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Golden Spikes Award moved to MLB Network; 60 Man Watch List

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DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Tuesday that it is moving the presentation of the 34th annual Golden Spikes Award (GSA) to a live announcement on MLB Network’s MLB Tonight. Since 2008, the presentation has streamed live online at MLB.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.

The award presentation will air live at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Tonight on Friday, July 15. The three finalists for the award will be at MLB Network’s studios for the presentation, which will feature interviews, video highlights and ultimately the announcement of the winner of the GSA, which is presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.

“We are very excited to announce the move of the Golden Spikes Award to MLB Network,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “We look forward to building upon the strong presence our friends at Major League Baseball Advanced Media have created for us online over the last three years, and we are excited to bring it to MLB Network’s signature program, MLB Tonight.”

Beginning with Florida State’s Buster Posey in New York in 2008, through a partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), USA Baseball created GoldenSpikesAward.com and streamed its annual presentations online, live from MLB All-Star FanFest. Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State won the award in 2009 in St. Louis, and most recently, Bryce Harper of Southern Nevada took home the trophy from Anaheim in 2010.

The inaugural GSA was presented in 1978 to Arizona State’s Bob Horner. It has since been awarded to 32 other legends of amateur baseball, including Terry Francona (1980), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), and David Price (2007).

Also announced Tuesday was the release of the GSA midseason 60-man watch list. USA Baseball kicked off GSA season in 2011 with a 50-player preseason watch list on Feb. 17, and the midseason list includes 23 new athletes who have played themselves into consideration for the award, while 13 players have been removed. The watch list will continue to be a “rolling list” up until May 31 when 30 semifinalists are announced. This will ensure that athletes can still play themselves into consideration over the course of the month of May.

The 60-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list is as follows:

Name, Position, Class, School, Conference (in order of name, new players in bold)

Daniel Aldrich, OF, RS-Freshman, College of Charleston, SoCon

James Allen, RHP, Junior, Kansas State, Big 12

Tyler Anderson, LHP, Junior, Oregon, Pac-10

Matt Barnes, RHP, Junior, Connecticut, Big East

Trevor Bauer, RHP, Junior, UCLA, Pac-10

Jed Bradley, LHP, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC

Adam Bryant, IF, Senior, Troy, Sun Belt

Garrett Buechele, IF, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12

Andrew Chafin, LHP, RS-Sophomore, Kent State, MAC

Gerrit Cole, RHP, Junior, UCLA, Pac-10

C.J. Cron, C, Junior, Utah, Mountain West

Alex Dickerson, OF, Junior, Indiana, Big Ten

Kenny Diekroeger, IF, Sophomore, Stanford, Pac-10

Jason Esposito, IF, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC

Sam Gaviglio, RHP, Junior, Oregon State, Pac-10

Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Junior, Florida State, ACC

Greg Gonzalez, RHP, Senior, Fresno State, WAC

Sonny Gray, RHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC

Kurt Heyer, RHP, Sophomore, Arizona, Pac-10

Paul Hoilman, RHP/IF, Senior, East Tennessee State, Atlantic Sun

Danny Hultzen, LHP/IF, Junior, Virginia, ACC

Brian Johnson, LHP/IF, Sophomore, Florida, SEC

Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Junior, Texas, Big 12

Branden Kline, RHP, Sophomore, Virginia, ACC

Jake Lowery, C, Junior, James Madison, CAA

Mikie Mahtook, OF, Junior, Louisiana State, SEC

Deven Marrero, IF, Sophomore, Arizona State, Pac-10

Cody Martin, RHP, Senior, Gonzaga, WCC

Nick Martini, OF, Junior, Kansas State, Big 12

Mike McGee, RHP/OF, Senior, Florida State, ACC

Anthony Meo, RHP, Junior, Coastal Carolina, Big South

Levi Michael, IF, Junior, North Carolina, ACC

Brad Miller, IF, Junior, Clemson, ACC

Peter O’Brien, C, Junior, Bethune-Cookman, MEAC

Ricky Oropesa, IF, Junior, Southern California, Pac-10

Mark Pope, RHP, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC

Matt Price, RHP, RS Sophomore, South Carolina, SEC

Nick Ramirez, IF/LHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West

Noe Ramirez, RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West

Hudson Randall, RHP, Sophomore, Florida, SEC

Tyler Ray, RHP, Junior, Troy, Sun Belt

Anthony Rendon, IF, Junior, Rice, C-USA

Matt Rice, C, Senior, Western Kentucky, Sun Belt

Nick Rickles, C, Junior, Stetson, Atlantic Sun

Brance Rivera, OF, Junior, Texas Christian, Mountain West

Victor Roache, OF, Sophmore, Georgia Southern, SoCon

Michael Rocha, RHP, Senior, Oklahoma, Big 12

Michael Roth, LHP, Junior, South Carolina, SEC

George Springer, OF, Junior, Connecticut, Big East

John Stilson, RHP/IF, Junior, Texas A&M, Big 12

Nick Tropeano, RHP, Junior, Stony Brook, America East

Preston Tucker, IF, Junior, Florida, SEC

B.A. Vollmuth, IF, Junior, Southern Mississippi, C-USA

Adam Brett Walker, OF, Sophomore, Jacksonville, Atlantic Sun

Christian Walker, 1B, Sophomore, South Carolina, SEC

Aaron Westlake, IF/C, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC

Kyle Winkler, RHP, Junior, Texas Christian, Mountain West

Kolten Wong, IF, Junior, Hawaii, WAC

Ryan Wright, IF, Junior, Louisville, Big East

Chad Zurcher, SS, RS-Junior, Memphis, C-USA

On May 31, USA Baseball officials will announce the 30 semifinalists for the GSA. The list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of select professional baseball personnel, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of nearly 200 voters in total.

Fan voting will once again be a part of the GSA in 2011. Tuesday, May 31, marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite player for the GSA on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 7, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.

2011 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Important Dates

* Thursday, Feb. 17 – 50-man preseason watch list released, shaped by USA Baseball officials, advisors and college SIDs
* Tuesday, May 3 – 60-man midseason watch list released, shaped by USA Baseball officials, advisors and college SIDs
* Tuesday, May 31 – 30 semifinalists announced, selected by USA Baseball officials; semifinalist voting begins; voters select three
* Friday, June 3 – Deadline to vote for finalists, 5 p.m. ET
* Tuesday, June 7 – Three finalists announced; finalist voting begins; voters to select one
* Friday, June 17 – Deadline to vote for winner, 5 p.m. ET
* Friday, July 15 – Live Golden Spikes Award presentation in MLB Network studios

About the Golden Spikes Award

Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2009 Golden Spikes Award winner was Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Stephen Strasburg (’09), Buster Posey (’08), David Price (’07), Tim Lincecum (’06), Alex Gordon (’05), Jered Weaver (’04), Rickie Weeks (’03), Khalil Greene (’02), Jason Jennings (’00), Pat Burrell (‘98), J.D. Drew (’97), Mark Kotsay (’95), and Jason Varitek (’94). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Robin Ventura (’88), Jim Abbott (’87), Will Clark (’85), Dave Magadan (’83), Terry Francona (’80), Tim Wallach (’79), and Bob Horner (’78). For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.

About MLB Network

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