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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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Nineteen USA Baseball Alumni in 2018 MLB All-Star Game

Eleven past members of Collegiate National Team appear on rosters
July 13, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - Nineteen USA Baseball alumni have been named to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters, the organization announced on Friday. Ten members of the National Team (NL) roster have suited up for the red, white and blue, while nine of the American League (AL) All-Stars played for Team USA.

Four alumni will start the game in the field for the NL, including Nolan Arenado, Brandon Crawford, Freddie Freeman and Bryce Harper. In addition, alums Manny Machado and Mike Trout are among the AL's nine starting position players.

Of the 19 alumni, twelve have won gold medals with Team USA and eight have represented the stars and stripes on multiple USA Baseball national teams. Alex Bregman leads the way in both categories with appearances on five separate national teams and four gold medals.

In total, 11 alumni competed with the Collegiate National Team, seven played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), six suited up for the 18U National Team, four participated with the 16U National Team and two represented the U.S. on the Professional National Team.

The 2018 MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 17, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni that appear on 2018 All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s):
Nolan Arenado; Colorado Rockies; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Trevor Bauer; Cleveland Indians; 2009 Collegiate National Team
Alex Bregman; Houston Astros; 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Gerrit Cole; Houston Astros; 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
Brandon Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Sean Doolittle; Washington Nationals; 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Teams
Freddie Freeman; Atlanta Braves; 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18 National Team
Paul Goldschmidt; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
Bryce Harper; Washington Nationals; 2008 16U National Team, 2009 18U National Team
Craig Kimbrel; Boston Red Sox; 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Francisco Lindor; Cleveland Indians; 2009 16U National Team, 2010 18U National Team
Manny Machado; Baltimore Orioles; 2009 18U National Team
Buster Posey; San Francisco Giants; 2004 18U National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Max Scherzer; Washington Nationals; 2005 Collegiate National Team
George Springer; Houston Astros; 2010 Collegiate National Team
Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team
Christian Yelich; Milwaukee Brewers; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team

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USA Baseball Ranked Number One In Latest WBSC Baseball World Rankings

USA Baseball sits atop the baseball world rankings for the first time since 2014
February 22, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball has reclaimed the top spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball World Rankings as announced today by the WBSC. Following a 2017 season in which Team USA swept its international competitions at the 12U, 15U, 18U, Collegiate and Professional levels, the U.S. is ranked number one for the first time since 2014.

"To be recognized by the WBSC as the preeminent baseball program in the world is a testament to all of the hard work that our athletes, coaches and USA Baseball staff have put in to our national team programs," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "Our organization has celebrated unprecedented success in the past few years and we will continue to build on those achievements as we reach toward new heights."

The WBSC Baseball World Rankings weigh a country's National Team performance - from U-12 to Professional - in WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017, setting a record for most annual Baseball World Ranking points amassed with 2,127. The U.S. swept 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.

Since 2015, USA Baseball has won five world championships, including being the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion, as well as the reigning world champions at the 12U and 18U age levels. In total, the U.S. has medaled in all 11 international tournaments it has participated in since 2015, winning seven gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze.

Additionally, the Collegiate National Team has won six of eight international friendship series against Chinese Taipei (2-0-1), Cuba (3-0) and Japan (1-1) in that time frame, including winning the 5th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba - the first-ever series victory on Cuban soil in USA Baseball history.

The USA Baseball Women's National Team - currently ranked number three in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Rankings - has also won two gold medals since 2015, highlighted by an 11-3 victory over Canada in the finals of the 2015 Pan American Games.

To see the full WBSC Baseball World Rankings, visit www.WBSC.org.

World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball World Rankings (1-12):
1. USA
2. Japan
3. Korea
4. Cuba
5. Mexico
6. Chinese Taipei
7. Canada
8. Australia
9. Netherlands
10. Puerto Rico
11. Venezuela
12. Dominican Republic

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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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Eighty-Five USA Baseball Alumni in 2017 MLB Postseason

October 3, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - Eighty-five Team USA alumni have made the Major League Baseball Postseason with their respective clubs in 2017, USA Baseball announced on Tuesday.

All ten teams that have made the 2017 postseason have at least five alumni on their rosters; seven boast eight or more and four have at least 10 players that have represented the red, white and blue.

