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Stroman, U.S. WBC Team Honored by the USOC

April 5, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced Marcus Stroman and the U.S. World Baseball Classic Team as Best of March honorees for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow on Wednesday. Stroman and the World Baseball Classic champions are now eligible for 2017 Best of Year honors.

Stroman (Toronto Blue Jays) is the third athlete in USA Baseball's history to be named the USOC's Athlete of the Month and the first since 16U National Team member Jeff Flaig was honored in August of 2001. The World Baseball Classic team is the ninth USA Baseball team to be honored by the USOC and the first since the 18U National Team was selected in October of 2009.

Stroman led Team USA to its first-ever World Baseball Classic title and was named tournament MVP after taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the championship game against Puerto Rico. He completed the tournament with the lowest ERA (2.35) among all U.S. starting pitchers and led the team in strikeouts, while surrendering runs in only one of his team-leading 15.1 innings pitched.

Team USA won its first WBC title in decisive fashion, defeating Puerto Rico, 8-0, in front of a home crowd in Los Angeles. The U.S. finished with a 6-2 overall record, avenging its two losses against the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, while adding a thrilling 2-1 semifinal victory over two-time WBC champion Japan. U.S. infielder Eric Hosmer (Kansas City Royals) and outfielder Christian Yelich (Miami Marlins) joined Stroman on the All-Tournament Team.

The Team USA monthly awards are voted on by the USOC National Governing Bodies, Olympic fans and members of the national media, based on their performances in an international competition in a given month.

About the Team USA Awards
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. An internal nominating committee selects five nominees from both the male and female categories, and three from the team category to advance to the voting round. Votes received from NGB representatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.

Each of the five monthly men's and women's finalists, and three team finalists automatically qualify for consideration for the 2017 Team USA Awards presented by Dow Best of the Year. Visit TeamUSA.org for a complete list of monthly finalists from the 2016-17 qualification period. The 2017 Best of the Year Awards will be held in December.

SPANISH: Stroman, Equipo USA de Clásico Mundial de Béisbol se Honoran por el USOC 

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USA Baseball Announces Premier12 Staff Changes

Three-time World Series champion Scott Brosius will now serve as the team's manager
October 16, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced changes to its World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™ coaching staff on Wednesday. Joe Girardi, who was named the manager of Team USA in August, has stepped down from his role with Team USA as he pursues open managerial opportunities in Major League Baseball. Three-time World Series champion, two-time USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year and current USA Baseball Senior Director of Player Development Scott Brosius will now serve as the team's manager.

"We are grateful that Joe was a part of Team USA and we appreciate the time and preparation he dedicated to our endeavor of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director and CEO. "On behalf of the organization, we wish him the best of luck as he seeks a manager position in Major League Baseball.

"Scott Brosius is respected across the baseball industry for his time as both a player and a coach. He possesses a tremendous resume and we are proud to have him step in and lead us in the Premier12 tournament. From top to bottom, the coaching staff we assembled boasts a wealth of international playing and coaching experience, and we are confident in their ability to help us achieve the goals we have collectively set for this team."

With Brosius taking the reins as manager, Willie Randolph will now serve as the bench coach for the team and Ernie Young will move from coaching first base to third base.

"It is a tremendous honor to be named the manager for the USA Baseball Premier12 team and I am pleased that my first act in this role is to welcome Anthony Sanders to our coaching staff," said Brosius. "Anthony comes highly recommended by his peers and we are thrilled to have him join the team. He will provide a unique perspective to this team having won a gold medal as a player with Team USA at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, as well as having coached at the international level in this very event four years ago."

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games gold medalist Anthony Sanders (pictured) will join the staff and take over the coaching duties at first base. Sanders, who served as an assistant coach for Team USA during the 2015 WBSC Premier12™, is currently the outfield and baserunning coordinator for the Colorado Rockies' minor league staff. He spent parts of three seasons in the majors as an outfielder with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners before making his coaching debut as a hitting coach with the Tri-City Dust Devils in the Rockies' farm system in 2007. After four seasons as a hitting coach, Sanders was named the manager of the Grand Junction Rockies in 2013, where he spent three seasons and was named the 2014 Pioneer League Manager of the Year.

USA Baseball announced its 28-man roster last week that will begin the WBSC Premier12™ in Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 2-4 as a member of Group A with the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands. The top two nations from Group A will advance to the Super Round in Tokyo from November 11-16.

The tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top finisher from both the Americas territory and Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) will join host-country Japan and WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier champion Israel in the six-team Olympic tournament. The final two Olympic berths will be decided in March 2020.

The team will train in Surprise, Arizona, from October 21-28 at the Kansas City Royals Spring Training facility before traveling to Mexico for the opening round of the Premier12™.

For more information on USA Baseball and the WBSC Premier12™, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster

The Premier12 tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for Tokyo 2020
October 10, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named its roster for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™ on Thursday. The 28-man roster is made up of 15 pitchers and 13 position players currently not on an MLB 40-man roster, and features six former national team alumni and seven of the MLB Pipeline top-100 prospects.

