Awards & Honors

Teams and players recognized by USA Baseball, United States Olympic Committee and International Baseball Federation

  • USA Baseball Retired Numbers
    • No. 20, Major Stephen C. Reich, 1993 Collegiate National Team

      USA Baseball officially retired Major Stephen Reich's No. 20 jersey on July 23, 2006. Reich was one of the finest pitchers to ever pass through the U.S. Military Academy, and during the summer of 1993 he was a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team that competed in the World University Games. His time with USA Baseball was highlighted by his selection to carry the flag for the entire USA delegation at the Games. From 1996-2005 Reich served his country as part of the U.S. Military in Germany, Hungary, Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Korea. In June 2005, Reich and 15 other service members were killed in Afghanistan when their MH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by enemy fire while on a rescue mission.

      No. 41, Mark McGwire, 1984 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team

      On May 8, 1999, former Oakland Athletic and St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire became the first alum of a USA Baseball program to have his jersey number retired by the organization. McGwire wore jersey No. 41 when he played for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team that captured the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Calif. For the summer, he helped lead the team to a 31-5-1 record, batting .359 with a team-leading 13 doubles. He also swatted six home runs and drove in 26 runs for Team USA.

      No. 42, Jackie Robinson

      On April 15, 1997, Jackie Robinson's jersey number, 42, was retired throughout Major League Baseball, the first time any jersey number had been retired throughout one of the four major American sports leagues. Under the terms of the retirement, a grandfather clause allowed the handful of players who wore number 42 to continue doing so in tribute to Robinson, until such time as they subsequently changed teams or jersey numbers. The Yankees' Mariano Rivera, who retired at the end of the 2013 season, was the last player in Major League Baseball to wear jersey number 42 on a regular basis.

  • Richard W. "Dick" Case Award
    • Beginning in 2003, the USA Baseball Player of the Year Award was renamed the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award. The award annually recognizes USA Baseball's top player while honoring the memory of the organization's founding Executive Director/CEO.

      YEAR PLAYER TEAM
      2016 Ricky Tyler Thomas Collegiate National Team
      2015 Justyn-Henry Malloy 15U National Team
      2014 Brice Turang 15U National Team
      2013 Carlos Rodon Collegiate National Team
      2012 Reese McGuire 18U National Team
      2011 Albert Almora 18U National Team
      2010 Alex Bregman 16U National Team
      2009 Justin Smoak World Cup Team
      2008 Stephen Strasburg Collegiate National and U.S. Olympic Baseball Teams
      2007 Jayson Nix World Cup Team
      2006 J.P. Arencibia Collegiate National Team
      2004 Ryan Shealy Pre-Olympic Qualifying Team
      2005 Ryan Zimmerman Collegiate National Team
      2003 Huston Street Collegiate National Team
  • USA Baseball Player of the Year
    • The USA Baseball Player of the Year Award was given to the athlete who was not only an outstanding player on the field, but exemplified sportsmanship and love of the game as well. The award was first presented in 1984.

      YEAR PLAYER TEAM
      2002 Michael Aubrey Collegiate National Team
      2001 Orlando Hudson World Cup Team
      2000 Ben Sheets U.S. Olympic Team
      1999 Dan Wheeler Pan American Games Team
      1998 Pat Burrell Golden Spikes Award winner
      1997 J.D. Drew Golden Spikes Award winner
      1996 Travis Lee Collegiate National and U.S. Olympic Baseball Teams
      1995 Mark Kotsay Golden Spikes Award winner
      1994 Jason Varitek Golden Spikes Award winner
      1993 Darren Dreifort Golden Spikes Award winner
      1992 Phil Nevin Collegiate National and U.S. Olympic Baseball Teams
      1991 Mike Kelly Golden Spikes Award winner
      1990 Alex Fernandez Golden Spikes Award winner
      1989 Ben McDonald Golden Spikes Award winner
      1988 Robin Ventura Collegiate National and U.S. Olympic Baseball Teams
      1987 Jim Abbott Collegiate National and Pan American Games Teams
      1986 Mike Loynd Golden Spikes Award winner
      1985 Will Clark Golden Spikes Award winner
      1984 Oddibe McDowell Collegiate National and U.S. Olympic Baseball Teams
  • USA Baseball International Performance of the Year
    • The USA Baseball International Performance of the Year award recognizes the athlete who authors the greatest single-game performance on an international stage while wearing the Team USA uniform in a given year. The annual award was first presented in 2009.

