyler Beede (RHP, Vanderbilt), Skye Bolt (OF, North Carolina), Nick Burdi (Louisville), Matt Chapman (IF, Cal State Fullerton), Grayson Greiner (C, South Carolina), Matt Imhof (LHP, Cal Poly), Daniel Mengden (RHP, Texas A&M), Taylor Sparks (IF, UC Irvine), Tommy Thorpe (LHP, Oregon), Luke Weaver (RHP, Florida State) and Brad Zimmer (OF, San Francisco).

Remaining with the team until their departure for Japan on July 3 are Chris Diaz (LHP, Miami, Fla.) and Trent Thornton (RHP, North Carolina).

The Collegiate National Team has three games remaining in its tour of the Coastal Plains League. International competition is slated to begin July 5 with an exhibition contest against the Matsuyama Industrial League. The 39th edition of the USA-Japan series gets underway July 6 in Matsuyama, Japan. Upon returning to the United States, the CNT will play a pair of exhibition games before opening up a five game series against Cuba on July 18 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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College: Alex Bregman Announced as Top National Shortstop

Louisiana State infielder wins 2013 Brooks Wallace Award

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Alex Bregman as the 2013 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year.

The LSU freshman had an impressive .369 batting average with 18 doubles, seven triples, six home runs, 52 RBIs and a .939 fielding percentage during the first season of his college career.

“It is such an honor,” Bregman said. “This is a team award and I have to thank all of my great teammates. To have won this award with all the other great shortstops in the country is truly an honor.”

The award, sponsored by Mizuno, is named for Brooks Wallace, a Texas Tech shortstop from 1977-80 who died at age 27 after a battle with leukemia.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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College: Mike Dickson Wins Inaugural Skip Bertman Award

Gloucester County skipper named National Coach of the Year

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Gloucester County College coach Mike Dickson as the 2013 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year.

Dickson coached the team to a National Junior College Athletic Association Division III championship in 2013 and finished the season with a 49-3 overall record and a 15-1 conference record.

He also coached three NJCAA Division III First-Team All-Americans and had a player picked up during the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Dickson said. “To be mentioned in the same b

reath as Skip Bertman, who was truly a great college baseball coach, it’s a tremendous honor to win this award.”

The award, sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports, is named for Bertman, who coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national championships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the College Baseball

Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players have joined him in the Hall of Fame.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

Coach of the Year Award

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College: Gonzales Named Two-Way Player of the Year

Gonzaga pitcher, first baseman wins John Olerud Award

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Marco Gonzales as the 2013 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year.

The junior pitcher and first baseman at Gonzaga finished the season with a remarkable .311 batting average, seven doubles and 26 RBIs at the plate. In 106 innings on the mound, he logged a .982 fielding percentage, 2.80 ERA, 7-3 record, 96 strikeouts and one save with no home runs allowed.

“I am extremely honored to accept such a prestigious award,” Gonzales said. “This means the world to me and my family. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for believing in me and for giving me the chance to be on the field every day. This is simply a testament of my support group and how important they are to me and my passion for the game of baseball.”

The award is named for the Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a right-handed pitcher.

For more information on the Olerud Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, visitwww.collegebaseballhall.org.

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College Baseball Hall of Fame Celebrates Newest Members

Night of Champions features Class of 2013 induction

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — Baseball champions of yesterday and today gathered here Saturday for the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, where seven new members were inducted.

The distinguished baseball players honored and inducted into the Hall of Fame during the Night of Champions include Arizona State third baseman Sal Bando; Oklahoma State pitcher Tom Borland; Grambling State second baseman Ralph Garr; University of Tampa first baseman Tino Martinez; Marietta College coach Don Schaly; USC shortstop Roy Smalley; and Colby College, Maine and Husson College coach John Winkin.

Bando is one of eight Arizona State Sun Devils to be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame, including his coach, Bobby Winkles.

“The journey of getting to Arizona State started to sink in, and I was just hoping to compete, let alone get inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame,” he said. “It’s truly been a blessing.”

One of the inductees said not only was it an honor to have been able to play college baseball, but to then be awarded for it, as well.

“I really enjoyed my college career at the University of Tampa,” Martinez said. “This is the last thing I ever dreamed of and [never] thought this would happen.”

