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Louisville's Brendan McKay Wins 2017 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award

June 29, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - Louisville's Brendan McKay was named the 40th USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winner on Thursday, honoring the top amateur baseball player in the United States based on their athletic ability, sportsmanship, character and overall contribution to the sport. Presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the 2017 award was presented live on ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter, by George Grande, who anchored the first-ever SportsCenter telecast on September 7, 1979.

McKay is the first Golden Spikes Award winner in Louisville's history and the fifth ACC player to win the award following Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Khalil Greene (2002) and Buster Posey (2008). He is the eighth player from a current ACC program to earn the honor after Florida State's Mike Fuentes (1981) and Mike Loynd (1986), and Miami's Pat Burrell (1998) won the award prior to their schools joining the ACC. The Golden Spikes Award was the sixth National Player of the Year honor McKay received in addition to being named the 2017 ACC Player of the Year.

"Brendan McKay has proven to be the epitome of a two-way player with his success on the mound and at the plate this year, and we are elated to honor his tremendous season by naming him the recipient of the fortieth Golden Spikes Award," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball. "All four of these young athletes had noteworthy seasons and we are honored to celebrate their accomplishments with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation at its annual awards dinner. We look forward to following these young men as they begin the next chapter of their baseball careers."

McKay held an 8-3 record with a 2.22 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 85.0 innings on the mound during the regular season. During his three-year collegiate career, McKay has accumulated a 32-10 record with a 2.23 ERA and 391 strikeouts, the most ever for a Louisville pitcher. At the plate, he maintained a .341 batting average, 18 home runs, 15 doubles, 51 RBIs and a .457 on-base percentage as a hitter this season. In 182 career starts and 189 total appearances as a hitter, McKay has a .328 career batting average with 28 home runs, 48 doubles and 132 RBIs.

The two-way standout was a consensus All-America in both 2016 and 2017. He led Louisville to its first NCAA World Series appearance since 2014 this season, was an All-ACC selection in each of his three seasons, and was named the National Freshman of the Year by three publications in 2015.

Following the nationally televised announcement of the winner on June 29, all four finalists and their families will be celebrated at the Jonathan Club Los Angeles as part of the 2017 Rod Dedeaux Foundation Awards Dinner. Hosted by the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the dinner will honor the Golden Spikes Award finalists, the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Augie Garrido, and the 2016 Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year award winner, George Horton (Oregon).

The winner was selected after the list of finalists was sent to the Golden Spikes Award voting committee, a collection of more than 200 voters that include past Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media highly attuned within the amateur baseball landscape, select professional baseball personnel, and select USA Baseball staff members.

For the tenth consecutive year, fans were also able to get involved with the award voting by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com, powered by MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM). The website features content devoted exclusively to the Golden Spikes Award, including news, voting history, past-winner photo galleries and photographs of the 2017 finalists.

 

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2017 USA Baseball Award Winners Announced

December 12, 2017

18U National Team member Triston Casas named Richard W. "Dick" Case Award Winner

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Tuesday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from the 2017 USA Baseball national teams. 18U National Team member Triston Casas was named the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner, given annually to USA Baseball's top player in honor of the organization's founding Executive Director and CEO. Casas is the third 18U National Team member to earn athlete of the year honors.

USA Baseball honored the World Baseball Classic Team with three awards in 2017, including the Team of the Year award after winning its first-ever gold medal in the event. Manager Jim Leyland was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year and World Baseball Classic MVP Marcus Stroman earned the International Performance of the Year award following his outstanding performance in the championship game in March.

Stroman shares the International Performance of the Year award with 12U National Team member Josh Atomancyzyk, whose performance against Japan in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup kept Team USA in medal contention en route to its third consecutive Baseball World Cup title. This is the first time in USA Baseball's history two individual performances were recognized with this award.

