About the Golden Spikes Award
Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. The award is sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation. It is presented each year to the player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
In 2017, Louisville's Brendan McCarthy 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).
2018 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation
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 presented via an awards show to the entire country.
USA Baseball will compile an initial list of more than 200 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 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 in February.
Approximately halfway through the 2018 season, USA Baseball officials and the Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will release the 40-player midseason watch list. A few weeks later, USA Baseball officials will trim the number of players down and release the 25 semifinalists. The list of semifinalists will then be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel and former Golden Spikes Award winners, representing a group of more than 200 total voters. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of semifinalists. In June, USA Baseball will announce the finalists, and voting for the winner will begin that same day.
Fan voting* will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2018. Beginning with the semifinalist announcement and continuing through the finalist round voting deadline, fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite player on GoldenSpikesAward.com.
The 2018 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be presented 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.
*The "fans" will be treated as one "voter" in the voting process for the 2018 Golden Spikes Award, and their vote will count for ~0.5% of the overall vote (one of over 200 voters in the committee). In the semifinalist round, the three players receiving the highest percentage of the fan vote will each receive one vote from the "fans." In the finalist round, the one player receiving the highest percentage of the fan vote will receive one vote from the "fans."