The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is proud to be a presenting sponsor at the Urban Youth Academy Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Proud to be the Presenting Sponsor and supporting the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.

Thank you to our celebrity guests coming out to support the event and helping our youth pursue education, and leadership through baseball and softball.
Congratulations UYAC as you celebrate your 10th Anniversary this Saturday November 12th, 2016.
Thank you for your participation VIPs:
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The Rod Dedeaux Foundation Announces Second Annual Youth Clinic

PRESS RELEASE 

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation Announces Second Annual Youth Clinic 

Foundation Continues its Mission to Inspire and Educate Inner City Youth -

Los Angeles, June 28, 2016 – 

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation, in conjunction with  USA Baseball and its Collegiate National Team, will provide LA inner city youth with professional baseball training during its Annual Youth Baseball Clinic on June 30 at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Field, including a tribute to our Veteran’s and participation of youth baseball players of Veterans. 

This event will immediately precede the annual Dedeaux Foundation Awards Dinner, which will honor the Finalists and Winner of the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the USA Baseball Coach of the Year Willie Randolph and the Rod Dedeaux Award Recipient Ron Fairly. 

During the clinic, the foundation will deliver a message about the importance of academics, leadership and mentorship. In addition, kids will gain baseball experience through interactive baseball activities taught by top college and coaches and players, as well as professional legends. Kids will also enjoy lunch, music, autographs and taking pictures with athletes, including Team USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. 

“Aside from learning about baseball, kids will learn to apply what they’ve learned on the field about leadership into their academics and life,” said Executive Director of the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Brett Dedeaux. 

In conjunction with USA Baseball, the Rod Dedeaux Foundation is a partner and supporter of the Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the nation’s top collegiate player and aired on ESPN. Besides recognizing the country’s best amateur players, the award provides a goal for these young athletes to attain. 

The Youth Clinic began with Rod Dedeaux’ spirit of giving and his passion for baseball, 

“I was raised on a baseball, rather than a rattle. It’s a love, it’s a religion”, Coach Dedeaux once said. 

 

About The Rod Dedeaux Foundation 

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation was founded by the college Hall of Fame and former USA Olympic baseball coach to support youth baseball and softball programs in underserved areas. Through the efforts of partners, the Foundation helps support over 20,000 at-risk youths per year with valuable programs. Please visit http://dedeauxfoundation.org/take-action/ for more information. 

Contact: 

Antoine Ibrahim

The Dedeaux Foundation

1430 S. Eastman Ave. 

Los Angeles, CA 90023 

Antoine@dedeauxfoundation.org

http://dedeauxfoundation.org/take

USA Baseball Announces 2016 Golden Spikes Award Finalists

 The Golden Spikes Award will be presented live on SportsCenter on Thursday, June 30

 

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball unveiled on Monday the four finalists for the 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation.  2016 marks the 39th consecutive year the Golden Spikes Award has been awarded to the top amateur baseball player in the United States.

 

Of the 25 semifinalists that were voted on by a committee of over 200 voters, Seth Beer (Clemson), Kyle Lewis (Mercer), Corey Ray (Louisville), and Logan Shore (Florida) received the most votes and were named finalists for the award.

 

All three draft-eligible finalists were selected in the first 50 picks of the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on June 9.

 

Fans can continue to stay up to date on the Golden Spikes Award by visitingGoldenSpikesAward.com -- powered by MLBAM -- which serves as the online home for the award. The website features content devoted exclusively to the Golden Spikes Award, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries and photographs of the 2016 finalists.

 

In addition to becoming the first-ever freshman to win the ACC Player of the Year award, Clemson's Seth Beer was named National co-Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball. Beer led the Tigers with a .369 batting average, 18 home runs and 70 RBIs. He also recorded a 26-game hitting streak and ended the season riding a 60-game on-base streak. Beer was named a first-team All-America by Baseball America and will play for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team this summer.

 

Taken with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 Draft by the Seattle Mariners, Mercer's Kyle Lewis was named College Player of the Year by Baseball America. The outfielder batted .395 and belted 20 home runs on his way to being named Southern Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. The junior had a 48-game on-base streak and compiled 27 multi-hit performances in 2016, earning him first-team All-America honors from Louisville Slugger.