The U.S. will begin the WBSC Premier12™ in Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 2-4 as a member of Group A with the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands. The top two nations from Group A will advance to the Super Round in Tokyo from November 11-16.

The tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top finisher from both the Americas territory and Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) will join host-country Japan and WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier champion Israel in the six-team Olympic tournament. The final two Olympic berths will be decided in March 2020.

"It is an honor to welcome a group of immensely talented athletes to Team USA as we begin the qualification process for Tokyo 2020," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. "Our goal during the selection process was to identify and piece together a roster that included a combination of both young and veteran baseball players that complement each other on and off the field. These 28 men are exemplary talents and individuals, and we are confident they will represent the United States proudly on the international stage."

Brooks Pounders (RHP, New York Mets) is one of six Team USA alumni on the roster and is the lone returning member from the inaugural Premier12™ roster that won the silver medal in 2015. Also returning to a USA Baseball national team is Erik Kratz (C, New York Yankees) and Andrew Vaughn (INF, Chicago White Sox), as well as Tanner Houck (RHP, Boston Red Sox) and his Collegiate National Team teammates Bobby Dalbec (INF, Boston Red Sox) and Tyler Johnson (RHP, Chicago White Sox).

Jo Adell (OF, Los Angeles Angels) is the top-rated prospect on the roster, ranking fifth out of the top-100 by MLB Pipeline. Also on the list is No. 21 Vaughn, No. 23 Drew Waters (OF, Atlanta Braves), No. 34 Alec Bohm (INF, Philadelphia Phillies), No. 72 Xavier Edwards (INF, San Diego Padres), No. 88 Spencer Howard (RHP, Philadelphia Phillies) and No. 100 Daulton Varsho (C, Arizona Diamondbacks).

The Boston Red Sox lead all Major League clubs with four players from its farm system on the roster in C.J. Chatham (INF), Dalbec, Houck and Noah Song (RHP). The Philadelphia Phillies have three prospects on the roster while the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics all boast a pair of prospects on the roster as well. The remaining players are a part of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals systems, and Brandon Dickson (RHP) joins the roster as a member of the Orix Buffaloes in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league.

Four-time World Series Champion Joe Girardi was named the manager of the Premier12™ roster in August and is joined by a coaching staff laden with international experience. Bench Coach Scott Brosius, Bullpen Coach Roly de Armas, Hitting Coach Phil Plantier, Pitching Coach Bryan Price, Third Base Coach Willie Randolph and First Base Coach Ernie Young collectively have 21 years of playing and coaching experience with Team USA, winning seven gold medals.

The team will train in Surprise, Arizona, from October 21-28 at the Kansas City Royals Spring Training facility before traveling to Mexico for the opening round of the Premier12™.

For more information on USA Baseball and the WBSC Premier12™, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The full roster, including coaching and administrative staffs, can be found here.

USA Baseball Premier12™ Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown; 2019 Organization)

Jo Adell; OF; Louisville, Ky.; Los Angeles Angels
Clayton Andrews; LHP; Petaluma, Calif.; Milwaukee Brewers
Alec Bohm; INF; Omaha, Neb.; Philadelphia Phillies
C.J. Chatham; INF; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Boston Red Sox
Jake Cronenworth; INF; St. Clair, Mich.; Tampa Bay Rays
*^Bobby Dalbec; INF; Seattle, Wash.; Boston Red Sox
Brandon Dickson; RHP; Montgomery, Ala.; Orix Buffaloes
Parker Dunshee; RHP; Zionsville, Ind.; Oakland Athletics
Xavier Edwards; INF; Mineola, N.Y.; San Diego Padres
J.P Feyereisen; RHP; River Falls, Wis.; Milwaukee Brewers
Brian Flynn; LHP; Tulsa, Okla.; Kansas City Royals
Taylor Gushue; C; Boca Raton, Fla.; Washington Nationals
*Tanner Houck; RHP; Collinsville, Ill.; Boston Red Sox
Spencer Howard; RHP; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Philadelphia Phillies
*Tyler Johnson; RHP; Midlothian, Va.; Chicago White Sox
*Erik Kratz; C; Telford, Pa.; New York Yankees
Wyatt Mills; RHP; Spokane, Wash.; Seattle Mariners
Mark Payton; OF; Orland Park, Ill.; Oakland Athletics
*Brooks Pounders; RHP; Riverside, Calif.; New York Mets
Clayton Richard; LHP; Lafayette, Ind.; Toronto Blue Jays
Brent Rooker; OF; Germantown, Tenn.; Minnesota Twins
Connor Seabold; RHP; Laguna Hills, Calif.; Philadelphia Phillies
Noah Song; RHP; Pomona, Calif.; Boston Red Sox
Caleb Thielbar; LHP; Northfield, Minn.; Atlanta Braves
Daniel Tillo; LHP; Sioux City, Iowa; Kansas City Royals
Daulton Varsho; C/OF; Chili, Wisc.; Arizona Diamondbacks
*^Andrew Vaughn; IF; Santa Rosa, Calif.; Chicago White Sox
Drew Waters; OF; Woodstock, Ga.; Atlanta Braves

