On July 3rd and 4th, Team USA will compete against Japan's Collegiate All-Stars as part of a five-game international friendship series. Past teams from around the world that have visited the Triangle to face the U.S. include Canada, Chinese Taipei, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua and Russia. In 2010 at the DBAP, the Collegiate National Team won two exciting games against Korea.
Players who recently competed at the DBAP while playing for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team include 2008 Olympians Stephen Strasburg, Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill, Matt LaPorta, Dexter Fowler and Jake Arrieta; top overall draft picks in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 MLB First-Year Player Drafts Luke Hochevar, David Price and Strasburg; 2006 and 2008 Baseball America Minor League Players of the Year Alex Gordon and Matt Wieters; Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman; Colorado Rockies pitcher Huston Street and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and infielder Jed Lowrie; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Jered Weaver; Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander; and top young players like Pedro Alvarez, Mike Leake, Brian Matusz, Justin Smoak and Brett Wallace.
|Durham Bulls mascot Wool E. Bull dons the red, white and blue at National Team games each summer. (BrianFlemingPhotography.com)|
Headquartered at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, USA Baseball is the National Governing Body for the sport and represents baseball in America as a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF). USA Baseball is the sole organization responsible for selecting, training and supporting the USA Baseball Professional Teams (World Baseball Classic Team, World Cup Team, Pan American Team), the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, the USA Baseball 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams, and the Women's National Team. Additionally, since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. The award is presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
The organization's fingerprint in the Triangle also extends to Cary, where the USA Baseball National Training Complex (NTC) is located. One of the country's premiere baseball facilities, the NTC has held past and present USA Baseball events like the Road to Beijing pre-Olympic series and the Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball (18U). And, in 2008, it was the home stadium for the UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Heels baseball team, which finished the regular season with a No. 1 national ranking.
For ticket information on USA Baseball's games in Durham this summer, please visit the Durham Bulls website or call 919-956-BULL (2855).