Golden Spikes Award

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Golden Spikes Award
The words "GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD" in gold on a brown polygonal background, with a pair of golden baseball spikes dangling from the last "S" in "Spikes".  Above the lettering reads "USA" in white colour.
Logo for the Golden Spikes Award
Awarded for Amateur baseball's best regular season player
Country United States
Presented by USA Baseball
First awarded 1978
Currently held by A. J. Reed, Kentucky
Official website Golden Spikes Award

The Golden Spikes Award is bestowed annually to the best amateur baseball player in the United States.[1] The award, created by USA Baseball and sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players Association, was first presented in 1978. It is given to an amateur player who best exhibits and combines "exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship."[2][3] The award is considered the most prestigious in amateur baseball.[4][5]

Ten winners of the Golden Spikes Award are members of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame,[6] including Bob Horner, the inaugural winner in 1978.[7] In that same year, he was the first overall MLB draft pick and proceeded to win the Rookie of the Year Award.[8][9][10] Seven Golden Spikes Award winners went on to become the first overall draft pick.[8] Only Horner achieved the Rookie of the Year Award in the same year (although Jason Jennings and Buster Posey were voted the top rookies of the National League several years after winning the Golden Spikes Award).[9] Jim Abbott, Jered Weaver and Tim Lincecum are the only award winners to pitch a no-hitter,[11] while Horner is the only one to hit four home runs in one game.[12] Furthermore, 16 players won the Dick Howser Trophy (considered to be the Heisman Trophy of college baseball)[13][14] alongside the Golden Spikes Award.[15] No player has won the award more than once.

The award has been presented annually at Studio 42 of the MLB Network since 2009.[3][16] The most recent recipient of the award is A. J. Reed of the University of Kentucky.[17] Although it can be given to any amateur player, the award has always been given to a college baseball player. In addition, only two winners were not attending NCAA Division I institutions when they won the award—junior college players Alex Fernández in 1990 and Bryce Harper in 2010.

Winners[edit]

Wearing a blue helmet and white jersey of the Atlanta Braves, Bob Horner clutches his bat with both hands
Bob Horner, who won the inaugural Golden Spikes Award in 1978, also received the Rookie of the Year Award and was the first overall MLB draft pick in the same year.
Jered Weaver, wearing a red baseball cap and grey baseball uniform with the words ANGELS across and an "A" patch on the right sleeve, delivers a pitch
Jered Weaver, the 2004 recipient, is one of three award winners to pitch a no-hitter.
Tim Lincecum, wearing a black baseball cap and grey baseball uniform with the words SAN FRANCISCO across, delivers a pitch
Tim Lincecum, the 2006 winner, received the Cy Young Award in 2008 and 2009.[18]
Key
Year Links to the article about the corresponding baseball year
Player Name of the player
Position The player's position at the time he won the award[a]
School The player's college when he won the award
Italics Player was the first overall MLB draft pick in the same year
^ Player won the Rookie of the Year Award[b]
§ Player also won the Dick Howser Trophy in the same year
dagger Member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame
footnote Player is active[c]
Winners
Year Player Position School Ref
1978 Horner, BobBob Hornerdagger^ Third baseman Arizona State [7]
1979 Wallach, TimTim Wallachdagger Third baseman Cal State Fullerton [7]
1980 Francona, TerryTerry Franconadagger First baseman Arizona [7]
1981 Fuentes, MikeMike Fuentes First baseman Florida State [20]
1982 Schmidt, AugieAugie Schmidt Shortstop New Orleans [7]
1983 Magadan, DaveDave Magadandagger Third baseman Alabama [7]
1984 McDowell, OddibeOddibe McDowelldagger Outfielder Arizona State [21]
1985 Clark, WillWill Clarkdagger First baseman Mississippi State [7]
1986 Loynd, MikeMike Loynd Pitcher Florida State [7]
1987 Abbott, JimJim Abbottdagger Pitcher Michigan [22]
1988 Ventura, RobinRobin Venturadagger§ Third baseman Oklahoma State [23]
1989 McDonald, BenBen McDonalddagger Pitcher LSU [24]
1990 Fernández, AlexAlex Fernández§ Pitcher Miami-Dade Community College [7]
1991 Kelly, MikeMike Kelly Outfielder Arizona State [7]
1992 Nevin, PhilPhil Nevin Third baseman Cal State Fullerton [7]
1993 Dreifort, DarrenDarren Dreifortdagger Pitcher Wichita State [7]
1994 Varitek, JasonJason Varitek§ Catcher Georgia Tech [25]
1995 Kotsay, MarkMark Kotsay Outfielder Cal State Fullerton [25]
1996 Lee, TravisTravis Lee First baseman San Diego State [26]
1997 Drew, J. D.J. D. Drew§ Outfielder Florida State [27]
1998 Burrell, PatPat Burrell Third baseman Miami (FL) [28]
1999 Jennings, JasonJason Jennings§^ Pitcher Baylor [25]
2000 Bouknight, KipKip Bouknight Pitcher South Carolina [25]
2001 Prior, MarkMark Prior§ Pitcher Southern California [29]
2002 Greene, KhalilKhalil Greene§ Shortstop Clemson [25]
2003 Weeks, RickieRickie Weeksdouble-dagger§ Second baseman Southern [25]
2004 Weaver, JeredJered Weaverdouble-dagger§ Pitcher Long Beach State [25]
2005 Gordon, AlexAlex Gordondouble-dagger§ Third baseman Nebraska [30]
2006 Lincecum, TimTim Lincecumdouble-dagger Pitcher Washington [31]
2007 Price, DavidDavid Pricedouble-dagger§ Pitcher Vanderbilt [32]
2008 Posey, BusterBuster Poseydouble-dagger§^ Catcher Florida State [33]
2009 Strasburg, StephenStephen Strasburgdouble-dagger§ Pitcher San Diego State [34]
2010 Harper, BryceBryce Harperdouble-dagger^ Catcher/Outfielder College of Southern Nevada [35]
2011 Bauer, TrevorTrevor Bauerdouble-dagger Pitcher UCLA [36]
2012 Zunino, MikeMike Zuninodouble-dagger§ Catcher Florida [3]
2013 Bryant, KrisKris Bryantdouble-dagger§ Third baseman San Diego [37]
2014 Reed, A. J.A. J. Reeddouble-dagger§ First baseman/Pitcher Kentucky [17]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This does not necessarily reflect the player's future position at Major League level. For example, Alex Gordon was originally a third baseman, but subsequently moved to left field in 2010.[19]
  2. ^ Won either in the same year or several years later.
  3. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References[edit]