*Denotes National Team alumnus
^Denotes National Team development Program participant

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Gritty Film Productions Acquire Rights to Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Story, Miracle on Grass

September 25, 2019

Los Angeles- CA: Ted Collins - the 2018 Slamdance Award-Winning Producer and principal of Gritty Film Productions (MR. FISH CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END and the upcoming 2 MEN AND A PIG starring Dermot Mulroney), has acquired the exclusive rights to develop author David Fanucchi's book MIRACLE ON GRASS.

Fanucchi was the Press Officer for the 2000 USA Baseball Olympic Team. Led by Hall-of-Fame manager Tommy Lasorda - who came out of retirement to lead the charge for his country - they pulled off the greatest upset in Olympic baseball history to win the gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Their triumph was remarkable, but the story of their coming together is even harder to imagine. "As arguably the greatest underdog story in American baseball history, I couldn't be more excited to begin working with Ted on a chance to develop this on film," said Fanucchi. "Ted is exactly the type of producer that I was hoping would take our story and run with it. He's passionate, tenacious, and determined, and I believe in his vision for this project."

Lasorda - reached in his office at Dodger Stadium - was equally thrilled. "Managing the USA Baseball Team to an Olympic Gold Medal was the greatest achievement and proudest moment of my life," the Hall of Fame, legendary Dodgers manager said. "I am thrilled to hear that Ted Collins has acquired the rights to turn David Fanucchi's book into a movie. I will do whatever I can to lend a hand, and assist them in creating an outstanding and inspirational film."

Of the deal, Ted Collins said "I love underdog stories, especially ones involving sports. I'm a big fan of baseball and Tommy Lasorda. He's a living legend. It's surprising to me that not too many people know about this amazing accomplishment -- how Lasorda assembled a rag tag bunch of baseball players, brought them to Sydney and beat the heavily favored, Cuba. All to minimal fanfare. While most of America was asleep, (this happened in the middle of the night in USA time), Lasorda led the Americans to gold in Sydney. In fact, it's the only time the Americans won gold. David Fanucchi was there and lucky for us he captured the glory in riveting detail in his book "Miracle on Grass." Tommy considers this his greatest accomplishment and did it for his beloved country. Tommy wants to leave something behind to inspire kids. He came from humble beginnings, but always believed he could accomplish anything he set his mind to. That's the message and we're going to make this movie for Tommy!"

MIRACLE ON GRASS tells the true story of how this unknown squad of American minor leaguers stunned the international baseball powerhouse from Cuba. In his account of this incredible true story, Fanucchi gives readers a behind the scenes look at how Lasorda persuaded management into giving him the opportunity to coach the team; how the Major League Baseball executives in charge of this operation for the United States went about selecting the players; how the Americans narrowly qualified for the Olympics during a gut-wrenching game; and how capturing the gold medal in Sydney changed the lives of every player, coach and administrator involved.

Told with warmth and an uncanny eye for detail, MIRACLE ON GRASS is an intimate, perceptive portrayal of three incredible weeks in Australia and a story that appeals to American pride. It features the wisdom and determination of one legendary manager, and the heart, guts, and passion of several young baseball players on their attempt to win an Olympic gold medal, as they harness the power of the passion in your heart for family and country.

The USA Baseball organization is currently in the process of selecting the players that will come together in November, and compete in the qualifying tournament of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. "Our triumph in 2000 to win the Olympic Gold Medal remains the ultimate moment in the history of this organization," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "So to have the opportunity to work with Ted and Gritty Productions on telling that story to the world, is exciting. We look forward to assisting with a feature film production in any way that we can."

Fanucchi currently teaches Journalism at M.L. Wisdom High School in Houston, Texas.

For press inquiries and interview requests contact:
Ry Levey
Ryan Bruce Levey Film Distribution and PR Services
647-781-0818
rylevey@gmail.com

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USA Baseball Finalizes Premier12 Coaching Staff

Scott Brosius, Roly de Armas, Phil Plantier, Bryan Price, Willie Randolph and Ernie Young round out the staff
August 13, 2019

USA Baseball Premier12™ Manager Joe Girardi finalized the coaching staff for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™, the organization announced on Tuesday. Joining Girardi on the staff will be Scott Brosius (Bench Coach), Roly de Armas (Bullpen Coach), Phil Plantier (Hitting Coach), Bryan Price (Pitching Coach), Willie Randolph (Third Base Coach) and Ernie Young (First Base Coach).

The 2019 coaching staff is laden with international experience. Collectively, the staff boasts 21 years of playing and coaching experience with Team USA, winning seven gold medals. Additionally, Brosius and Randolph have previously been recognized by USA Baseball as its Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year, presented annually to the coach who expects excellence out of their players and strives for them to better themselves on and off the field.

