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.tr>
YEAR PLAYER TEAM 2017 Triston Casas 18U National 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.
2017: Josh Atomancyzyk
- W, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 7 K, 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
2017: Marcus Stroman
- W, 6.1 IP, 1 H, 3K (World Baseball Classic final)
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 2017 World Baseball Classic 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 2017 Jim Leyland World Baseball Classic 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 2017 David Sharp 12U National 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 2017 Bill Burniston Collegiate National 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 2017 Triston Casas Player of the Year 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 2017 Andy Stankiewicz 18U National 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