John Schaly represented his father, the late Don Schaly, and said his dad was a very humble man who would not have taken the credit had he been able to accept the award.

“He built a great legacy, and that will be something to remember for many years to come. And as a Family, we’re very proud of everything he did,” he said.

The late Tom Borland’s family also represented him during the Night of Champions, and his daughter, Jana King, said the College Baseball Hall of Fame helped her family realize the impact her father had on college baseball.

“This is just a great time for us to honor his history and his accomplishments,” she said. “To be honest, a lot of times we referred more to his professional career, so it was very educational for us — I have three older brothers — to learn about his college career and the amazing things he did there.”

A few of the inductees discussed the recognition the College Baseball Hall of Fame has been able to give to college baseball.

“I think baseball is really gaining momentum at being the No. 1 sport, and I hope that continues, and I think what they’re doing here in Lubbock is a wonderful thing,” Garr said.

Those also honored during the Night of Champions included LSU’s Alex Bregman, the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year; Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray, the Pitcher of the Year; Gonzaga’s Marco Gonzales, the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year; Ole Miss’ Stuart Turner, the Johnny Bench Award winner; Gloucester County College coach Mike Dickson, the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year; and Dale Williams, the National Collegiate Umpire Award winner.

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College: Oklahoma’s Gray Named Pitcher of the Year

Junior right-hander posted 10-3 record, 1.64 ERA in 126 1/3 innings

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Jonathan Gray as the winner of the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports.

The Oklahoma junior had an outstanding 10-3 record with a 1.64 ERA and four complete games. In 126 1/3 innings pitched, he had 147 strikeouts, a .189 opponents’ batting average, and gave up just one home run during the 2013 season.

“There were some truly exceptional pitchers this year, but Jonathan clearly distinguished himself,” said Raymond Richardson, Pitcher of the Year chairman. “He put up really impressive numbers. He’s a great choice for the best pitcher in the country.”

For more information on the Pitcher of the Year Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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All-Japan University Baseball Federation Announces National Collegiate Roster

by All-Japan University Baseball Federation

All-Japan University Baseball Federation (JUBF) announced on June 23 the names of the 24 players selected to represent Japan for the 39th Japan/U.S. Collegiate Championship to be held in five cities in Japan from July 6 to 11.

Manager Tatsuya Yoshinami (Meiji University) said that all the eight pitchers selected have a variety of pitches to take on powerful batters of the U.S. and strong fielding and fast running of the host team should make the five duels most exciting.

The name, position, uniform number, university and throw/bat of the roster are as follows:

Coaching Staff:

Leader IWAI Yoshiki Kokusai Budo
Manager 30 YOSHINAMI Tatsuya Meiji
Coaches 50 YOKOI?Hitoki Tokai
40 SUZUKI Hideyuki Kansai Kokusai
55 TORIYAMA?Yasutaka Kokugakuin
Trainer TIKUJO Hifumi
Captain 10 UMENO Ryutaro Fukuoka
Travel Manager HONDA Takashi Jobu

Roster:

P
(8)
11 ROKUNO?Masaji Tokai L/L
14 OSERA?Daichi Kyushu Kyoritsu R/R
18 SUGIURA Toshihiro Kokugakuin R/R
19 SEKIYA Ryota Meiji R/R
15 YAMASAKI Yasuaki Asia R/R
17 YAMASAKI Sachiya Meiji L/L
21 ISHIDA Kenta Hosei L/L
16 TANAKA Toyoki Nihon Bunri R/R
C
(4)
10 UMENO Ryutarou Fukuoka R/R
22 MINEI Hiroki Asia R/R
27 ISHIKAWA Ryohei Kokugakuin R/R
12 SAKAMOTO Seishiro Meiji R/R
IF
(8)
1 MIKI Ryo Jobu R/R
3 KAWAI Kanji Hosei R/L
6 NISHIURA Naomichi Hosei R/R
25 OKA Hiromi Meiji R/R
2 NAKAMURA Shogo Waseda R/R
7 MINESHITA Tomohiro Kinki R/L
4 OHSHIRO Koji Rikkio R/R
5 FUJIOKA Yudai Asia R/L
OF
(4)
9 OOKIDO Shohri Hosei R/L
24 EGOSHI Taiga Komazawa R/R
26 YOSHIDA Masataka Aoyama Gakuin R/L
8 MIZUMOTO Gen Asia R&L/L

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Swiss Alpine International Cup Schedule Changed Due to Weather

Due to rain another international tournament was delayed a day. This time it was the Swiss International Alpine Cup from Zurich, Switzerland.