The 2019 Premier12™ kick-starts the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying process for Team USA, who will also look to win its first-ever gold medal at the global baseball tournament after winning a silver medal in the inaugural event in 2015.

"I am pleased to introduce a tremendously talented group of coaches as our national team staff for the 2019 WBSC Premier12," said Girardi. "Each and every one of these coaches' reputations is first-class. They bring a foundation of knowledge to this staff that is unparalleled in its depth and experience, both domestically and internationally. More important than their individual successes, this is a collection of truly exemplary people who have dedicated their lives to the game of baseball and I am confident they will represent this team and our country proudly."

Brosius was named the USA Baseball Senior Director of Baseball Development earlier this year and will add another title as the bench coach for the 2019 squad. He is no stranger to coaching internationally after he served as the manager of the USA Baseball 18U National Team in both 2011 and 2012, where he managed Team USA to gold medals in both seasons, a world championship title and a combined 16-2 overall record. He was recognized as the 2011 and 2012 USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year, joining Davey Johnson (2005, 2006, 2007) as the only two national team managers to earn multiple Coach of the Year honors from USA Baseball.

Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1987 Amateur Draft, Brosius spent 11 years in the Major Leagues with the A's and the New York Yankees. Brosius was a part of three consecutive World Series championship teams with the Yankees from 1998-2000 and earned MVP honors in the 1998 World Series where he hit .471 with six RBIs and two home runs.

Returning as an assistant coach for the 10th time, de Armas will once again serve as the bullpen coach for Team USA this fall. His first experience with Team USA came in 2006 as an assistant coach for the Olympic Qualifying Team that finished its tournament with a 6-1 overall record and secured Team USA a spot in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. de Armas would return as a coach with USA Baseball again in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015, winning two World Cup gold medals (2007, 2009), two Pan-American Games silver medals (2011, 2015), one Premier12™ silver medal (2015) and an Olympic bronze medal (2008).

de Armas also spent time as a coach in the Major Leagues with the Chicago White Sox (1995-96) and Toronto Blue Jays (2000). In total, he has spent 31 seasons as a coach for several Major League Baseball organizations, including the Philadelphia Phillies, where he is currently the manager of the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

The current Scranton/Wilkes-Barr RailRiders hitting coach, Plantier, joins the USA Baseball national team staff in the same role for the first time in his career in 2019. Following a playing career that spanned eight seasons, he began his coaching career as a manager for the former Macon Music in 2007 and then spent the following four seasons as a hitting coach and manager in the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres Minor League systems. Plantier was later named the hitting coach for the Padres in 2012 and served in that position for three seasons.

Price will also make his international coaching debut with USA Baseball this fall as the pitching coach for the 2019 Premier12 Team. His Major Leauge coaching career began in 2001 when he was named the pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners and would later be named the USA Today Baseball Weekly's Pitching Coach of the Year after leading the pitching staff to a 3.54 cumulative ERA. Price stayed in Seattle for six seasons before stops with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2007-2009) and Cincinnati Reds (2010-2013). In 2013, he was named the 61st manager in Reds history and managed the club in five Major League seasons from 2014-2018.

Manning the third base coach's box, Randolph returns to the Team USA coaching staff for the fourth time in his career and the first time since helping lead the U.S. to its first-ever gold medal at the World Baseball Classic in 2017. After first serving as an assistant coach in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, he was named the manager for the inaugural Premier12 tournament in 2015 and led the red, white and blue to a silver medal and earned USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year honors. Randolph is a baseball veteran with 18 years of playing experience and 16 years of coaching and managerial experience. A six-time All-Star, he won back-to-back World Series titles as a second baseman in 1977 and 1978 for the New York Yankees and managed the New York Mets to a National League East division title in 2006.

Olympic gold medalist Young has been named the first base coach for the 2019 Premier12 Team following an accomplished playing, coaching and professional career with Team USA spanning the last 20 years. A member of the gold medal-winning Sydney 2000 Olympic Games team, he also played on the Professional National Team again in 2003 before joining the USA Baseball Board of Directors. Young also served as a hitting coach for three national teams and managed the 2010 and 2011 Professional National Teams. While on a Team USA coaching staff, the red, white and blue amassed an overall record of 43-11-2 and won a world championship in 2009.

Team USA will open the 2019 WBSC Premier12™ against the Netherlands on Saturday, November 2, at 12 p.m. (CT) at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico. The U.S. will then face Mexico and the Dominican Republic on Sunday, November 3 (7 p.m. CT) and Monday, November 4 (7 p.m. CT), respectively.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the six-team Super Round in Japan, which will be hosted by Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) at Chiba's ZOZO Marine Stadium and the Tokyo Dome.

The top finisher from both the Americas territory and Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) will automatically qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, joining host-country Japan in the six-team Olympic tournament.

