USA Baseball

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USA Baseball
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Formation 1978
  • Durham, North Carolina
Official language
English (US)

USA Baseball was founded in 1978, and is the governing body for amateur baseball in the United States of America. It is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and organizes the United States national baseball team. In 2000, USA Baseball was named the USOC Team of the Year.

USA Baseball organizes various teams composed of High School, College, and Professional baseball players competing nationally and internationally.

In the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, baseball was a demonstration sport, but Team USA captured a silver and gold respectively. During the 1996 games in Atlanta, Georgia, the team won the bronze medal. In 2000, for the first time ever, the team was composed of minor league players. Guided by Tommy Lasorda, the team defeated two-time champion Cuba to capture the gold medal. However, the team failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics as they lost a qualifying tournament that saw them lose to Mexico in an elimination game during the quarter-final round.

The USA Baseball National Team is a made up of the top freshman and sophomore players of collegiate baseball. Each year the team embarks upon the Red, White and Blue Tour to play exhibition games against various teams in the United States, including an annual tour of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The tour also features traditional match-ups against Japan and Canada. The National Team featured many MLB players like Mark McGwire, Nomar Garciaparra, Troy Glaus, Mark Prior, Jason Giambi, and Adam Everett.

USA Baseball also fields the Junior National Team (18-under) and the Youth National Team (15-under). It also organizes the USA Baseball Championships and awards the Golden Spikes Award to the amateur baseball player of the year. Since 1998, USA Baseball has been selecting teams of Professional-level minor league players to represent the United States in various International competitions including the IBAF World Cup, IBAF Intercontinental Cup, Pan Am Games and Olympic Regional qualifying events. These players are hand selected by USA Baseball Directors from either affiliated MLB Minor League teams or Independent League teams.

Each June, USA Baseball sends at-large teams to the national all-stars tournament — the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars; its predecessor was the National Amateur All-Star Baseball Tournament (NAABT). The tournament features the top 16- to 18-year-old players from various baseball organizations, including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), American Legion, Babe Ruth Baseball, Dixie Baseball, National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF), PONY baseball, Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), and at-large teams from USA Baseball.[1]

The first USA Baseball women's national team was selected in 2004 to participate in the 2004 Women's World Series in Japan and in the 2004 Women's World Cup in Edmonton. The women's national team won the Silver Medal at the Women's World Series and brought home the Gold Medal from the 2004 *Women's World Cup. In 2006, the USA Baseball women's national team repeated as the Gold Medalist defeating Japan 13–11 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Team USA at the WBC[edit]

In June 2005, Major League Baseball announced the formation of the World Baseball Classic, a 16 nation international competition to be held in March 2006 for the first time. A month after this announcement, the IOC voted to eliminate baseball from the 2012 London Olympic games, leaving the WBC as the only international tournament to feature American professionals.

Member organizations[edit]

Player of the Year Award[edit]

USA Baseball annually awards the Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award, which was simply known as the "USA Baseball Player of the Year Award" until 2003.[2][3] It votes it every year to USA Baseball's top player.[2] The award is named after USA Baseball's past founding executive director and CEO.[2] Recent award winners have included pitcher Huston Street in 2003, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman in 2004, first baseman Ryan Shealy in 2005, catcher and first baseman J.P. Arencibia in 2006, second baseman Jayson Nix in 2007, pitcher Stephen Strasburg in 2008, first baseman Justin Smoak in 2009, shortstop Alex Bregman in 2010, outfielder Albert Almora in 2011, catcher Reese McGuire in 2012, pitcher Carlos Rodon in 2013, and outfielder Bruce Tarang in 2014.[2][4][5][6]

Professional Team[edit]

  1. Name Position B-T Ht. Wt. DOB

41 Jeremy Affeldt LHP L-L 6–4 230 6/6/1979

9 J.P. Arencibia C/1B R-R 6–0 205 1/5/1986

21 Heath Bell RHP R-R 6–2 260 9/29/1977

18 Willie Bloomquist IF/OF R-R 5–11 185 11/27/1977

33 Mitchell Boggs RHP R-R 6–4 215 2/15/1984

8 Ryan Braun OF R-R 6–1 200 11/17/1983

40 Steve Cishek RHP R-R 6–6 215 6/18/1986

55 Tim Collins LHP L-L 5–7 165 8/21/1989

48 Ross Detwiler LHP R-L 6–5 190 3/6/1986

43 R.A. Dickey RHP R-R 6–2 215 10/29/1974

47 Gio Gonzalez LHP R-L 6–0 200 9/19/1985

57 Luke Gregerson RHP L-R 6–3 200 5/14/1984

26 David Hernandez RHP R-R 6–3 230 5/13/1985

45 Derek Holland LHP S-L 6–2 195 10/9/1986

35 Eric Hosmer 1B L-L 6–4 220 10/24/1989

10 Adam Jones OF R-R 6–3 225 8/1/1985

46 Craig Kimbrel RHP R-R 5–11 205 5/28/1988

22 Jonathan Lucroy C/1B R-R 6–0 195 6/13/1986

7 Joe Mauer C/1B/DH L-R 6–5 230 4/19/1983

15 Glen Perkins LHP L-L 6–0 205 3/2/1983

52 Vinnie Pestano RHP R-R 6–0 200 2/20/1985

4 Brandon Phillips 2B R-R 6–0 200 6/28/1981

11 Jimmy Rollins SS S-R 5–8 180 11/27/1978

27 Giancarlo Stanton OF R-R 6–5 245 11/8/1989

50 Shane Victorino OF S-R 5–9 190 11/30/1980

32 Ryan Vogelsong RHP R-R 6–4 215 7/22/1977

5 David Wright 3B R-R 6–0 210 12/20/1982

12 Ben Zobrist IF/OF S-R 6–3 210 5/26/1981

2013 World Baseball Classic Team Coaches

  1. Name Position

6 Joe Torre Manager

28 Gerald Perry Batting Coach

31 Greg Maddux Pitching Coach

3 Dale Murphy First Base Coach

30 Willie Randolph Third Base Coach

1 Larry Bowa Bench Coach

53 Marcel Lachemann Coach

Collegiate National Team[edit]

18U National Team[edit]

15U National Team[edit]

12U National Team[edit]

National Team Development Programs[edit]

Woman's National Team[edit]

See also[edit]


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