"We are delighted to recognize these outstanding performances that led USA Baseball to new heights in 2017," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO. "Our on-field performances are certainly paramount to our organization's success but in addition to that, each one of these athletes represented the United States in an exceptional manner as a global ambassador for the game of baseball and our country on the international stage. We are truly proud to recognize these individuals and teams with our annual awards."

In partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Baseball also named David Sharp (12U National Team) and Bill Burniston (Collegiate National Team) the Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year award recipients, respectively.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017 after sweeping through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

Three-time USA Baseball alumnus Triston Casas (American Heritage High School, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) was awarded the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following his performance with the 18U National Team at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada. Casas was named the tournament MVP after leading Team USA to its fourth consecutive world championship title. A stalwart at first base, his bat did the most damage, collecting tournament-highs with 13 RBIs and three home runs, including a two-run shot in the gold medal game. The WBSC also named Casas its Baseball Player of the Year at its annual congress in Gaborone, Batswana in October.

Casas has now won three gold medals in his young career with Team USA. In addition to winning the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2017, he also won a gold medal with the 2015 15U National Team and the 2016 18U National Team in the COPABE Pan Am Championships. He was also a member of the 2016 17U National Team Development Program.

The World Baseball Classic Team was named USA Baseball's Team of the Year after winning its first-ever title when it defeated Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the gold medal game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Pitcher Marcus Stroman (Toronto Blue Jays) was named the MVP of the tournament and Eric Hosmer (Kansas City Royals) and Christian Yelich (Miami Marlins) joined him on the All-Tournament Team. The team finished the tournament with a 7-2 overall record and its success led to earning the USOC Team of the Month award for March, as well as its manager, Jim Leyland, being named the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year.

"The managerial expertise Jim brought to our World Baseball Classic team was impressive to watch," said Seiler. "Our nation has such high expectations for success in our sport, and Jim led an incredible group of players and staff to our first gold medal in this event. We're incredibly proud to call him an alumnus of USA Baseball and honor him with this award."

Leyland will be honored at the Golden Spikes Award and Rod Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner, which will be held June 28 at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

USA Baseball honored two athletes with the International Performance of the Year award: World Baseball Classic MVP Marcus Stroman and 12U National Team member Josh Atomancyzyk (Franklin, Texas). Stroman earned his MVP award with a shutdown performance over previously unbeaten Puerto Rico in the gold medal game of the 2017 WBC. In the final, Stroman pitched 6.1 innings of one-hit baseball and struck out three, silencing a Puerto Rican offense that was averaging nearly eight runs a game. His outstanding performance paved the way for a dominant 8-0 victory and the 2017 World Baseball Classic title. He was later named the Male Athlete of the Month for March by the USOC.

With a spot in the gold medal game of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup on the line, Atomancyzyk took the mound for the red, white and blue against Japan and was masterful; tossing 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out a game-high seven batters in the victory. In addition to his pitching prowess, Atomancyzyk went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two home runs and five RBIs in the 6-1 victory.

12U National Team Manager David Sharp (Huntsville High School; Huntsville, Ala.) was named the Developmental Coach of the Year after leading the 12U team to its third consecutive WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup title. Sharp led his team to an 8-1 record, defeating host-country Chinese Taipei, 7-2, in the gold medal game in front of a sellout crowd of 11,000. Under his guidance, the team outscored its opponents 107-43 and finished the tournament hitting .423 with 40 extra-base hits.

Bill Burniston was named the USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as the performance specialist for the Collegiate National Team. Burniston provided unparalleled service to the athletes by offering creative and engaging training sessions that not only allowed the national team to prepare and excel on the field, but also promoted and protected their overall long-term health.

"Bill has been an invaluable addition to our Collegiate National Team family for years," said Seiler. "He is a world-class professional in his field and his engaging demeanor leads to positive and fulfilling relationships with the athletes that last long after their time with USA Baseball."

USA Baseball's Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year and Team of the Year honorees serve as the organization's nominees in their respective categories with the USOC, who honors one Sportsman and Team of the Year annually based on nominations from its National Governing Bodies.