Team USA won a silver medal in the inaugural WBSC Premier12™ in 2015, finishing with a 5-3 overall record.

For more information on USA Baseball and the 2019 Premier12™ Team, follow @USABaseball on social media or visit USABaseball.com.

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Joe Girardi Named Team USA Premier12 Manager

Four-time World Series champion, USA Baseball alumnus to lead the U.S. into qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
August 7, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named Joe Girardi the manager for its 2019 Premier12™ team the organization announced on Wednesday. A four-time World Series champion as both a manager and a player with the New York Yankees, as well as an alumnus of the 1985 Collegiate National Team, Girardi will look to lead Team USA to a berth in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Currently serving as an analyst for MLB Network, Girardi will make his international coaching debut for Team USA in 2019.

Olympic qualifying will begin for Team USA with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) 2019 Premier12™ tournament from November 2-17. Team USA will open the tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will face the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands in the first round.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend Girardi's Team USA introductory conference call, scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, August 8. Media can dial 1-800-683-3678 to join the call.

"It is truly an honor to be named the manager for the USA Baseball Premier12 Team," said Girardi. "I was fortunate to wear this very special jersey as a player on the national team in 1985 and it is a privilege to be chosen to wear it once again as a manager. I look forward to leading Team USA as we strive for a gold medal and look to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games."

"On behalf of USA Baseball, I am thrilled to welcome Joe Girardi as the manager of the 2019 Premier12 team," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball. "Our goal from the beginning was to identify the right candidate to lead Team USA as we began the qualification process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and given Joe's impressive managerial resume in the Major League ranks, as well as his experience playing on a USA Baseball national team, he became an obvious choice to fulfill this role. We are confident we have put this team in the best hands possible and we look forward to competing on the international stage in November."

Girardi served as a Major League manager for 11 seasons, leading the Florida Marlins (2006) and the New York Yankees (2008-18) to a cumulative record of 988-794 (.544). He was named the 2006 National League Manager of the Year in his debut season at the helm of the Marlins and was later named the 32nd manager in franchise history for the New York Yankees in 2008. During his time in the Bronx, Girardi led the Yankees to a 910-710 (.562) record, six postseason appearances, three American League East titles (2010, 2015, 2017), one American League pennant (2009) and a World Series championship in 2009. His 910 victories in New York is good for the sixth-most wins by a manager in franchise history, and Girardi is one of just nine managers ever to manage a team to at least 95 wins in four or more consecutive seasons.

Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the fifth round of the 1986 June Amateur Draft out of Northwestern University, Girardi spent 15 years as a catcher in the Major Leagues for the Cubs (1989-92, 2000-02), Colorado Rockies (1993-95), New York Yankees (1996-99) and St. Louis Cardinals (2003). He won three World Series titles as a catcher with the Yankees in 1996, 1998 and 1999, and was named a National League All-Star in 2000. Girardi was also a member of the 1985 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, where he hit .310 with two doubles and two home runs in 25 games for the red, white and blue.

USA Baseball will announce the remaining members of the coaching staff for the 2019 team at a later date.

Team USA will open the 2019 WBSC Premier12™ against the Netherlands on Saturday, November 2, at 12 p.m. (CT) at Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico. The U.S. will then face Mexico and the Dominican Republic on Sunday, November 3 (7 p.m. CT) and Monday, November 4 (7 p.m. CT), respectively.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the six-team Super Round in Japan, which will be hosted by Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) at Chiba's ZOZO Marine Stadium and the Tokyo Dome.

The top finisher from both the Americas territory and Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) will automatically qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, joining host-country Japan in the six-team Olympic tournament.

Team USA won a silver medal in the inaugural WBSC Premier12™ in 2015, finishing with a 5-3 overall record.

For more information on USA Baseball and the 2019 Premier12™ Team, follow @USABaseball on social media or visit USABaseball.com.

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Twenty-Five USA Baseball Alumni in 2019 MLB All-Star Game

Six alumni will start in the 2019 edition of the midsummer classic
July 8, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - Twenty-five USA Baseball alumni have been named to the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters, the organization announced on Monday. Twelve members of the National League (NL) roster have played for Team USA and 13 of the American League (AL) All-Stars have suited up for the red, white and blue.

Three alumni will start the game in the field for both the AL and NL All-Star teams. Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies), Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves) and Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers) will start for the NL, while Alex Bregman (Houston Astros), George Springer (Houston Astros) and Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) earned starting spots for the AL. 

Of the 25 alumni, 13 have won gold medals with Team USA and eight have represented the stars and stripes on multiple USA Baseball national teams. Bregman leads the way in both categories with appearances on five separate national teams and has won four gold medals.

In total, 13 alumni competed with the Collegiate National Team, seven suited up for the 18U National Team, four participated with the former 16U National Team, four represented the U.S. on the Professional National Team at a Pan-American Games or World Cup, and four played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).