The Washington Nationals lead the way with 14 alumni, while the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros rosters all feature 10 alums. The Dodgers are close behind with nine and the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks both have eight.

Of the 85 alumni, 46 are gold medalists, 22 took home silver and eight secured bronze for the stars and stripes, including 12 that won gold at the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC) and three from the bronze medal-winning 2008 Olympic team.

In addition, 20 of the players have represented the U.S. on multiple teams with seven-time alum Albert Almora and five-time alum Alex Bregman having competed on the most USA Baseball squads.

The postseason starts Tuesday, October 3, with the American League Wild Card game between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees at 8 p.m. ET.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni, by Major League Club, who appear on 2017 MLB Postseason rosters is as follows:

Arizona Diamondbacks (8):
Jake Barrett - 2008 18U National Team, 2015 Professional National Team
Daniel Descalso - 2009 Professional National Team
Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
David Hernandez - 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Chris Iannetta - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Jeff Mathis - 2005 Professional National Team
A.J. Pollock - 2011 Professional National Team
Robbie Ray - 2009 18U National Team

Boston Red Sox (10):
Matt Barnes - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Jackie Bradley Jr. - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Joe Kelly - 2007 Collegiate National Team
Craig Kimbrel - 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Deven Marrero - 2011 Collegiate National Team
Dustin Pedroia - 2002 & 2003 Collegiate National Teams, 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Drew Pomeranz - 2009 Collegiate National Team
David Price - 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Teams
Blake Swihart - 2010 18U National Team
Sam Travis - 2013 Collegiate National Team

Chicago Cubs (10):
Albert Almora - 2007 & 2008 14U National Teams, 2009 & 2010 16U National Teams, 2010 & 2011 18U National Teams, 2015 Professional National Team
Jake Arrieta - 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Kris Bryant - 2012 Collegiate National Team
Brian Duensing - 2007 Professional National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Jon Jay - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Dillon Maples - 2010 18U National Team
Mike Montgomery - 2010 Professional National Team
Addison Russell - 2011 Collegiate National Team
Kyle Schwarber - 2013 Collegiate National Team
Ben Zobrist - 2005 Professional Team, 2013 World Baseball Classic Team

Cleveland Indians (6):
Trevor Bauer - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Francisco Lindor - 2009 16U National Team, 2010 18U National Team
Austin Jackson - 2002 16U National Team
Andrew Miller - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Tyler Naquin - 2011 Collegiate National Team
Bradley Zimmer - 2013 Collegiate National Team

Colorado Rockies (8):
Tyler Anderson - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Nolan Arenado - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Chad Bettis - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Jonathan Lucroy - 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
Jake McGee - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Pat Neshek - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Mark Reynolds - 2006 Professional National Team
Tony Wolters - 2008 16U National Team, 2009 & 2010 18U National Teams

Houston Astros (10):
Alex Bregman - 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Tyler Clippard - 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
Max Stassi - 2006 & 2007 16U National Teams, 2008 18U National Team
Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate National Team

Los Angeles Dodgers (9):
Walker Buehler - 2014 Collegiate National Team
Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Curtis Granderson - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Kyle Farmer - 2012 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
Alex Verdugo - 2010 14U National Team

Minnesota Twins (5):
Jason Castro - 2009 Professional National Team
Kyle Gibson - 2008 Collegiate National Team
Robbie Grossman - 2007 18U National Team
Joe Mauer - 2000 18U National Team, 2003 Professional National Team, 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Glen Perkins - 2013 World Baseball Classic Team

New York Yankees (6):
Dellin Betances - 2005 18U National Team
Todd Frazier - 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2010 Professional National Team
Sonny Gray - 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
Matt Holliday - 1997 18U National Team, 2003 & 2006 Professional National Teams
Erik Kratz - 2010 Professional National Team
David Robertson - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team

Washington Nationals (14):
A.J. Cole - 2007 16U National Team
Sean Doolittle - 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Team
Gio Gonzalez - 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Bryce Harper - 2008 16U National Team, 2009 18U National Team
Howie Kendrick - 2005 Professional National Team
Ryan Madson - 2003 Professional National Team
Daniel Murphy - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Anthony Rendon - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Tanner Roark - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Max Scherzer - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Stephen Strasburg - 2008 Collegiate National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Trea Turner - 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Team
Matt Wieters - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Ryan Zimmerman - 2004 Collegiate National Team

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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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