 

Louisville's Corey Ray was named to the All-ACC first team for the second straight season in 2016, powered by a .310 batting average, 15 home runs and 60 RBIs. Ray was the second alumnus in as many years from the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program and the joint USA Baseball and Major League Baseball Breakthrough Series to be selected in the first five picks of the MLB Draft when the Milwaukee Brewers selected him fifth overall in 2016.   He finished second in the nation in stolen bases with 44 and started all 62 games for Louisville, hitting at the top of the order. The junior's impressive numbers earned him a spot on Baseball America's All-America second team.

 

Recently named the 2016 SEC Pitcher of the Year, Logan Shore finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record for a Florida team that was ranked No. 1 for the majority of the year. Shore was also named to the All-SEC first team with a 2.24 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 100.1 innings pitched. The junior currently holds the program record with 17 consecutive wins and was named a first-team All-America by Baseball America. The Oakland Athletics drafted him with the 47thoverall pick.

 

The award presentation will air on ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter, for the third consecutive year, during the 7 p.m. EDT show. Following the announcement of the award on June 30, all four finalists will be celebrated at the Jonathan Club Los Angeles as part of the 2016 Rod Dedeaux Award Dinner. Hosted by the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the dinner will honor the Golden Spikes Award finalists, the Rod Dedeaux Award winner and the Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year award winner, Willie Randolph.

 

In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it follows the same model again in 2016. After working closely with sports information directors and amateur baseball media across the country to determine watch lists and the top-performing athletes, a list of 25 semifinalists was sent to the Golden Spikes Award voting committee last week. The four players that received the most votes advanced to the finalist round, and beginning today, the committee will have the opportunity to vote for the winner.

 

Fans will once again be able to vote for the 2016 award by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite finalist. Voting for fans and the voting body ends at 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 24.

 

 

About 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 2015 Golden Spikes Award winner was Andrew Benintendi of the University of Arkansas.  Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Kris Bryant ('13), Mike Zunino ('12), Trevor Bauer ('11), Bryce Harper ('10), Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06), Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04), Rickie Weeks ('03) and Mark Kotsay ('95). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell ('98), Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Horner ('78).  For more information, please visitGoldenSpikesAward.com.  Fans can follow the Golden Spikes Award on Twitter @USAGoldenSpikes.

 

About USA Baseball

USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.  The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives including PLAYBALL and Pitch Smart.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit the organization's official websites: USABaseball.com,PLAYBALL.orgPitchSmart.orgGoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseballShop.com.

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation annual awards dinner to be held June 30th in downtown Los Angeles.

On June 30th The Rod Dedeaux Foundation will host the annual Dedeaux Awards Dinner where baseball celebrities such as Ryne Sandberg, Tom Lasorda, Steve Garvey, Fred Lynn, Willie Randolph, Ron Fairly, and more will be on hand as The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award is presented to the nation's top amateur baseball player. Corporate tables with positive exposure are available.
The Rod Dedeaux Foundation was founded to support at-risk youth in urban communities through baseball and softball programs in honor of legendary collegiate and Olympic coach Rod Dedeaux. Together with our partners we help support over 20,000 inner-city youths per year with valuable programs, field renovations and college scholarships. Visit our website at http://dedeauxfoundation.org/ to find out more about our important programs. 

2016 Golden Spikes Semifinalists Announced. Voting begins today.

 

June 30th, 2016

Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner

Youth Clinic and MLB PlayBall Event

 

SUSPENSE BUILDS FOR THE ROD DEDEAUX FOUNDATION AWARD DINNER AS USA BASEBALL UNVEILS 2016 GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD SEMIFINALISTS

 

Twelve NCAA Division I athletic conferences are represented on the list of semifinalists

 

 

FAN VOTING FOR THE GOLDEN SPIKES FINALISTS OPENS TODAY AT GOLDENSPIKESAWARD.COM

 

YOUR VOTE COUNTS, VOTE TODAY!

 

 

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball unveiled on Wednesday the 25 semifinalists for the 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation. 2016 marks the 39th consecutive year the Golden Spikes Award has been awarded to the top amateur baseball player in the United States.

 

GoldenSpikesAward.com - powered by MLBAM - is once again the online home of the award.  The website features content devoted exclusively to the Golden Spikes Award, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries, and photographs and biographical information for the 2016 semifinalists.  Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 25 players is narrowed to a group of finalists on Wednesday, June 13.

 

The Southeastern Conference leads 12 different conferences represented on the list with seven semifinalists, followed closely by the Atlantic Coast Conference with six.  The Pac-12 and Southern conferences both host a pair of semifinalists while the Big 12, Big East, Colonial Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Southland and West Coast conferences each have one athlete on the list.