The three day event will be pushed back and made into a two day event. There are four teams from four different countries taking place in the event including the Swiss National Team, the Austrian National Team, and all-star teams from Great Britain and Venezuela.

New Swiss Alpine International Cup Schedule:

Saturday, June 29
19:00 Venezuela Team – Team Great Britain

Sunday, June 30
10:00 Team Austria – Team Great Britian
13:00 Venezuela Team – Team Austria
16:00 Swiss National Team – Team Great Britain
19:00 Swiss National Team – Team Venezuela

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Ireland: 2013 Halfway Report for Baseball Ireland League

By Jack Farrell

As the international break approaches, the 2013 Baseball Ireland League is shaping up to be one of the tightest in recent memory.  The Dublin Spartans, Belfast Northstars and the Dublin Hurricanes are all still right in the contention for the league title and there remains an even tighter push for the final playoff spot between the Dublin Blacksox and the Greystones Mariners.

Leading the table are the Dublin Spartans with a record of 7-3, the standout performer in the first half of the season for the Spartans has been Wes Willets who leads the league in batting in both hits (15) and average (0.536) Following closely are the Belfast Northstars with 6 wins and 4 losses. The Northstars have been well drilled and have come out this year as one of the surprise packages of the league due to the great coaching and performances from Jonathan Sculli (who leads the league in K’s (50) and Mark Smith. The Dublin Hurricanes sit in third place with a record of 6 wins and 3 losses. Pitcher Cormac Eklof has again been a dominant force for the Hurricanes and possesses the lowest ERA in the league (2.50).

All eyes are on the fight for the last playoff spot between the Dublin Blacksox and the Greystones Mariners. Currently, the Mariners hold 4th place with a record of 4-7 but have played two games more than the Blacksox who play with 4 wins and 5 losses. This playoff battle culminates with a much anticipated crunch match between the two on the 6th of July in Blacksox Park. Stand-out performers for the Mariners this year are Leo Farrell who leads the league in stolen bases (14) and Jaime Cuevas with an impressive 0.464 batting average. Robert Cavvichioni and Jeremias Osio have impressed for the Blacksox in the first half of the year with an ERA of 1.76 and a batting average of 0.429 respectively. The Munster Warriors sit at the bottom of the table with a record of 2-6. Eric Kelly and Michael O’Sullivan lead the team in hitting with averages of 0.321 and 0.429

Stretching back from 1995, the Adult Baseball League has gone from strength to strength in recent years with the current format of 6 “A” League teams spread out across Ireland and 7 “B” League teams (one in Wicklow (Greystones Mariners), one in Munster (Munster Warriors), one in Belfast (North Stars), and 3 in Dublin (Dublin Black Sox, Hurricanes, and Spartans).

 

 

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Great Britain Baseball Releases Roster for 2013 European Championship Qualifier

Press Release by Great Britain Baseball

Great Britain Baseball has released its preliminary roster for the upcoming European Championship Qualifier in Zurich, Switzerland from 22-28 July. The team will include a number of familiar faces mixed with some new recruits, and will have several domestic-based players.

Team GB is expecting to field a strong, competitive squad, as it looks to return to the European A Pool at the first attempt following a surprising relegation in 2012.  Over recent years, the team has won the European Championship Qualifier in Israel in 2011 and took the silver medal from the 2007 European Championships.

SELECTION PROCESS

The final roster will be confirmed one week before the tournament, but a preliminary 20-man roster has been selected by Head Coach Sam Dempster.  Coach Dempster will be assisted by Pitching Coach and former GB player Brian Essery and former MLB player Philip Stockman, with details of the final coaching position to be confirmed shortly.

The squad has been drawn from the BBF’s National Baseball League as well as from Europe, North America and Australia.

You can read more about the Team GB staff here and details of the 2013 European Championship Qualifier here.