General

Specific

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  2. ^ "The official site of the Golden Spikes Award – About the Golden Spikes Award". Golden Spikes Award. USA Baseball. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
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  4. ^ Berry, Adam (June 5, 2012). "Appel, Zunino among Golden Spikes finalists". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Huffman, Dane (June 5, 2012). "NC State pitcher a finalist for Golden Spikes Award". NBC17.com. NBC. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "College Baseball Hall of Fame – Hall of Famers". CollegeBaseballHall.com. College Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
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  9. ^ a b "Rookie of the Year Awards & Rolaids Relief Award Winners". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
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  12. ^ "National League; Horner Ties Mark with 4 Home Runs". New York Times. July 7, 1986. p. C4. 
  13. ^ "Houston pitcher Lincoln wins Howser Trophy". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. June 17, 2006. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
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  21. ^ "McDowell Given Golden Spikes Baseball Award". The Press-Courier (Oxnard, California). Associated Press. November 8, 1984. p. 16. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Michigan pitcher wins Golden Spikes Award". The Gainesville Sun. October 9, 1987. p. 3D. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Ventura wins Golden Spikes Award". The Telegraph (Nashua, New Hampshire). Associated Press. November 2, 1988. p. 17. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  24. ^ "McDonald selected Golden Spikes winner". The Times Daily (Florence, Alabama). November 10, 1989. p. 2B. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
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  27. ^ "Drew wins Golden Spikes Award". Star-News (Wilmington, North Carolina). Associated Press. November 12, 1997. p. 3C. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Burrell wins Golden Spikes Award". The Gainesville Sun. October 30, 1998. p. 2C. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Prior wins Golden Spikes Award". The Beaver County Times. December 11, 2001. p. B7. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
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  31. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (June 23, 2006). "Lincecum named Golden Spikes winner". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
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  33. ^ Hoch, Bryan (July 16, 2008). "Giants pick nabs Golden Spikes Award". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Strasburg garners another award". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. July 14, 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Harper wins Golden Spikes Award". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. July 13, 2010. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  36. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (July 15, 2011). "D-backs Draft pick Bauer wins Golden Spikes". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
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