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USA Baseball and Varo Announce Partnership

December 10, 2017

The multi-year partnership makes Varo an official on-field provider of all USA Baseball national teams

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball and Varo announced on Monday an exclusive multi-year partnership to make Varo the Official Bat Weight of USA Baseball.

Through this partnership, Varo is now the Official On-Field Supplier in the bat weight category for all USA Baseball national teams and national team development programs. In addition, USA Baseball and Varo will work jointly on future product development.

Also included in the agreement, USA Baseball licensed bat weight products will be available for purchase at the USA Baseball Team Store at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and online at USABaseballShop.com.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with the team at Varo to produce new and innovative products that will ensure our USA Baseball national team athletes will continue to be outfitted with the highest level of on-field equipment," said David Perkins, USA Baseball's Chief Operating Officer. "This partnership will allow our organization to collaborate with the industry leader in bat weight technology both on-field and in the retail landscape."

Varo introduced customized USA Baseball licensed ARC and COR bat weights to the national teams and national team development programs in 2017 - a year where USA Baseball became the first federation in history to sweep its international competitions, highlighted by a World Baseball Classic title, two World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball World Championships and three international series victories by the Collegiate National Team.

Varo brings players a full line of training weights, from on-deck use to live hitting. The Varo ARC, Varo's first product, is designed to dial-in an athlete's swing for both on- and off-field conditioning. It distributes weight to the end of the barrel of the bat, creating a game-like swing that improves a player's mechanics and barrel speed while strengthening baseball-specific muscles. The Varo COR provides a more traditional feel, using advanced technology to eliminate abrasion on a player's bat when taking on-deck swings.

Recently made available for purchase from USA Baseball is the officially licensed Varo RAP, a hittable training sleeve designed to protect the bat, develop swing speed and reduce vibration on impact. It is a first-of-its kind bat weight sleeve that hitters can use during live batting practice and training. The RAP will be introduced to USA Baseball's national team programming in 2018.

"Partnering with USA Baseball truly allows us to support the growth of amateur baseball, which is a passion of ours. It's a win-win," said Steven Schinko, Varo's co-founder and President. "We're able to work alongside USA Baseball players and coaches, ensuring our growing line of products are built with top notch insight."

Varo launched its first product in 2014 and is now an Official On-Field Supplier for USA Baseball and Major League Baseball. Its products are designed and manufactured in the United States and utilize patented, proprietary technology to help athletes increase their performance at the plate. Varo designs its products to fit all types of baseball bats, and for player skill levels - ranging from youth to professional.

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USA Baseball and Major League Baseball to Host Orlando Elementary Students for Special Youth Event During Baseball's Winter Meetings

December 7, 2017

Three Major League Players to Participate in "Fun At Bat" Event At Bay Meadows Elementary School

Activities Will Highlight Introductory, Modified and In-School Designed Bat-and-Ball Program That Will Be Available to Elementary Schools Nationwide in 2018

WHO:    

  • Luke Gregerson - Member of 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros and 2017 World Baseball Classic Champion Team USA
  • Zach Eflin - RHP, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Max Moroff - Second Baseman, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • George Grande - Broadcaster, Cincinnati Reds
  • Tony Reagins - Senior Vice President, Youth Programs, Major League Baseball
  • Paul Seiler - Chief Executive Officer, USA Baseball

 

WHAT:  As the baseball world holds its annual Winter Meetings in the Orlando area, USA Baseball and Major League Baseball will host a special 'FUN AT BAT' event for young students at Bay Meadows Elementary School. Approximately 100 third grade students will participate in a series of fun bat-and-ball activities that focus on fundamentals and character development, which will be run by Orange County Public Schools Physical Educators. The effort is part of 'Fun At Bat,' a program by MLB and USA Baseball designed to offer an introductory, modified and in-school bat-and-ball activities for younger students. Additionally, each participant will receive a USA Baseball Championship Principles book, Fun At Bat t-shirt, USA Baseball hat, and bat & ball set, and signed certificate of achievement to take home.