The 2019 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on Fox.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni that appear on 2019 All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s):
Nolan Arenado; Colorado Rockies; 2017 World Baseball Classic 
Alex Bregman; Houston Astros; 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U, 2013-2014 Collegiate, 2017 World Baseball Classic
Kris Bryant; Chicago Cubs; 2012 Collegiate National Team
Walker Buehler; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2014 Collegiate National Team
Matt Chapman; Oakland Athletics; 2013 Collegiate National Team
Gerrit Cole; Houston Astros; 2009-2010 Collegiate National Team
David Dahl; Colorado Rockies; 2011 18U National Team 
Freddie Freeman; Atlanta Braves; 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18U
Joey Gallo; Texas Rangers; 2011 18U National Team 
Yasmani Grandal; Milwaukee Brewers; 2009 Collegiate National Team
Sonny Gray; Cincinnati Reds; 2009-2010 Collegiate National Team
Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
Clayton Kershaw; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 18U National Team
Francisco Lindor; Cleveland Indians; 2009 16U National Team, 2010 18U
James McCann; Detroit Tigers; 2011 Professional National Team
Austin Meadows; Tampa Bay Rays; 2011 16U National Team
Mike Minor; Texas Rangers; 2007-2008 Collegiate National Team
Mike Moustakas; Milwaukee Brewers; 2006 18U National Team, 2010 Professional
Anthony Rendon; Washington Nationals; 2010 Collegiate National Team
Max Scherzer; Washington Nationals; 2005 Collegiate National Team
George Springer; Houston Astros; 2010 Collegiate National Team
Marcus Stroman; Toronto Blue Jays; 2011 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic
Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional 
Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team
Christian Yelich; Milwaukee Brewers 2017 World Baseball Classic

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Revisit Team USA's No. 1 Overall Picks

May 31, 2019

Revisit USA Baseball and its history with number one overall picks in the MLB draft dating back to 1972. Over the past 47 years, there have been a total of 33 USA Baseball alums that were selected as the number one overall pick in the MLB Draft. This is a list of those athletes and their achievements in both their amatuer and professional careers.

2018 - Casey Mize

Casey Mize (pictured) played on the 2017 Collegiate National Team. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2018 and recently threw a no-hitter for the Tigers AA affiliate, the Erie SeaWolves.

2017 - Royce Lewis

Royce Lewis played on the 2014 15U National Team and 2016 18U National Team. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2017 and is currently playing for the Twins A affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle.

2016 - Mickey Moniak

Mickey Moniak played for the 2013 15U National Team and 2015 18U National Team. He was drafted in 2016 by the Philadelphia Phillies and is currently playing for the Phillies AA affiliate, the Reading Fightin Phils.

2015 - Dansby Swanson

Dansby Swanson played for the 2014 Collegiate National Team. Swanson made his MLB debut in 2016 and is now the starting shortstop for the Atlanta Braves.

2014 - Brady Aiken

Brady Aiken played for the 2010 14U National Team and the 2013 18U National Team. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2014 and is currently playing for the Cleveland Indians single A affiliate, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

2013 - Mark Appel

Mark Appel was on the 2011 Collegiate National Team. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2013. He last played for the Philidelphia Phillies AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs

2011 - Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole played for the 2009 and 2010 Collegiate National Teams. Cole was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011. He made his MLB debut in 2013 and was traded to the Houston Astros in 2018. Cole and is a two-time All-Star.

2010 - Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper was on the 2008 16U National Team and 2009 18U National Team. Harper was drafted by the Washington Nationals and has had an impactful career in the MLB thus far, earning the NL Rookie of the Year (2012), NL MVP (2015), Silver Slugger winner (2015) and is a six-time All-Star. He is currently playing for the Philadelphia Phillies.


2000-2009

2009 - Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg played for the 2008 Collegiate National Team and 2008 Olympic Team. Strasburg was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2009. He is a three-time All-Star, NL Strikeout Leader (2014) and is in the 10th season of his career and is still pitching for the Nationals.

2007 - David Price

David Price played for the 2005 and 2006 Collegiate National Teams. Price was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2007. He is a six-time All-Star, AL Cy Young Award winner (2012), MLB Strikeout leader (2014) and World Series Champion (2018). He is currently in the 12th season of his career and plays for the Boston Red Sox.

2006 - Luke Hochevar

Luke Hochevar was a part of the 2004 Collegiate National Team. He led the team in innings pitched (33.0), was second in strikeouts (38) and had a 2.73 ERA. Hochevar was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2006. He played his entire career with the Royals and helped them win a World Series in 2015.

2005 - Justin Upton

Justin Upton was a member of the 2004 18U National Team. He led the 18U Team in home runs (10) and was second in batting average (.417). Upton was drafted by the 2005 Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005, is a four-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger Award winner and is in the 12th season of his career with the Los Angeles Angels.

2004 - Matt Bush

Matt Bush played for the 2002 16U National Team and 2003 18U National Team. Bush was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2004 and was in the MLB for 3 seasons.