 

Louisville sophomore Brendan McKay is a semifinalist for the second straight year and is one of two Cardinals named semifinalists in 2016. Vanderbilt was the only other school to place more than one athlete on the list. In total, 23 different NCAA institutions are represented.

 

The list includes several NCAA Division I statistical leaders including Southeastern Louisiana's Jameson Fisher, who leads the nation in batting average and on-base percentage.  UNC Wilmington's Nick Feight leads the country in RBIs and total bases, while Kent State's Eric Lauer, Pepperdine's A.J. Puckett and Washington's Troy Rallings possess three of the nation's top four ERAs.

 

USA Baseball officials will announce the finalists for the 2016 Golden Spikes Award on Monday, June 13.  To select the finalists, the list of semifinalists is sent to a voting body consisting of past Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and select current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.

 

Fan voting will once again be part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2016.  This announcement officially marks the opening of voting for amateur baseball fans from across the country on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of the selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names.  Voting will be open until Wednesday, June 8.

 

The live presentation of the 2016 Golden Spikes Award will be announced exclusively on ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter, on Thursday, June 30th. The announcement will take place in ESPN's Los Angeles Production Center at L.A. Live.

 

The finalists and their families will be also honored at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Dinner that evening at the Jonathan Club Los Angeles.

 

Last year, University of Arkansas' Andrew Benintendi took home the prestigious award, joining a group of recent winners that includes A.J. Reed (2014), Kris Bryant (2013), Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Buster Posey (2008).

 

The remaining timeline for the 2016 Golden Spikes Award announcement is:

             Wednesday, June 1: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists named - voting opens

            Wednesday, June 8: Semifinalist voting closes

            Monday, June 13: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists named - voting opens

            Friday, June 24: Finalist voting closes

            Thursday, June 30: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award trophy presentation

 

The complete 2016 Golden Spikes Award semifinalist list is as follows:

 

Name, Position, Class, School

Seth Beer, OF, Fr., Clemson

Jake Burger, 3B, So., Missouri State

C.J. Chatham, SS, Jr., Florida Atlantic

Zack Collins, C, Jr., Miami

Will Craig, 1B, Jr., Wake Forest

Brett Cumberland, C, So., California

Nick Feight, C, So., UNC-Wilmington

Jameson Fisher, C/IF, R-Jr., Southeastern Louisiana

Anfernee Grier, OF, Jr., Auburn

Thomas Hackimer, P, Sr., St. John's

Dakota Hudson, P, Jr., Mississippi State

Connor Jones, P, Jr., Virginia

Eric Lauer, P, Jr., Kent State

Kyle Lewis, OF, Jr., Mercer

Brendan McKay, IF/P, So., Louisville

Sheldon Neuse, 3B, Jr., Oklahoma

AJ Puckett, P, Jr., Pepperdine

Heath Quinn, OF, Jr., Samford

Troy Rallings, P, Sr., Washington

Corey Ray, OF, Jr., Louisville

Nick Senzel, 3B, Jr., Tennessee

Jordan Sheffield, P, R-So., Vanderbilt

Logan Shore, P, Jr., Florida

Boomer White, IF, Jr., Texas A&M

Kyle Wright, P, So., Vanderbilt

 

 

About 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 2015 Golden Spikes Award winner was Andrew Benintendi of the University of Arkansas.  Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Kris Bryant ('13), Mike Zunino ('12), Trevor Bauer ('11), Bryce Harper ('10), Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06), Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04), Rickie Weeks ('03) and Mark Kotsay ('95). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell ('98), Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Horner ('78).  For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.  Fans can follow the Golden Spikes Award on Twitter @USAGoldenSpikes.

 

About USA Baseball

USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.  The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives including PLAYBALL and Pitch Smart.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit the organization's official websites: USABaseball.com, PLAYBALL.org, PitchSmart.org, GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseballShop.com.

 

About The Rod Dedeaux Foundation

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation was founded to support at-risk youth in urban communities through baseball and softball programs in honor of legendary collegiate and Olympic coach Rod Dedeaux. Together with our partners we help support over 20,000 inner-city youths per year with valuable programs, field renovations and college scholarships.  Each year, the Foundation hosts the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award & Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Award in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

 

The 60 person watch list for the 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.