Player

Position

Azcuy, Maikel 3B
Cramman, Jonathon 1B
Davison, Gary P
Evans, Mitch C
Foley, Luke SS
Hendrix, Greg P
Heggen, Andy P
Kreisberg, Spencer P
Pearson, Ben P
Rees, David P
Renery, Mike P
Rosen, Brett C
Roxburgh, Matt OF
Sims, Chris 2B
Trask, Ryan OF
Waterman, Paul P
Wiley, Nate P
Wiley, Sam C
Wiley, Zack SS
Young, Ian OF

 

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2013 Prague Baseball Week Kicks Off

The 2013 edition of the Prague Baseball Week kicked off today. Wet weather kept the tournament from starting on time on Tuesday, but officials were able to reword the schedule to accommodate the rain.

There are 12 teams competing this year coming from eight different countries. The teams compete in one of three different groups.

The tournament will run through Saturday June 29th.

The teams competing are:

Group A1:
Czech Republic
Germany
Croatia
USSSA (USA)

Group A2:
Czech Republic U18
Sweden
AIST (USA)
EU International Stars (USA)

Group B:
Slovakia
Sweden U21
Belarus
Poland

Complete Schedule

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College Baseball Hall of Fame Creates Coach of the Year Award

Five finalists up for Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The National College Baseball Hall of Fame announced today the creation of its newest award — the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award — honoring the nation’s top collegiate coach from any level of college baseball. The award, sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports, will be presented as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions ceremony on June 29.

“It is time for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame to create a yearly honor for the top coach from any level of college baseball,” said Hall of Fame executive director Mike Gustafson. “We recognize accomplishments at all levels of the game, so that part was obvious. Coach Bert­man’s record stands on its own merits, but it is also a special way for us to honor him because of his support and guidance in our fundraising process.”

Bertman coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national champi­onships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players have joined him in the Hall of Fame.

Following his retirement from coaching, Bertman served as LSU’s athletic director from 2001 to 2007, according to an LSU press release. In May, LSU’s home field was renamed Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

“I am thrilled and humbled to have an award with my name on it to be given by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame,” Bertman said. “It’s indeed a proud and extraordinarily happy moment for me and all the players I coached.”

The award finalists and winner are selected by a national committee of active and retired coach­es from all levels of college baseball.

Five finalists have been selected for the inaugural Skip Bertman Award: Scott Brosius, who led NCAA Division III Linfield College to a 42-8 overall record and a 21-3 conference record; Mike Dickson, whose NJCAA Division III Gloucester County College Roadrunners finished the season with a 49-3 overall record and a 15-1 conference record; Paul Mainieri of LSU, whose Tigers currently have a 57-9 overall record and finished with a 23-7 conference record; Patrick McCarthy, who led the NAIA Faulker University Eagles to a 56-11 overall record and a 25-5 conference record; and Tracy Smith, whose Indiana Hoosiers currently have a 48-18 overall record and finished with a 15-6 conference record.

“Three of these coaches have already led their teams to national championships and two have led their teams to Omaha for the College World Series and are still in the running to win a title,” Gustafson said. “All of them led their teams to truly impressive records and all are very deserving candidates to be the first winner of the Skip Bertman Award.”

The Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award is sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports.

“Easton-Bell Sports is very pleased to be associated with this tremendous award, particularly in conjunction with coach Bertman,” said Easton-Bell’s Jim Darby. “Skip has been a great mentor to many people, both on and off the field.”

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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Manny Ramirez Leaves the EDA Rhinos

Manny Ramirez is leaving Taiwan.

Ramirez was playing for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League or CPBL, but he has been taken off the active roster. He is leaving the country today, and the word is the reasson why he is leaving is because he misses his family.

The Rhinos had upped Manny’s monthly salary to $60,000 and were reportedly letting he and an uncle stay in the presidential suite of the Crown Hotel in Kaohsiung. But family has trumped his desire to stay in Taiwan. His contract ran only through the end of June, but he told the team he wished to leave a little early.

But he hasn’t retired.

So far there is no new contract for Manny. Not in Japan or the USA. He would love to get back to the MLB, but the jump in caliber of play from the CPBL to MLB is quite big.