      2016: Hans Crouse

      • W, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K

      2015: Ryan Hendrick, Tanner Houck, Chris Okey and A.J. Puk

      • Combined to no-hit the Cuban National Team for the first time in its history

      2014: James Kaprielian, Collegiate National Team 

      • W, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K

      2013: Brady Aiken, 18U National Team 

      • W, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K

      2012: Jonathon Crawford, Collegiate National Team 

      • W, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

      2011: Keegan Thompson, 16U National Team 

      • W, 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K
      • 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBIs

      2010: Chris Archer, Pan American Qualifying Team 

      • W, 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

      2009: Jameson Taillon, 18U National Team 

      • W, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 16 K
      • U.S. 18U Pan American single-game record
  • USA Baseball Team of the Year
    • The USA Baseball Team of the Year is one whose success reaches far beyond the medal it wins. It is a team that teaches the game of baseball wherever it goes. The annual award was first presented in 1996.

      YEAR TEAM
      2016 Collegiate National Team
      2015 Women's Pan American Team
      2014 18U National Team
      2013 18U National Team
      2012 18U National Team
      2011 16U National Team
      2010 16U National Team
      2009 World Cup Team
      2008 Collegiate National Team
      2007 World Cup Team
      2006 Olympic Qualifying Team
      2005 Olympic Qualifying Team
      2004 Collegiate National Team
      2003 Collegiate National Team
      2002 Collegiate National Team
      2001 16U National Team
      2000 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team
      1999 Pan American Games Team
      1998 16U National Team
      1997 18U National Team
      1996 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team
  • USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year
    • Presented annually in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year award is given to the National Team manager or coach who expects excellence out of his players. A coach who not only strives for his players to succeed but to become better human beings as well. The award was first presented in 1996.

      YEAR NAME TEAM
      2016 George Horton Collegiate National Team
      2015 Willie Randolph Premier12 Team
      2014 Andy Stankiewicz 18U National Team
      2013 Rob Cooper 18U National Team
      2012 Scott Brosius 18U National Team
      2011 Scott Brosius 18U National Team
      2010 Eric Kibler 16U National Team
      2009 Eddie Rodriguez World Cup Team
      2008 Rob Walton Collegiate National Team
      2007 Davey Johnson World Cup Team
      2006 Davey Johnson Olympic Qualifying Team
      2005 Davey Johnson Pre-Olympic Qualifying Team
      2004 Marty Scott Women's National Team
      2003 Ray Tanner Collegiate National Team
      2002 Lelo Prado Collegiate National Team
      2001 Pat McMahon Collegiate National Team
      2000 Mike Gillespie Collegiate National Team
      2000 Tommy Lasorda* U.S. Olympic Baseball Team
      1999 Mark Johnson Collegiate National Team
      1998 Ron Polk Collegiate National Team
      1997 Bob Milano Collegiate National Team
      1996 Skip Bertman Collegiate National and U.S. Olympic Baseball Teams
  • USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year
    • Presented annually in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year award is given to the manager or coach who most prepares his players for the next level of baseball and their future. The award was first presented in 1996.

      YEAR NAME TEAM
      2016 Glenn Cecchini 18U National Team
      2015 Tanner Vesely 12U National Team
      2014 Jonathan Pollard Women's National Team
      2013 Dave Webb 12U National Team
      2012 Eric Kibler 14U and 17U National Team Development Program
      2011 Jeff Hewitt 14U National Team
      2010 Bill Kinneberg Collegiate National Team
      2009 George Sanchez 16U National Team
      2008 Mark Elkins 18U National Team
      2007 Gary Hatch 16U National Team
      2006 Garye LaFevers 16U National Team
      2005 Phil Bodine 16U National Team
      2004 Frank Cruz Collegiate National Team
      2003 Don Freeman 16U National Team
      2002 Edgar Soto 18U National Team
      2001 Dave Grant 18U National Team
      2000 Tim Saunders 16U National Team
      1999 Bill Krejci 16U National Team
      1998 Mark McKenzie 16U National Team
      1997 Bill Olson 18U National Team
      1996 Phil Clark 18U National Team
  • USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year
    • Presented on a year-by-year basis in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year award is given to the coach who does not receive payment in any form for his or her involvement in assisting USA Baseball coach and grow the game of baseball at any level.

      YEAR NAME TEAM
      2016 Skip Schumaker 14U NTDP
      2015 Todd Greene 14U NTDP
      2014 Brad Wilkerson Multiple programs
      2013 Landon Powell 14U NTDP
      2012 Dennis Cook 17U NTDP
      2011 Kerry Kincaid Multiple programs
      2010 Jim Comis Multiple programs
      2009 Brent Abernathy 18U National Team
      2008 Robert Craven 18U National Team
      2004 Jim Michalek Little League Baseball
      2003 Jim Phipps Baseball Coaches Association
  • USA Baseball "Doc" Counsilman Science Award
    • Presented on a year-by-year basis in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the USA Baseball "Doc" Counsilman Science Award is for a coach that utilizes scientific techniques/equipment as an integral part of his or her coaching methods, or has created innovative ways to use sport science.