USA Baseball announces 2016 Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list

Forty-two new candidates played their way onto the midseason watch list

April 20, 2016

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball released its 60-player midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Wednesday, moving closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country. Sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the 39th Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 30 in Los Angeles. ESPN will once again serve as the programming sponsor for the Golden Spikes Award.

The midseason watch list features 60 of the nation's top amateur players from the high school and college ranks. The Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will continue to maintain a rolling list of athletes, allowing players to play themselves into consideration for the award before announcing the semifinalists on June 1.

"We are excited to announce the 60 players on the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO at USA Baseball. "These athletes have proven themselves worthy of consideration for this prestigious award through the eyes of the advisory board and from the overwhelming fan support through our first-ever nomination process."

USA Baseball introduced a nomination process that allowed fans the opportunity to recommend their favorite players for the award. Over eight thousand submissions were presented to the Golden Spikes Advisory Board for consideration in the first year. 

Forty-two new players were added to the watch list since its initial release on February 16, joining 18 others previously identified on the preseason list. The Southeastern Conference led all conferences in watch-list players, placing 14 on the midseason update, while 13 players represent the Atlantic Coast Conference. In total, 21 different NCAA conferences had at least one athlete on the list, including one from the Division III ranks.

Louisville, Vanderbilt and Virginia led the way with three athletes on the midseason watch list. Clemson, Florida, Miami, South Carolina and TCU each posted a pair of representatives on the list.

Luke Gillingham (Sr., P, Navy) and Brendan McKay (So., IF/P, Louisville) were placed on the midseason watch list for the second consecutive year and were named semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award in 2015. Will Craig (Jr., IF, Wake Forest) was also named to the midseason watch list for the second year in a row.

Jake Fishman (Jr., P/DH, Union College) and Blake Rutherford (HS-Sr., OF, Chaminade College Preparatory) represent the only non-NCAA Division I athletes on the midseason watch list.

On Wednesday, June 1, USA Baseball will announce the semifinalists for the 2016 Golden Spikes Award. The list of semifinalists will be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media that follow amateur baseball closely, select professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and the 38 previous winners of the award, representing a group of more than 200 voters.

Amateur baseball fans across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalists at GoldenSpikesAward.com from June 1-8. On Monday, June 13, USA Baseball will announce the finalists for the award, and fan voting will once again commence that same day. Fan voting for the finalists will end on Saturday, June 25.

The 2016 Golden Spikes Award winner will be named on Thursday, June 30, at a presentation in Los Angeles.

Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi took home the prestigious award in 2015, joining a group of recent winners that includes A.J. Reed (2014), Kris Bryant (2013), Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Buster Posey (2008).

GoldenSpikesAward.com, created in 2008 and powered by MLB Advanced Media, is the online home of the award. The web site features content devoted exclusively to the Golden Spikes Award, including news, a weekly player spotlight, voting history and past winner photo galleries.

The anticipated timeline for the 2016 Golden Spikes Award announcements is as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 1: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists announced, voting begins
  • Wednesday, June 8: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalist voting ends
  • Monday, June 13: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists announced, voting begins
  • Saturday, June 25: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists voting ends
  • Thursday, June 30: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award trophy presentation

A complete list of the 60-player USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list is as follows:

