USA Baseball was founded in 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 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 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), and at-large teams from USA Baseball.
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 1
- Member organizations 2
- Player of the Year Award 3
- Professional Team 4
- Collegiate National Team 5
- 18U National Team 6
- 15U National Team 7
- 12U National Team 8
- National Team Development Programs 9
- Woman's National Team 10
- See also 11
- Footnotes 12
- External links 13
Team USA at the WBC
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.
Player of the Year Award
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. It votes it every year to USA Baseball's top player. The award is named after USA Baseball's past founding executive director and CEO. 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.
- 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
- 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
18U National Team
15U National Team
12U National Team
National Team Development Programs
Woman's National Team
- American Women's Baseball Federation
- Amateur baseball in the United States
- Baseball awards#U.S. amateur baseball
- Baseball awards#U.S. college baseball
- Baseball awards#U.S. high-school baseball
- Baseball awards#U.S. youth baseball
- USOC Athlete of the Year (2000 Team of the Year: USA Baseball Olympic team)
- History of RBI. Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- "USABaseball.com: News: USA Baseball names year-end award winners". usabaseball.com.
- "USABaseball.com: News: USA Baseball Awards & Honors". usabaseball.com.
- "Reese McGuire Wins USA Baseball Player of the Year Award". BaseballAmerica.com.
- "Bregman named USA Baseball player of the year". FOX Sports.
- "USA Baseball names Alex Bregman, 16, player of the year". ESPN.com.
- USA Baseball official website
- World Baseball Classic