About the Golden Spikes Award
Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the nation with the Golden Spikes Award. The award is presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation and is given each year to the player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
In 2017, Louisville's Brendan McKay won the prestigious award in a presentation on ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter. Past winners also include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006), David Price (2007), Buster Posey (2008), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Bryce Harper (2010), Trevor Bauer (2011), Mike Zunino (2012), Kris Bryant (2013), A.J. Reed (2014), Andrew Benintendi (2015) and Kyle Lewis (2016).
The 2018 Golden Spikes Award Selection Process
When the Golden Spikes Award is presented to the top amateur player on June 28, it will mark the 40th anniversary of the award and the 11th consecutive year that it has been broadcasted to the entire country as part of a televised awards show.
USA Baseball will compile an initial list of more than 100 candidates for the award prior to the start of the 2018 amateur baseball season. The list is based on preseason recommendations and will also include rolling nominations throughout the regular season to ensure that all players are considered. USA Baseball officials will review this list with the Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board and will unveil the 2018 Golden Spikes Award 55-player preseason watch list on February 9.
On April 10, USA Baseball and the Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will select and release the 40-player midseason watch list. On May 21, the Advisory Board will trim the number of players down and USA Baseball will announce the 25 semifinalists. Beginning with the announcement of semifinalists, a ballot will be sent to the Golden Spikes Award voting body consisting of national baseball media, select professional baseball personnel, previous Golden Spikes Award winners and select USA Baseball staff, totaling a group of over 200 voters. From Monday, May 21 through Sunday, June 3, the voting body will select three semifinalists from the ballot to be named as Golden Spikes Award finalists and fan voting will simultaneously be open on GoldenSpikesAward.com. Fans will have the opportunity to vote up to 25 times per day for their favorite semifinalists. Selections made by the Golden Spikes Award voting body will carry a 95% weight of each athlete's total, while fan votes will account for the remaining 5%.
The finalists will then be announced on Wednesday, June 6 and USA Baseball will send a final ballot to the aforementioned voting body that same day. From June 6 through Friday, June 22, the voting body members may select one finalist from the ballot to be the Golden Spikes Award winner. Fan voting will reopen simultaneously during this time, and fans will be able to submit up to 25 votes per day for their favorite finalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com. Final selections made by the voting body and fans will again carry a 95% and 5% weight of each player's total votes, respectively.
The 2018 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be presented on Thursday, June 28, on ESPN's SportsCenter. Following the nationally televised announcement of the winner, the finalists and their families will be celebrated at the Jonathan Club Los Angeles as part of the 2018 Rod Dedeaux Foundation Awards Dinner.