BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, working in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the College Baseball Foundation, has released the list of 25 semifinalists for the 2010 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball.
The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on two rounds of national voting. Three 2010 finalists will be announced just prior to the first game of the College World Series with a press conference slated for Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. (CDT) at Rosenblatt Stadium. The winner will be named in a national broadcast from Lubbock, Texas, on Friday, July 2.
The CBB continues our countdown for the 2010 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today with number 60 in our countdown with St. Mary’s sophomore infielder Troy Channing. He is from Pleasanton California where he attended Foothill High School where he picked up four letters. He had a monster senior season which saw him hit .475 going 29-for-61, knocking in 25 runs and scoring 28 runs. In his 29 hits, he had 16 which went for extra bases with five doubles, four triples and seven homers. He was named First Team All-East Bay, First Team All-League, and team MVP after that monster season. The Seattle Mariners selected him in the 40th round but he decided to continue his baseball career with St. Mary’s.
Legendary FSU player/coach and Kansas City Royals manager Dick Howser was honored by the Royals in a ceremony on Friday evening before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Royals gave out bobbleheads to the first 20,000 fans while letting one of his twin daughters in Jana Howser throw out the first pitch. The NCBWA honors Howser by naming their Player of the Year Award after him which was won by Stephen Strasburg this season.
FROM PRESS RELEASE
LUBBOCK, Texas—San Diego State’s dominant right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg is the recipient of the 23rd annual Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball’s player of the year. The presentation was made Thursday for the first time In Lubbock, Texas as part of the festivities to recognize and induct the College Baseball Hall of Fame and the awarding of several other national honors for 2009. Continue reading
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
OMAHA, Neb. – North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley, Arizona State pitcher Mike Leake and San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg have been named as finalists for the 2009 Dick Howser Trophy in balloting by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and in conjunction with the College Baseball Foundation, the Dick Howser Trophy committee and the St Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
The winner of the Howser Trophy will be announced in Lubbock, Texas, on July 2, during the inaugural College Baseball Awards Show, held at the United Spirit Arena and shown on MLB.com. The nationally broadcasted event will be followed by the College Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 3 in Lubbock.