      YEAR NAME TEAM
      2008 Rick Eckstein U.S. Olympic Baseball Team
  • USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year
    • The USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year award was presented once, in 2004, following the inaugural Women's National Team season. Women's players are now considered under the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award umbrella.

      YEAR PLAYER TEAM
      2016 Tamara Holmes Women's National Team
      2015 Malaika Underwood Women's Pan American Team
      2014 Sarah Hudek Women's National Team
      2012 Tamara Holmes Women's National Team
      2010 Jenna Marston Women's National Team
      2006 Donna Mills Women's National Team
      2004 Laura Brenneman Women's National Team
  • USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award
    • Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Beginning with the first ever trophy presentation to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship.

      YEAR PLAYER TEAM
      2017 Brendan McKay Louisville
      2016 Kyle Lewis Mercer
      2015 Andrew Benetendi Arkansas
      2014 A.J. Reed Kentucky
      2013 Kris Bryant San Diego
      2012 Mike Zunino Florida
      2011 Trevor Bauer UCLA
      2010 Bryce Harper Southern Nevada
      2009 Stephen Strasburg San Diego State
      2008 Buser Posey Florida State
      2007 David Price Vanderbilt
      2006 Tim Lincecum Washington
      2005 Alex Gordon Nebraska
      2004 Jered Weaver Long Beach State
      2003 Rickie Weeks Southern
      2002 Khalil Greene Clemson
      2001 Mark Prior Southern California
      2000 Kip Bouknight South Carolina
      1999 Jason Jennings Baylor
      1998 Pat Burrell Miami (Fla.)
      1997 J.D. Drew Florida State
      1996 Travis Lee San Diego State
      1995 Mark Kotsay Cal State Fullerton
      1994 Jason Varitek Georgia Tech
      1993 Darren Dreifort Wichita State
      1992 Phil Nevin Cal State Fullerton
      1991 Mike Kelly Arizona State
      1990 Alex Fernandez Miami Dade CC
      1989 Ben McDonald LSU
      1988 Robin Ventura Oklahoma State
      1987 Jim Abbott Michigan
      1986 Mike Loynd Florida State
      1985 Will Clark Mississippi State
      1984 Oddibe McDowell Arizona State
      1983 Dave Magadan Alabama
      1982 Augie Schmidt New Orleans
      1981 Mike Fuentes Florida State
      1980 Terry Francona Arizona
      1979 Tim Wallach Cal State Fullerton
      1978 Bob Horner Arizona State
  • U.S. Olympic Committee Team of the Year
    • Voted on annually by the USOC National Governing Bodies, Olympic fans and members of the national media, the U.S. Olympic Committee Team of the Year award is the highest recognition a team within the U.S. Olympic family can receive in a given year.

      YEAR TEAM
      2000 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team
  • U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete of the Month
    • Voted on monthly by the USOC National Governing Bodies, Olympic fans and members of the national media, the U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete of the Month award is presented to the athlete within the U.S. Olympic family with the top performance in an international competition in a given month.

      YEAR ATHLETE TEAM
      March 2017 Marcus Stroman World Baseball Classic Team
      August 2001 Jeff Flaig 16U National Team
      May 1996 Kris Benson Collegiate National and U.S. Olympic Baseball Teams
  • U.S. Olympic Committee Team of the Month
    • Voted on monthly by the USOC National Governing Bodies, Olympic fans and members of the national media, the U.S. Olympic Committee Team of the Month award is presented to the National Team within the U.S. Olympic family with the top performance in an international competition in a given month.

      MONTH TEAM
      March 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
      October 2009 18U National Team
      September 2009 World Cup Team
      November 2007 World Cup Team
      September 2006 Olympic Qualifying Team
      August 2006 Collegiate National Team
      July 2004 Collegiate National Team
      July 2003 Collegiate National Team
      August 2000 16U National Team
  • International Baseball Federation Athlete and Player of the Year Awards
    • Since 1993, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) has presented some form of an athlete or player of the year award, recognizing the top performer from an IBAF-sanctioned event in a given year.

      YEAR NAME TEAM
      2011 Zach Collins Junior Athlete of the Year
      2009 Justin Smoak Senior Athlete of the Year
      2004 Laura Brenneman Woman Player of the Year
      2003 Justin Bristow Youth Player of the Year
      2002 Delmon Young Youth Player of the Year
      2001 Jeff Flaig Youth Player of the Year
      1998 Tony Richie Youth Player of the Year
  • International Baseball Federation Coach of the Year
    • Since 1982, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) has presented the Coach of the Year award, recognizing the top manager or coach from an IBAF-sanctioned event in a given year.

      YEAR COACH TEAM
      2012 Scott Brosius 18U National Team
      2004 Frank Cruz Collegiate National Team
      1995 Steve Cohen 18U National Team
      1989 Mark Marquess Collegiate National Team