Peter Alonso, Jr., IF, Florida
Brandon Bailey, Jr., P, Gonzaga
Luken Baker, Fr., IF/P, TCU
Elliott Barzilli, Jr., IF, TCU
Seth Beer, Fr., OF, Clemson
Dustin Beggs, Sr., P, Kentucky
Grant Bennett, Sr., P, Troy
Ryan Boldt, Jr., OF, Nebraska
Geoffrey Bramblett, Jr., P, Alabama
J.B. Bukauskas, So., P, North Carolina
Jake Burger, So., IF, Missouri State
Corbin Burnes, Jr., P, Saint Mary's
C.J. Chatham, Jr., IF, Florida Atlantic
Zack Collins, Jr., C, Miami
Will Craig, Jr., IF, Wake Forest
Brett Cumberland, So., C, California
Chris DeVito, Jr., IF, New Mexico
Nick Feight, So., C, UNCW
Jameson Fisher, RS-Jr., IF, Southeastern Louisiana
Jake Fishman, Jr., UT, Union College
Bryan Garcia, Jr., P, Miami
Luke Gillingham, Sr., P, Navy
Anfernee Grier, Jr., OF, Auburn
Thomas Hackimer, Sr., P, St. John's
Darick Hall, Jr., IF/P, Dallas Baptist
Adam Haseley, So., P/OF, Virginia
Kevin Hill, R-Sr., P, South Alabama
Keston Hiura, Fr.,IF/ OF, UC Irvine
Tanner Houck, So., P, Missouri
Dakota Hudson, Jr., P, Mississippi State
Danny Hudzina, Sr., IF, Western Kentucky
Logan Ice, Jr., C, Oregon State
Griffin Jax, Jr., P, Air Force
Connor Jones, Jr., P, Virginia
Jeren Kendall, So., OF, Vanderbilt
Evan Kruczynski, Jr., P, ECU
Eric Lauer, Jr., P, Kent State
Brandon Lawson, Jr., P, South Florida
Kyle Lewis, Jr., OF, Mercer
Joey Lucchesi, Sr., P, SE Missouri State
Darren McCaughan, So., P, Long Beach St.
Brendan McKay, So., IF/P, Louisville
Sheldon Neuse, Jr., IF/P, Oklahoma
Stephen Nogosek, Jr., P, Oregon
Chris Okey, Jr., C, Clemson
Heath Quinn, Jr., OF, Samford
Corey Ray, Jr., OF, Louisville
Bryan Reynolds, Jr., OF, Vanderbilt
Blake Rutherford, HS-Sr., OF, Chaminade Prep
Clarke Schmidt, So., P, South Carolina
Ryan Scott, Sr., OF, Arkansas Little Rock
Nick Senzel, Jr., IF, Tennessee
Colton Shaver, So.,C/ IF, BYU
Logan Shore, Jr., P, Florida
Nick Solak, Jr., IF, Louisville
Jacob Stevens, Fr., P, Boston College
Matt Thaiss, Jr., C, Virginia
Braden Webb, Fr., P, South Carolina
Boomer White, Jr., IF, Texas A&M
Kyle Wright, So., P, Vanderbilt

About 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 2015 Golden Spikes Award winner was Andrew Benintendi of the University of Arkansas. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Kris Bryant ('13), Mike Zunino ('12), Trevor Bauer ('11), Bryce Harper ('10), Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06), Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04), Rickie Weeks ('03) and Mark Kotsay ('95). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell ('98), Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Horner ('78). For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com. Fans can follow the Golden Spikes Award on Twitter @USAGoldenSpikes.

About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation. The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives including PLAYBALL and Pitch Smart. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information, please visit the organization's official websites: USABaseball.com, PLAYBALL.org, PitchSmart.org, GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseballShop.com.

About The Rod Dedeaux Foundation

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation was founded by the college Hall of Fame and former USA Olympic baseball coach to support at-risk youth in urban communities through baseball and softball programs. Together with our partners we help support over 20,000 at-risk youths per year with valuable programs. We hope you will consider supporting us if you can. Visit our website athttp://dedeauxfoundation.org/ to find out more about what we are doing to help at-risk youth.

 

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation welcomes former All-Star Steve Kemp to The Dedeaux Awards Dinner on June 30th.

On June 30th, The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is honored to host former All-Star Steve Kemp at the annual Dedeaux Awards Dinner on June 30th, where The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be presented to the top amateur baseball player in the nation. Visit our website at http://dedeauxfoundation.org/ to see how we support at-risk youth through baseball and softball programs.

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is proud to be hosting Ron Fairly at the annual Dedeaux Awards on June 30th.

On June 30th, The Rod Dedeaux Foundation will be welcoming three time World Series champion from the Los Angeles DodgersRon Fairly, to the annual Dedeaux Awards Dinner where he will be honored for his contribution the baseball. Also at the dinner, The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be presented to the top amateur baseball player in the nation. Visit our website at http://dedeauxfoundation.org/ to see how we support at-risk youth through baseball and softball programs.

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is proud to be hosting Steve Garvey at the annual Dedeaux Awards Dinner on June 30th.

On June 30th, The Rod Dedeaux Foundation will be welcoming the Los Angeles Dodgers ten time All-Star and 1974 National League MVP Steve Garvey to the annual Dedeaux Awards Dinner where The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be presented to the top amateur baseball player in the nation. Visit our website at http://dedeauxfoundation.org/ to see how we support at-risk youth through baseball and softball programs.

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is proud to be hosting Willie Randolph at the annual Dedeaux Awards on June 30th.