So the Manny experiment in Taiwan is over. How did he do? He did pretty good for the CPBL.

Ramirez hit .352 in 49 games which ranked him third in the league. His 8 home runs were second in the league. The Rhinos are tied for first place right now as Manny leaves, and it remains to be scene how his absence in the middle of that lineup will effect their play.

Manny Ramirez’s CPBL Stats:

G PA RBI R H 2B 3B HR BB SO OBP AVG SLG
49 206 43 24 64 13 0 8 23 21 0.422 0.352 0.555

 

It remains to be seen if a MLB team will take a chance on Manny or if he is done for good. What do you think? Do you want your favorite team to take a chance with Manny Ramirez?

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USA Baseball Announces Inaugural 12U Roster

Press Release USA Baseball

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced on Thursday the names of the 18 players selected to represent the United States for the first time at the 12U level. The final roster includes athletes from eight different states.

The roster was selected following 11 identification events held from March through early June in 10 different states. In all, USA Baseball saw athletes from more than 20 states as part of the identification process. In addition to the 18 players named to the final roster, USA Baseball also named 10 alternates for the 12U National Team — representative of eight different states.

“This is a great first step for the 12U National Team program,” said USA Baseball CEO/executive director Paul Seiler. “We are confident in the team we will be putting on the field in Chinese Taipei, but this year was also a learning process with it being our first year fielding a 12U National Team.

“We believe that this year will be the foundation for building a successful 12U National Team program that will compete for gold medals at international competitions for years to come.”

The 12U National Team will assemble for the first time in Los Angeles on July 12. The team will spend three days training under the direction of manager Dave Webb and assistants Terrance Freeman, Jason Sekany and Tanner Vesley. Training will include an exhibition game against a team selected by the Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., that will compete this summer in the National Youth Baseball Championships.

“I am honored and humbled to represent USA Baseball’s 12U National Team as its manager this year,” Webb said. “We plan on getting the most out of these talented and dedicated young players, representing our nation with pride and bringing home the first 12U gold medal for USA Baseball.”

Webb has plenty of international experience having led the 2008 and 2009 14U National Teams to gold medals in Guatemala and Ecuador. Webb will also have the benefit of having Bill Krejci on the staff as business manager. Krejci has been the athletic director at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, since 2000, after 22 years as the school’s baseball coach. In addition to his duties at Southwestern, Krejci has been involved with USA Baseball for the last 18 years.

Following training, the team will depart for Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, to compete in the II IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup, July 18-28. The 12U program will open international competition for the first time against Panama on July 18.

In addition to the coaching staff and Krecji, the team will be led by national team coordinator Drew Chism and certified athletic trainer Nic Medina.

The 18-man USA Baseball 12U National Team roster is as follows:

Name, Position, Hometown

Matt Allan, RHP, Sanford, Fla.
Gabe Briones, C, Perris, Calif.
Justin Campbell, RHP/IF, Simi Valley, Calif.
Adam Crampton, IF/RHP, Oakland, Calif.
Evan Godwin, LHP, Cypress, Texas
Anthony Hall, LHP, San Diego, Calif.
Jakob Hines, C/IF, Tampa, Fla.
Kevin Martin, IF/RHP, Miami, Fla.
Garrett McMillan, IF/RHP, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Yohandy Morales, IF/OF, Miami, Fla.
Joseph Naranjo, IF/LHP, Chino, Calif.
Colton Olasin, IF/OF, Spring Hill, Fla.
Andrew Pintar, IF/RHP, Spanish Fork, Utah
Elijah Ricks, OF/RHP, San Bruno, Calif.
Sam Ruta, IF/OF, Yardley, Pa.
Carson Tucker, IF/RHP, Phoenix, Ariz.
Anthony Volpe, IF, Watchung, N.J.
Kayler Yates, IF/RHP, St. George, Utah

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Sri Lanka National Knockout Baseball Championship Concluded

by Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball Softball Association

Sri Lanka National Knockout Baseball Championship 2013 which was sponsored by Sri Lanka Telecom was concluded on the 16th Sunday at the Colombo University Grounds. Tournament was held for 04 days and 25 clubs took part in the competition. Sri Lanka Navy who took part in the tournament for the first time demonstrated their fighting skills when they fall downonly by 01 run to much experienced Ranabima Royal Team. Score read as 05 to 06 at the end of the match.