2003 - Delmon Young

Delmon Young played for the 2000 16U National Team and 2002 18U National Team. Young was drafted in 2003 by the Tampa Bay Rays, spent 9 seasons in the MLB and won the ALCS MVP in 2012.

2002 - Bryan Bullington

Bryan Bullington was a member of the 2001 Collegiate National Team. He was drafted in 2002 by the Pittsburgh Pirates and spent five seasons in the MLB before heading over to Japan to play in the Nippon Professional Baseball League.

2001 - Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer (pictured) was a part of the 1999 and 2000 18U National Team. He also played for the 2003 and 2013 Professional National Team. Mauer was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2001. He is a six-time All-Star, AL MVP (2009) and the only catcher in MLB history to win three batting titles.


1990-1999

1998 - Pat Burrell

Pat Burrell was a member of the 1997 Collegiate National Team and led the team in home runs (12) and RBIs (42). He was drafted in 1998 by the Philadelphia Phillies and spent 11 years in the majors, winning two World Series, one with the Phillies (2008) and the other with the San Francisco Giants (2010). 

1997 - Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson was a member of the 1995 Collegiate National Team that won a gold medal at the National Baseball Conference World Series. Anderson was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1997 and spent seven seasons in the majors. 

1996 - Kris Benson

Kris Benson played for the 1996 Collegiate National Team and the 1996 Olympic Team. Benson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates the same year. He played in the MLB for 11 seasons and for five different organizations.

1994 - Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson played for the 1993 Collegiate National Team and was drafted by the New York Mets in 1994. The RHP had a seven-season career in the MLB with the New York Mets, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Cincinnati Reds.

1993 - Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez (pictured) was a member of the 1992 18U National Team and the 2006 Professional National Team. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1993. Rodriguez spent a total of 22 seasons in the MLB and is a 14-time All-Star, three-time AL MVP and World Series Champion (2009).

1992 - Phil Nevin

Paul Nevin was a three-time member of the Collegiate National Team, playing in 1990, 1991 and 1992. Nevin won the Golden Spikes Award in 1992 and was drafted by the Houston Astros the same year. He played in the MLB for 12 seasons and was an All-Star in 2001.

1990 - Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones is one of two players to play for USA Baseball after being drafted. He played for the 2006 and 2009 Professional National Team. Jones was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1990 and is an 8-time All-Star, World Series Champion (1995), NL MVP (1999) and inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (2018).


1980-1989

1989 - Ben McDonald

Ben McDonald played for the 1988 Collegiate National Team and the 1988 Professional National Team that won an Olympic gold medal. McDonald won the Golden Spikes Award in 1989 and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles the same year. He enjoyed a 8-year career in the MLB.

1988 - Andy Benes

Andy Benes also played for the 1988 Collegiate National Team and the 1988 Professional National Team that won an Olympic gold medal. Benes was drafted by the San Diego Padres in '88, had a 13-year career in the majors and threw out the first ever pitch for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

1987 - Ken Griffey Jr. 

Ken Griffey Jr. (pictured) is one of two players to play for USA Baseball after being drafted. Griffey Jr. was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1987 and was a member of the 2006 Professional National Team that competed in the World Baseball Classic that year. He is a 13-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame (2016).

1986 - Jeff King

Jeff King played for the 1985 Collegiate National Team and led the team with a .378 batting average and 53 hits over 33 games. King was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986, played in the majors for 10 seasons and is one of five players to hit two home runs in one inning.

1985 - BJ Surhoff

BJ Surhoff played for the 1983 and 1984 Collegiate National Teams, as well as the 1984 Olympic Team that won a silver medal. Surhoff went on to be drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1985. He played every position but pitcher during his 18-year career. 

1983 - Tim Belcher

Tim Belcher played for the 1983 Collegiate National Team and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins the same year. Belcher enjoyed a 14-year career in the MLB and was The Sporting News Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1988.

1981 - Mike Moore

Mike Moore was a member of the 1980 Collegiate National Team that went 5-1 over a six-game stretch against Japan. Moore was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1981 but eventually pitched for the Oakland Athletics, who went on to win the 1989 World Series in a four-game sweep over the San Francisco Giants.


1970-1979

1978 - Bob Horner

Bob Horner (pictured) played for the 1976 Collegiate National Team and won the Golden Spikes Award in 1978. He went on to be drafted by the Atlanta Braves that same year. Horner had a 10-season career in the majors and was a rare talent that never spent a day in the minor leagues.

1976 - Floyd Bannister

Floyd Bannister played for the 1975 Collegiate National Team and was the second alum to be selected number one overall. Bannister was selected by the Houston Astros and ended up playing for six major league teams over a 15-season career.

1972 - Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts was a member of the 1970 Collegiate National Team and was the first ever USA Baseball alum to be picked number one overall in 1972. Roberts played in the MLB for 10 seasons.