Orange County Public Schools adopted the Fun At Bat program to implement in-school as part of the physical education curriculum. Approximately 87,000 students in the district will engage in the program as part of their in-school physical education curriculum, which is the largest participation of any market in this initial Fun At Bat year. The program will be available nationwide to school districts beginning with the 2018 school year.

 Fun At Bat, a USA Baseball youth initiative is a bat and ball program for all children created for use in elementary school P.E. classes. The overarching goal of this program is to promote fun and active lifestyles for children, while teaching them the fundamental skills of bat and ball sports. The program also includes a literacy component and teaches character traits such as leadership, teamwork and fair play. All provided program materials are available in English and Spanish. Fun At Bat is a part of the PLAY BALL initiative which is the sport's largest collective effort to encourage young people to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, special events and casual forms of play.

WHEN:  Tuesday, December 12th, 8:45 a.m.-10:05 a.m. ET

WHERE:  Bay Meadows Elementary School, 9150 S. Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, Florida 32836

CONTACT: 

  • Steve Arocho, Major League Baseball, (718) 614-3487, steven.arocho@mlb.com
  • Kerline Batista, Major League Baseball, (347) 998-2049, kerline.batista@mlb.com
  • Tyler Collins, USA Baseball, (260) 402-4719, tylercollins@USABaseball.com
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USA Baseball Announces 2018 Women's National Team Identification Process

December 1, 2017
2018 Women's National Open Registration

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Friday the identification process for the Women's National Team that will compete in the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup in Viera, Florida.

The national team identification process will begin with the Women's National Open from June 8-10 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. In compliance with the international age determinate rule, the event is open to women who are 16 years of age or older by December 31, 2018.

"We are excited to be fielding a Women's National Team again in 2018 for the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball. "Since our last international event in 2016 we have been planning and preparing for 2018 by introducing new players to our program through our National Team Development Program and we are eager to begin the national team selection process with the Women's National Open in June."

The USA Baseball coaching staff will select 40 athletes from the Women's National Open to compete at the 2018 National Team Trials. Trials will take place immediately following the completion of the Women's National Open - from June 11-14 - at the National Training Complex.

The final roster will be announced on Monday, June 18.

The 2018 Women's National Team will train in Florida from August 11-15 before competing in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup from August 17-26 at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.

"We are thrilled that the WBSC awarded the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup to the United States," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "We cannot wait to not only showcase women's baseball in our country, but also for our Women's National Team to compete for a gold medal on our home soil for the first time."

Team USA is a two-time World Champion in the women's discipline, winning the gold medal at the Women's Baseball World Cup in 2004 and 2006.

Registration for the 2018 Women's National Open is now open. Athletes can register for the event by clicking here or visiting the Women's National Team page at USABaseball.com.

For more information on the Women's National Team and the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup, follow @USABaseballWNT, @USABaseball and @WBSC on Twitter.

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USA Baseball Adds New Assets to Online Education Center

November 17, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday the addition of four new educational assets, featuring content provided by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), in an effort to promote continuing education throughout the baseball coaching community.

USA Baseball has produced four new online coaching modules, each of which include clinic videos from recent ABCA National Conventions. These modules are now available on the USA Baseball Online Education Center, at no cost to users.

The USA Baseball Online Education Center currently includes - among other resources - a catalog of online courses and modules for players, coaches, parents and umpires, hosted by some of baseball's most esteemed professionals. These are completely free of charge and aim to provide a positive baseball experience for all those involved. The four new modules featuring premier ABCA content are:

  • Managing Players, featuring Andy Green, Manager of the San Diego Padres, and Chris Burke, former MLB player and current TV analyst
  • Coaching Philosophy and Approach, featuring Jack Thomson, Head Baseball Coach at Sierra HS (Calif.), and Dave Jauss, Coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Infield Development, featuring Marty Lees, Head Baseball Coach at Washington State University, and Eddie Smith, Head Baseball Coach at Lower Columbia College
  • Outfield Development, featuring Jake Boss, Head Baseball Coach at Michigan State University, and Matt Bragga, Head Baseball Coach at Tennessee Tech

 

These modules, like the rest of the course offerings on the USA Baseball Online Education Center, are equipped with a functionality that allows the user to select their preferred language (English or Spanish) upon launching the module. When the user selects Spanish as their preferred language, the course will automatically be delivered entirely in Spanish, including videos with Spanish subtitles.