Ranabima Royal ultimately finished as the champions of the tournament beating Old Royalists Baseball Club in front of a large gathering of spectators. Match for the third place was won by Maroons Baseball Club beating Sri Lanka Army.

Award ceremony was held soon after the finals and Mr.Kalinga Indatissa, the President of the Sri Lanka Baseball Association and Mr. Roshan Kaluarachchi, Chief Marketing Officer of Sri Lanka Telecom awarded the SLT Trophy to the Champions, RanabimaRoyal Baseball Club.

Presidents Council Kalinga Indatissa, President of SLABSA introduced Mr.Chandrashan Perera former Sri Lanka rugby wing three quarter, Coach and widely regarded fitness trainer to the teams and announced that Mr.Perera will take in charge of the fitness of the Sri Lanka Baseball squad once the players are selected. Mr. Chandrashan Perera who addressed the players highlighted the importance of playing under pressure in order to compete internationally and win games.

Sri Lanka Baseball Association is now headingtowards the newly introduced Sri Lanka Baseball Classics 2013 encounter, which will be contested among 06 teams consisting of the best players in the country.

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USA and Japan Collegiate Teams to Meet for 39th Time

For the 39th time the USA and Japan will have a series between the two countries collegiate national teams. It will be held July 6-12 at four different venues around Japan.

The series is officially sanctioned by the IBAF with the two teams ranked #2 (USA) and #3 (Japan) in the world.

Schedule:

  • Game 1: July 6th(Sat) 14:00 Matsuyama Bocchan Stadium/Ehime Pref.
  • Game 2: July 7th(Sun) 14:00 Matsuyama Bocchan Stadium/Ehime Pref.
  • Game 3: July 8th(Mon) 18:00 Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium/ Hiroshima Pref.
  • Game 4: July 10th(Wed) 18:00 Utsunomiya Kiyohara Stadium/Tochigi Pref.
  • Game 5: July 11th(Thu) 18:00 Meiji Jingu Stadium/Tokyo

The two teams played in 2011 with the USA winning the series 3-1 with one tie. Those games were held in the USA. The first time the two played was in 1972 and over the years the USA has won 22 of the meetings with Japan winning 16.

Team USA will come back to the States to play a five game series with Cuba.

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USA Baseball College National Team: 23 Players Report on Thursday

Press Release USA Baseball

CARY, N.C. – Twenty-three of college baseball’s top underclassmen will head to the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., Thursday as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team gets ready to open training camp.

The CNT coaching staff will be charged with the task of putting together a 24-man roster for the summer tour that will feature a five-game series against Japan and another five-game set against Cuba.

Eight members of the reporting group have already guaranteed their spot on the team, while 15 others head to North Carolina with hopes of earning a spot on the roster.

Already guaranteed a spot on the roster are: RHP Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt), RHP Ryan Burr (Arizona State), OF Austin Cousino (Kentucky), LHP Brandon Finnegan (TCU), C Grayson Greiner (South Carolina), IF Taylor Sparks (UC Irvine), LHP Tommy Thorpe (Oregon) and RHP Luke Weaver (Florida State).

The 15 hopefuls hail from coast to coast and feature: IF Matt Chapman (Cal State Fullerton), LHP Chris Diaz (Miami, Fla.), RHP Riley Ferrell (TCU), IF C.J. Hinojosa (Texas), LHP Matt Imhof (Cal Poly), LHP Cole Irvin (Oregon), C Nate Irving (Virginia), IF Will Maddox (Tennessee), RHP/C Daniel Mengden (Texas A&M), RHP Preston Morrison (TCU), IF Mike Papi (Virginia), IF Jake Peter (Creighton), LHP/INF A.J. Reed (Kentucky), RHP Colin Wellman (Loyola Marymount) and OF Brad Zimmer (San Francisco).

An additional three athletes whose season just ended in Omaha will be joining the team over the course of the weekend: IF Alex Bregman (LSU), RHP Nick Burdi (Louisville) and C Kyle Schwarber (Indiana).