On June 30th, The Rod Dedeaux Foundation will be welcoming six time All-Star and New York Yankees great Willie Randolph to the annual Dedeaux Awards Dinner. Randolph will receive the Rod Dedeaux Coach of The Year Award after leading Team USA to a silver medal in Taiwan. The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will also be presented at the awards dinner to the top amateur baseball player in the nation. Visit our website at http://dedeauxfoundation.org/ to see how we support at-risk youth through baseball and softball programs.

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation welcomes Fred Lynn to the annual Dedeaux Awards Dinner on June 30th.

On June 30th, The Rod Dedeaux Foundation will be honored to be hosting eight time All-Star, 1975 Rookie of the Year and American League MVP, Fred Lynn at the annual Dedeaux Awards Dinner. The former outfielder for The USC TrojansBoston Red SoxBaltimore Orioles, and Los Angeles Angels will be present to watch The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award be presented to the top amateur baseball player in the nation. Visit our website at http://dedeauxfoundation.org/ to see how we support at-risk youth through baseball and softball programs.

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation welcomes Tom Lasorda to the annual Dedeaux Awards Dinner June 30th.

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is happy to once again be hosting Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda at the annual Dedeaux Awards dinners where The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be presented to the top amateur baseball player in the nation. Visit our website at http://dedeauxfoundation.org/ to see how we support at-risk youth through baseball and softball programs.

 

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation will host Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg at our annual awards dinner on June 30th.

On June 30th, The Rod Dedeaux Foundation will be honored to host ten time All-Star, Baseball Hall of Fame, and former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg at our annual awards dinner where The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be presented to the top amateur baseball player in the nation. Visit our website at http://dedeauxfoundation.org/ to see how we support at-risk youth through baseball and softball programs.

USA Baseball releases Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, to be presented June 30th at The Rod Dedeaux Foundation Awards Dinner.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Contact:  Brad Young – mediarelations@usabaseball.com, (919) 474-8721 x212

 

USA BASEBALL ANNOUNCES 2016 GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD
MIDSEASON WATCH LIST

Forty-two new candidates played their way onto the midseason watch list

 

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball released its 60-player midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Wednesday, moving closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country. Sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the 39th Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 30 in Los Angeles.  ESPN will once again serve as the programming sponsor for the Golden Spikes Award.

 The midseason watch list features 60 of the nation's top amateur players from the high school and college ranks. The Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will continue to maintain a rolling list of athletes, allowing players to play themselves into consideration for the award before announcing the semifinalists on June 1.

 “We are excited to announce the 60 players on the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list,” said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO at USA Baseball.  “These athletes have proven themselves worthy of consideration for this prestigious award through the eyes of the advisory board and from the overwhelming fan support through our first-ever nomination process.”

 USA Baseball introduced a nomination process that allowed fans the opportunity to recommend their favorite players for the award. Over eight thousand submissions were presented to the Golden Spikes Advisory Board for consideration in the first year. 

 Forty-two new players were added to the watch list since its initial release on February 16, joining 18 others previously identified on the preseason list. The Southeastern Conference led all conferences in watch-list players, placing 14 on the midseason update, while 13 players represent the Atlantic Coast Conference. In total, 21 different NCAA conferences had at least one athlete on the list, including one from the Division III ranks.

 Louisville, Vanderbilt and Virginia led the way with three athletes on the midseason watch list. Clemson, Florida, Miami, South Carolina and TCU each posted a pair of representatives on the list.

 Luke Gillingham (Sr., P, Navy) and Brendan McKay (So., IF/P, Louisville) were placed on the midseason watch list for the second consecutive year and were named semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award in 2015. Will Craig (Jr., IF, Wake Forest) was also named to the midseason watch list for the second year in a row.

 Jake Fishman (Jr., P/DH, Union College) and Blake Rutherford (HS-Sr., OF, Chaminade College Preparatory) represent the only non-NCAA Division I athletes on the midseason watch list.

 On Wednesday, June 1, USA Baseball will announce the semifinalists for the 2016 Golden Spikes Award. The list of semifinalists will be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media that follow amateur baseball closely, select professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and the 38 previous winners of the award, representing a group of more than 200 voters.

 Amateur baseball fans across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalists at GoldenSpikesAward.com from June 1-8. On Monday, June 13, USA Baseball will announce the finalists for the award, and fan voting will once again commence that same day. Fan voting for the finalists will end on Saturday, June 25.

 The 2016 Golden Spikes Award winner will be named on Thursday, June 30, at a presentation in Los Angeles. The finalists and their families will be honored at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Dinner that evening at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

 Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi took home the prestigious award in 2015, joining a group of recent winners that includes A.J. Reed (2014), Kris Bryant (2013), Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Buster Posey (2008).