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Six Things to Know About Marcus Stroman

In honor of No. 6's birthday, here are six fun facts about the high-energy pitcher.
May 1, 2019

1. He is a two-time USA Baseball alum.

Stroman started with Team USA as a member of the 2011 Collegiate National Team. That summer, he recorded a 0.00 ERA in seven appearances, giving up zero hits, zero earned runs and one walk while striking out 17. Later, he was a member of the 2017 World Baseball Classic team that won gold. The team secured its first-ever World Baseball Classic title behind his dominant performance in the championship game where he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against then-defending champion Puerto Rico. He was also named MVP of the event.

 

2. He was drafted by the Blue Jays with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft out of Duke University.

The selection made Stroman the first-ever Duke player to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft. He still holds the Blue Devil record for career strikeouts (290 in 222 innings pitched.

3. His jersey number carries special meaning.

Stroman wears No. 6 on his jersey to honor his grandmother, whose birthday falls on March 6.

4. He's a successful entrepreneur.

He owns his own clothing line called HDMH Apparel, which stands for "Height Doesn't Measure Heart." The mantra has inspired the 5'9" pitcher since early on in his career. But that's not all, Stroman is not only the owner and founder of HDMH Apparel, but he also designs a lot of the clothing line's gear - including the uniform for his brother's baseball team.

 

5. He's a proud dad.

Dog dad, that is. On February 11, 2019, Stroman brought home the newest addition to his family: an adorable Boxer puppy named Shugo.

 

6. He's not the only one in his family with an affinity for America's pastime.

Stroman's younger brother, Jayden, has also shown off his baseball chops in recent years, including participating in the 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series. Jayden was one of 12 participants invited to the 2019 12U National Team Trials and Stroman is one proud big brother.

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Team USA to Open WBSC Premier12 in Jalisco, Mexico

February 14, 2019

MEXICO CITY -- The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced the locations and groups for the II WBSC Premier12™ on Wednesday at a press conference in Mexico City. The Premier12 is the top international baseball competition in 2019 and will serve as the first qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The II WBSC Premier12™ will take place from November 2-17. Visit premier12.wbsc.org/2019, the official tournament website, for more information. The website is available in six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

Team USA-currently ranked No. 2 in the WBSC World Baseball Rankings-is in Group A of the tournament and will open the Premier12™ in Jalisco, Mexico. Joining Team USA in Group A is host-country Mexico (No. 6), Netherlands (No. 8) and the Dominican Republic (No. 12). All Group A games will be played at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco.

The opening round schedule for Team USA is as follows:

November 2: USA vs. The Netherlands (12 p.m. CT)
November 3: USA vs. Mexico (7 p.m. CT)
November 4: USA vs. Dominican Republic (7 p.m. CT)

The top two teams from each group will advance to the six-team Super Round, which will be hosted by Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league and games will be played at ZOZO Marine Stadium (Chiba, Japan) and the Tokyo Dome (Tokyo, Japan). The championship game will also be played in the Tokyo Dome.

The top finisher from both the Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) and the Americas territory will automatically qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, joining host-country Japan in the six-team Olympic tournament.

Team USA won a silver medal in the inaugural WBSC Premier12™ in 2015, finishing with a 7-3 overall record.

Group A (Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco, Mexico)
United States (No. 2)
Mexico (No. 6)
Netherlands (No. 8)
Dominican Republic (No. 12)

Group B (Taichung Intercontinental Stadium, Taiwan)
Japan (No. 1)
Chinese Taipei (No. 4)
Venezuela (No. 9)
Puerto Rico (No. 11)

Group C (Gocheok Sky Dome, Korea)
Korea (No. 3)
Cuba (No. 5)
Australia (No. 7)
Canada (No. 10)

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USA Baseball Issues Statement Following the Passing of Frank Robinson

Hall of Fame outfielder and 2003 Professional National Team manager was 83
February 7, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler released the following statement mourning the passing of Hall of Famer and Professional National Team Manager Frank Robinson.

He passed away on Thursday, February 7 in Southern California at the age of 83.

"Frank's legacy and impact across every facet of our sport is indisputable. USA Baseball is fortunate and honored to call him an alumnus of our organization, and we join the rest of the baseball world in mourning the passing of this legendary athlete, coach and person. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Robinson family during this time."

Robinson made his Major League debut in 1956 for the Cincinnati Reds, kickstarting what would become a legendary 21-year playing career. After earning Rookie of the Year honors in his first season, he went on to be named an All-Star 14 times, won the Triple Crown in 1966, won two World Series titles with the Baltimore Orioles, earned All-Star Game and World Series MVP honors, and is presently the only player to win the MVP award in both the American and National leagues.

Following his playing career, Robinson became the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball history when the Cleveland Indians hired him in 1975. He led the Baltimore Orioles, Indians, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals to a cumulative 1065-1176 record over his 16 seasons as a manager and was honored as the AL Manager of the Year in 1989 while with the Orioles. Robinson also served as the manager for the USA Baseball Professional National Team in 2003. 

Robinson was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. 

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