"Today's launch marks another important step in the build out of our Online Education Center," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "With the support of the ABCA, we're proud to add these developmentally focused resources which will not only impact technical teachings, but also serve to reinforce our commitment to building a positive culture across all levels of our game."

The introduction of the new modules is in alignment with the Quality Coaching Framework unveiled by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in October 2017. The Quality Coaching Framework is the latest in a series of efforts by the USOC to advance the coaching profession in the United States by improving the standard of coaching education and developing high-quality resources to support National Governing Bodies (NGBs). The Quality Coaching Framework is available on the USOC's website, TeamUSA.org, as well as the USA Baseball Online Education Center.

The four new coaching development modules and the USOC's Quality Coaching Framework can be found by accessing the USA Baseball Online Education Center at USABaseball.Education.

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USA Baseball Reveals 2018 Tournament of Stars Dates

November 3, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2018 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars will take place from June 18-23, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, the organization revealed on Thursday.

Players will arrive on Sunday, June 17 and participate in a newly added team practice on Monday, June 18. The teams will then play games June 19-21, take part in an evaluation day on Friday, June 22, followed by the gold and bronze medal games on Saturday, June 23. All the athletes will depart on Sunday, June 24.

The bronze and gold games will once again be streamed live on MLB.com and USABaseball.com.

The Tournament of Stars is made up of 80 of the best baseball players in the country that are international age-eligible (Born January 1, 2000 or 2001) for 18U National Team consideration. The event serves as the primary pool of talent from which USA Baseball will select its team to compete in the 2018 COPABE Pan Am 'AAA' Championships.

Team USA is the four-time defending Pan Am champion and will look to add a fifth consecutive gold medal in 2018. The program's last gold came at the 2016 event, as Team USA claimed the title with a 6-1 victory over Cuba in the gold medal game.

The 2016 squad featured four players that were selected in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including Royce Lewis, who was selected first overall by the Minnesota Twins, and Hunter Greene, who was taken second overall by the Cincinnati Reds.

More information on the international event schedule for the 2018 18U National Team will be released at a later date on USABaseball.com.

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USA Baseball Announces Changes to National Team Championships, Addition of 16U NTDP

November 2, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday multiple changes to the National Team Championships, including the addition of a 16U age group at the annual event in Arizona, as well as the addition of a 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) to the national team programming slate for 2018.

The 2018 National Team Championships in Arizona will start on June 15 and will now feature a 16U age group in addition to its 14U, 15U and 17U age groups. The 17U tournament will take place from June 15-22, followed by the 15U age group from June 22-29, and finally, the 14U and 16U tournaments will be played concurrently from June 30-July 7.

"We are excited to enhance the National Team Championships with the inclusion of the 16U age group starting in 2018," Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher said, "Given USA Baseball's history with this age group, we know the talent is outstanding at this level, so we look forward to adding it to the already-elite National Team Championships player-pool."

USA Baseball had a long successful history at the 16U level through its 16U National Team, which competed from 1997-2011 before the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) changed its youth championships age discipline to 15U. In the fifteen-year history of the program, Team USA made it to the championship game of every international tournament it appeared in, taking home 11 gold medals - including nine in World Championships - and three silvers. In addition, eight of those teams went undefeated in international play.

In connection with the addition of a 16U age group at the National Team Championships, USA Baseball has also added a 16U discipline to its National Team Development Program for the 2018 season; providing national team-level opportunities to all youth players ages 14-18.