 GoldenSpikesAward.com, created in 2008 and powered by MLB Advanced Media, is the online home of the award. The web site features content devoted exclusively to the Golden Spikes Award, including news, a weekly player spotlight, voting history and past winner photo galleries.

 The anticipated timeline for the 2016 Golden Spikes Award announcements is as follows:

- Wednesday, June 1: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists announced, voting begins

- Wednesday, June 8: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalist voting ends-            

- Monday, June 13: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists announced, voting begins

- Saturday, June 25: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists voting ends

- Thursday, June 30: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award trophy presentation

 A complete list of the 60-player USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list is as follows:

 Peter Alonso, Jr., IF, Florida

Brandon Bailey, Jr., P, Gonzaga

Luken Baker, Fr., IF/P, TCU

Elliott Barzilli, Jr., IF, TCU

Seth Beer, Fr., OF, Clemson

Dustin Beggs, Sr., P, Kentucky

Grant Bennett, Sr., P, Troy

Ryan Boldt, Jr., OF, Nebraska

Geoffrey Bramblett, Jr., P, Alabama

J.B. Bukauskas, So., P, North Carolina

Jake Burger, So., IF, Missouri State

Corbin Burnes, Jr., P, Saint Mary’s

C.J. Chatham, Jr., IF, Florida Atlantic

Zack Collins, Jr., C, Miami

Will Craig, Jr., IF/P, Wake Forest

Brett Cumberland, So., C, California

Chris DeVito, Jr., C, New Mexico

Nick Feight, So., C, UNCW

Jameson Fisher, RS-Jr., C, Southeastern Louisiana

Jake Fishman, Jr., IF/P, Union College

Bryan Garcia, Jr., P, Miami

Luke Gillingham, Sr., P, Navy

Anfernee Grier, Jr., OF, Auburn

Thomas Hackimer, Sr., P, St. John’s

Darick Hall, Jr., IF/P, Dallas Baptist

Adam Haseley, So., P/OF, Virginia

Kevin Hill,  R-Sr., P, South Alabama

Keston Hiura,  Fr., IF/ OF, UC Irvine

Tanner Houck, So., P, Missouri

Dakota Hudson, Jr., P, Mississippi State

Danny Hudzina, Sr., IF, Western Kentucky

Logan Ice, Jr., C, Oregon State

Griffin Jax, Jr., P, Air Force

Connor Jones, Jr., P, Virginia

Jeren Kendall, So., OF, Vanderbilt

Evan Kruczynski, Jr., P, ECU

Eric Lauer, Jr., P, Kent State

Brandon Lawson, Jr., P, South Florida

Kyle Lewis, Jr., OF, Mercer

Joey Lucchesi, Sr., P, SE Missouri State

Darren McCaughan, So., P, Long Beach St.

Brendan McKay, So., IF/P, Louisville

Sheldon Neuse, Jr., IF/P, Oklahoma

Stephen Nogosek, Jr., P, Oregon

Chris Okey, Jr., C, Clemson

Heath Quinn, Jr., OF, Samford

Corey Ray, Jr., OF, Louisville

Bryan Reynolds, Jr., OF, Vanderbilt

Blake Rutherford, HS-Sr., OF, Chaminade Prep

Clarke Schmidt, So., P, South Carolina

Ryan Scott, Sr., OF, Arkansas Little Rock

Nick Senzel, Jr., IF, Tennessee

Colton Shaver, So.,C, BYU

Logan Shore, Jr., P, Florida

Nick Solak, Jr., IF, Louisville

Jacob Stevens, Fr., P, Boston College

Matt Thaiss, Jr., C, Virginia

Braden Webb, Fr., P, South Carolina

Boomer White, Jr., IF, Texas A&M

Kyle Wright, So., P, Vanderbilt

 

About 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 2015 Golden Spikes Award winner was Andrew Benintendi of the University of Arkansas.  Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Kris Bryant (’13), Mike Zunino (’12), Trevor Bauer (’11), Bryce Harper (’10), Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price (’07), Tim Lincecum (’06), Alex Gordon (’05), Jered Weaver (’04), Rickie Weeks (’03) and Mark Kotsay (’95). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell (’98), Robin Ventura (’88), Jim Abbott (’87), Will Clark (’85), Dave Magadan (’83), Terry Francona (’80), Tim Wallach (’79), and Horner (’78).  For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.  Fans can follow the Golden Spikes Award on Facebook, Instagram @goldenspikesaward, and Twitter @USAGoldenSpikes.