Six other players are still representing their collegiate team in Omaha at the College World Series: C Brett Austin (NC State), RHP David Berg (UCLA), OF Skye Bolt (North Carolina), OF Michael Conforto (Oregon State), Carlos Rodon (NC State) and IF Trea Turner (NC State).

Coaching the Collegiate National Team this summer will be TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle. The hitting coach/3rd base coach is Arizona State’s Tim Esmay. Ole Miss’ Mike Bianco will serve as the pitching coach, while Creighton’s Ed Servais will coach first base and the defense. Brett Basham will serve as the bullpen coach.

TCU’s Danny Wheat returns as the athletic trainer and Brandie Davidson will be the press officer. Rounding out the CNT staff is Brian Cain who will be the mental skills coach for the summer.

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USA Baseball Announces Friendship Series with Cuba

USA Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation announced an upcoming series between the two countries Collegiate National Teams. The two will compete in an international friendship series for the second year in a row. This year, Cuba will travel to the USA and play a five-game series.

The teams will compete across three states from July 18-23.

The two teams will first face off in Des Moines, Iowa for Game 1. They will then move onto Omaha for Games 2 and 3 before heading east to North Carolina to finish off the series.

Read more here with the complete press release by USA Baseball.

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College World Series Down to Four Teams

The 2013 College World Series is down to the final four teams.

In Bracket 1, #3 Oregon State will need to beat Mississippi State twice to advance to the championship series. While in Bracket 2, UCLA is the undefeated team going up against #1 North Carolina.

How they got here?

Mississippi State has made two comeback wins advancing through the winner’s bracket. They scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning in their first game to defeat #3 Oregon State. Then in Game 2 they scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to take down Indiana. The two wins have put them in the driver’s seat for a trip to the championship series. They will face #3 Oregon State at 3:00 PM EST and need just one win to advance.

Oregon State is one of only two national seeds left in the tournament. The #3 Beavers lost a tough game in their first match to Mississippi State giving up two late runs. That dropped them down into the loser’s bracket where they have thrived. They dominated Louisville bouncing them from the CWS with an 11-4 win. Their next game was a thriller, a 1-0 win over Indiana. The Beavers got a complete game shutout out of Matt Boyd to hold off the dangerous Indiana club to advance. Now they are looking for revenge against Mississippi State needing two wins to advance to the championship series.

UCLA has won two games both by the score of 2-1. Their first game came against #4 LSU when they got a great start out of Adam Plutko holding LSU to just a single run. They came back with another close win over North Carolina State getting another great start out of Nick Vander Tuig to pick up the win. Now they face #1 North Carolina needing just a single win to advance to the championship series.

North Carolina is the #1 ranked team but they started off by losing their first game 8-1 to NC State. They bounced back with a tough 4-2 win over a great LSU team that put them into a rematch with their ACC rivals NC State. The second time around UNC got the better of them. Hobbs Johnson pitched great almost tossing a complete game shutout to pitch UNC into the match up with UCLA. North Carolina needs to win two games to advance to the championship series.

College World Series Schedule:

Friday June 21st
3:00 pm EST Mississippi State vs #3 Oregon State
8:00 pm EST UCLA vs #1 North Carolina

Saturday June 22nd
*3:00 pm EST Mississippi State vs #3 Oregon State
*8:30 pm EST UCLA vs #1 North Carolina

Championship Series
June 24th 8:00 pm EST
June 25th 8:00 pm EST
*June 26th 8:00 pm EST

*If necessary

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Austria: Dornbirn Indians Stay Atop League with Weekend Sweep

The Dornbirn Indians stayed atop the Austrian Baseball League standings with a sweep of the Attnang Athletics. They won a couple of close games including a pitcher’s duel in the second game of the weekend.

In other action, the Vienna Wanderers won two games over the Stock City Cubs to keep pace with the Indians and stay just a couple games behind. And in the last weekend series, the Vienna Metrostars and the Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks split their series.

Dornbirn Indians 5, Attnang Athletics 2
Dornbirn Indians 2, Attnang Athletics 1

Dornbirn got a great start out of Paul Astl who tossed eight shutout innings of three-hit ball to earn the win. Astl struck out eight and walked only two.