The 16U NTDP will feature athletes selected from the 15U National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the newly created 16U National Team Championships and through recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball task force members and collegiate, high school and youth coaches. Like the existing 14U and 17U NTDPs, the 16U program will invite 40 athletes to participate in skill development sessions, which include guest speakers/instructors and Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad games.

"The National Team Development Program provides an unparalleled national team-level experience and we're excited to expand that opportunity to players at the 16U age level," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "This addition will also allow athletes to stay in touch with the USA Baseball organization between the national team age levels, developing their skills before possible consideration on a future national team.

"The exposure to future national team staffs, as well as college and professional scouts, the NTDP offers is invaluable for these athletes as they look to grow their game and compete internationally in the future."

At age levels where there are not international competitions, the National Team Development Program offers an unmatched developmental opportunity to better prepare athletes for potential future national teams and ingrain them in the USA Baseball organization. It also serves to help young players accelerate their maturation and readiness for the next step in their respective baseball careers.

Since the program's inception in 2012, 64 national team development program attendees have earned spots on national team rosters at the 15U, 18U and Collegiate national team levels. Additionally, in the five years that NTDP participants have been eligible, 21 players have been selected in the first five rounds of the MLB First Year Player Draft.

In addition to the changes at the National Team Championships in Arizona, the event in Florida will feature an enhanced schedule in 2018. The 14U, 15U and 17U tournaments will now be played in separate weeks, reducing the total number of days each age group will participate than in previous years however still providing teams the same amount of games.

The National Team Championships in Florida will also start on June 15 with its 15U tournament from June 15-20. The 17U age group will follow, competing from June 21-26, and the event will finish with the 14U age group, which will run from June 27-July 1.

For more information on the National Team Championships and the NTDP, check USABaseball.com and follow @USABChamps_East, @USABChamps_West and @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter. Registration for the 2018 National Team Championships will open on Friday, November 10.

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Seven Alumni Win 2017 World Series with Astros

November 2, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - Seven USA Baseball alumni won the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series with the Houston Astros on Wednesday, including World Series MVP George Springer, who was a member of the 2010 Collegiate National Team. Springer hit .292 with 18 RBI and seven doubles for the stars and stripes.

2017 ALCS MVP, Justin Verlander, also played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Verlander recorded a 1.34 ERA with Team USA in 2003 as he allowed just six runs and struck out 41 in 40.1 innings of work.

Alex Bregman and Luke Gregerson celebrated a championship at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night for the second time in 2017. Both were members of the U.S.'s gold medal-winning World Baseball Classic team that claimed the title at Dodger Stadium in May.

Both players have made multiple appearances for Team USA, with Bregman playing for Team USA five times and Gregerson competing twice for the stars and stripes.

Including the 2017 WBC, the seven alumni have taken home six gold medals and three silvers in their time with USA Baseball. Bregman alone won four gold medals with his five teams.

In addition, six-time Team USA alum A.J. Hinch led the Astros to their first World Series title in franchise history as the team's manager.

The full list of alumni on the World Series Champion Houston Astros roster is as follows:

Alex Bregman - 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Evan Gattis - 2002 16U National Team
Luke Gregerson - 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
Brian McCann - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Lance McCullers Jr. - 2010 18U National Team
George Springer - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate National Team

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USA Baseball Announces New Spanish Language Resources

October 27, 2017

Español

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday an expansion of its Spanish language assets, with all course offerings on the USA Baseball Online Education Center now available in both English and Spanish.

These additional resources were made possible via the support of the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation. The Youth Development Foundation was established in 2015 to advance the development of amateur players, and their enjoyment of the sport, by focusing on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada. The mission of the foundation is to enhance the quality of baseball and softball education, address overall youth participation in baseball and softball and help youth, including those from underserved communities, and strengthen connections to the game.

The USA Baseball Online Education Center currently includes - among other resources - 11 online courses for players, coaches, parents and umpires, hosted by some of baseball's most esteemed professionals, including the managers of both teams competing in the 2017 World Series. These courses are completely free of charge and aim to provide a positive baseball experience for all those involved.

The course offerings on the Online Education Center include five culture, health and safety-based courses and six shorter, skill-specific modules hosted by current and former Major League personnel. These modules provide keys for teaching players the fundamental skills of the game, including hitting, pitching, catching, base running, infield and outfield. Courses and modules of note include:

  • Baserunning Fundamentals, hosted by Dave Roberts, Manager of the 2017 National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Catching Stances, Receiving, and Blocking, hosted by A.J. Hinch, Manager of the 2017 American League Champion Houston Astros
  • The Confident Baseball Coach, hosted by Joe Maddon, Manager of the Chicago Cubs
  • The Play Ball Parent, hosted by Dayton Moore, General Manager of the Kansas City Royals
  • Introduction to Pitch Smart, hosted by John Smoltz, Hall of Fame pitcher

The course offerings on the Online Education Center are now equipped with a functionality that allows the user to select their preferred language (English or Spanish) upon launching the course. When the user selects Spanish as their preferred language, the course will automatically be delivered entirely in Spanish, including videos with Spanish subtitles.

Following the launch of this new functionality, all future courses and modules on the Online Education Center will now be released in both English and Spanish from the outset. This initiative marks the latest in a series of efforts by USA Baseball to expand its Spanish language offerings, which include a Twitter account (@usabaseball_esp) and a section on the Sport Development Blog entitled "USA Baseball en Español." The all-Spanish Twitter account regularly features educational content in Spanish from the blog, which contains over 50 pieces written in Spanish for players, coaches, parents and umpires, with more posts being added regularly.

"Providing our online courses in Spanish is part of the continuation of USA Baseball's efforts to make educational resources universally available within the game," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "We identified the gap in Spanish-ready education early on, and we are proud to add these courses to our educational offerings and expand our reach into the Spanish-speaking baseball community. We look forward to promoting these resources both domestically and abroad."

The full collection of online courses and the Sport Development Blog can be found by accessing the USA Baseball Online Education Center at USABaseball.Education.

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2017 World Series to Feature 12 USA Baseball Alumni

October 24, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2017 Major League Baseball World Series will feature 12 USA Baseball alumni across the two rosters.

The Houston Astros boast seven alums of Team USA on their roster, including newly acquired ace and ALCS MVP, Justin Verlander. An alum of the 2003 Collegiate National Team, Verlander recorded a 1.34 ERA with Team USA as he allowed just six earned runs and struck out 41 in 40.1 innings of work.

In the opposite dugout, five alumni will appear in the 2017 Fall Classic for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw, who will take the mound for the Dodgers in Game 1, played for the 2005 18U National Team and did not allow a single run in his time with Team USA.

Alex Bregman and Luke Gregerson, two members of the U.S.'s gold medal-winning World Baseball Classic (WBC) team will also head to the World Series with the Astros. Both players have made multiple appearances for the red, white and blue, with Bregman playing for Team USA five times and Gregerson competing twice for the stars and stripes.

In addition to the 2017 WBC gold medal, the 12 alumni have taken home 8 gold medals and three silvers. Bregman alone has won four gold medals with his five teams.

The 2017 World Series starts with Game 1 on Tuesday, October 24, at 8 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

The full list of alumni in the 2017 MLB World Series is as follows:

Houston Astros (7):
Alex Bregman - 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Evan Gattis - 2002 16U National Team
Luke Gregerson - 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
Brian McCann - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Lance McCullers Jr. - 2010 18U National Team
George Springer - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate National Team

Los Angeles Dodgers (5):
Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Logan Forsythe - 2007 Collegiate National Team
Clayton Kershaw - 2005 18U National Team
Corey Seager - 2010 16U National Team
Chase Utley - 2006 World Baseball Classic Team

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