The Athletics managed only three hits and didn’t score a run until the Indians pulled Astl for the ninth inning. They picked up two runs without getting a hit in the ninth.

Devery Van de Keere had a nice Game 1 at the plate for Dornbirn going 2-for-3. He scored three runs, drove in two, and hit a double and home run for the Indians in the win. Patrick Steinkellner (2-for-4) added a pair of hits of his own from the lead off spot.

Lukas Scheicher had two of the three total hits for the Athletics going 2-for-5 in Game 1.

Game 2 saw a pair of very nice pitching performances with the Indians coming out on top again.

Danny Hall Jr. tossed a complete game win for Dornbirn allowing just five hits and one run. He improved his record for the year to 3-0.

On the other side, John Dobkowski pitched well too, but couldn’t get any offensive support. Dobkowski tossed eight innings allowing just two runs on six hits taking the loss for the Athletics.

Devery Van De Keere homered again for the Indians in the win. Felix Wilhelm (2-for-4) was the only Athletics hitter with more than one hit in Game 2.

In other Austrian Baseball League action:

Derek Bettinson went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles for the Stock City Cubs in Game 1 of their weekend series against the Vienna Wanderers. In Game 2, he went 3-for-5.

Joseph Wilson knocked in two runs going 4-for-4 for the Stock City Cubs in their Game 1 win. He homered and drove in two runs in Game 2 of the series too.

Jakob Simonsen tossed seven innings allowing just two runs (one earned) to pick up the win for the Vienna Metrostars in Game 1 against the Diving Ducks.

Joseph Rollwagen went 3-for-4 with four RBI in the Metrostars blowout win in Game 1.

Will Owens went 3-for-4 and scored three runs in the blowout too. In Game 2 of the weekend, Owens went 4-for-5 including a double.

Richard Alzinger went 3-for-5 in a Game 2 loss to the Diving Ducks for the Metrostars. He also stole two bases.

Wayne Ough had a nice day at the plate in Game 2 of the weekend for the Diving Ducks going 3-for-4.

Austrian Baseball League Scores:

Dornbirn Indians 5, Attnang Athletics 2
Dornbirn Indians 2, Attnang Athletics 1

Stock City Cubs 5, Vienna Wanderers 6
Stock City Cubs 4, Vienna Wanderers 5

Vienna Metrostars 12, Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 2 (7)
Vienna Metrostars 8, Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 9

Austrian Baseball League Standings:

1. Dornbirn Indians 5-1
2. Vienna Wanderers 6-3
3. Vienna Metrostars 4-3
4. Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 5-6
5. Stock City Cubs 5-6
6. Attnang Athletics 1-7

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Major League Baseball Opens 2014 Season in Sydney, Australia

For the first time in MLB history, the season will open up in Australia come 2014 when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks open the season in Sydney.

The two-game series will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22-23.

Both teams will open the doors to their training schedule as they will be in Australia for six days but play only two games.

This is a huge deal for Australia where baseball is slowly growing. There have been 31 Australian Major Leaguers over the years, and one currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Peter Moylan.

The Australian Baseball League was reborn during the 2010-2011 season. The league consists of six teams spread out around the country with one in Sydney.

The Major League games will take place after the 2013-2014 ABL season which runs from November to February. This will only hope to keep the baseball game growing both helping the ABL and the Australian National Team.

What it is guaranteed to help is the economy in Sydney. Bringing in money and improvements to the Sydney Cricket Ground which will be renovated to meed Major League standings prior to the opening series.

The games will also take place during the 100th anniversary of an exhibition game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants that took place at the same venue.

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Italy: Unipol Bologna Releases Chris Aguila and Signs Raul Reyes

In a surprising move, the Italian club Unipol Bologna has dropped one of its best hitters so far this season, Chris Aguila.

Aguila was hitting .348 starting all 18 games for Bologna. He was tied for the team lead in home runs with three and led the team in doubles with six.

Replacing Aguila will be Dominican Raul Reyes. The left handed hitting outfielder spent seven years in the New York Mets organization making it as high as Triple-A.

Unipol Bologna is tied for first in the IBL with a record of 15-3 and just won the European Cup in Regensburg, Germany giving them the chance to play for the Euorpean Cup Championship in August.

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