 About USA Baseball

USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.  The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives including PLAYBALL and Pitch Smart.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit the organization’s official websites: USABaseball.com, PLAYBALL.org, PitchSmart.org, GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseballShop.com.

 

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About The Rod Dedeaux Foundation

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is a 501(c) charitable foundation started by College Hall of Fame baseball coach Rod Dedeaux. Our mission is to support at-risk youth in urban communities through much needed baseball and softball programs. Over 15,000 youth participate per year in our valuable programs. Please visit our website at http://www.dedeauxfoundation.org/ for more information. 
 

 

Willie Randolph named The Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of The Year.

June 30th, 2016

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner Countdown Continues with Announcement of Coach of the Year.

 

Willie Randolph Announced as Coach of the Year.

 We are proud to announce that after leading Team USA to a silver medal in the inaugural WSBC Premier12 Championship in Taipei, Taiwan, former MLB All-Star and manager, Willie Randolph, has earned the Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year Award . 

"We cannot say enough about Willie's on and off the field leadership" said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO. "His character and rapport with players and staff alike proved him to be a true professional in every sense of the word and a deserving recipient of The Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year award."

Please join us as we honor Willie Randolph at this year's Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner on the evening of Thursday, June 30th. 

 Event Sponsorship and Ticket information will be posted shortly. Stay up to date with all of the latest information on the 2016 Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner here

 About The Rod Dedeaux Foundation

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is a 501(c) founded by the legendary College Hall of Fame and Olympic baseball coach, Rod Dedeaux.  Our mission is to support at-risk youth in urban communities through baseball and softball programs.  Over 10,000 youth per year participate in our programs and we award two college scholarships per year to well deserving youth; we are proud to serve the next generation with our successful programs.  Our annual fundraising dinner features the presentation of The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award to the top amateur baseball player in the county and The Rod Dedeaux Coach of The Year Award to the top amateur coach in the nation.   Please explore our website to find our more about what we do.

 


Early season watch list for the 2016 Golden Spikes Award.

 June 30th, 2016

Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner Countdown Continues as USA Baseball Announces its 2016 Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List

 Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List Released

Florida and Louisville Each Land Three Players on Preseason Watch List

 

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball unveiled its 50-player preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Tuesday, beginning the process of identifying the top amateur baseball player in the country for the 2016 season. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the 39th Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 30 in Los Angeles.

 

The preseason watch list features 50 of the nation's top amateur players, from high school and college baseball. The Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will maintain a rolling list of athletes, allowing players to play themselves into consideration for the award throughout the season.

 

"We are pleased to announce the 50 members of the preseason Watch List for the 2016 Golden Spikes Award," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball. "We look forward to following these athletes closely during the course of the baseball season and identifying the best representatives for this prestigious award."

Headlining the 2016 watch list are six athletes the Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board has recognized in the past. Zack Collins (C, Miami), Kyle Funkhouser (RHP, Louisville), Sheldon Neuse (IF, Oklahoma), and Cal Quantrill (RHP, Stanford) have been named to the preseason watch list for the second consecutive year, while Brendan McKay (LHP, Louisville) and Mike Shawaryn (RHP, Maryland) are the only two players on the watch list that were named a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award in 2015.

Jason Groome (LHP, Barnegat High School) and Riley Pint (RHP, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School) are the only high school players represented on the list and Keivan Berges (RHP/OF, Keiser) is the lone NAIA player represented.  Division III athlete, Sam Dexter (IF, Southern Maine), and Division II players Will Albertson (C, Catawba), Reese Gregory (RHP/IF, St. Cloud State), Tyson Miller (RHP, California Baptist), and Ryan Olson (RHP, Cal Poly Pomona) are five non-Division I athletes playing in the NCAA on the list.  To this day, Alex Fernandez (1990) and Bryce Harper (2010) are the only non-NCAA Division I athletes to win the Golden Spikes Award.

19 different collegiate athletic conferences from NAIA and the NCAA are represented on the 2016 preseason watch list.  The Southeastern Conference leads the way with 11 representatives, while the Atlantic Coast Conference has nine and the Pac-12 Conference has six.  Florida and Louisville lead all schools in representation with three players each.  Missouri, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, and Virginia all had a pair of athletes identified on the watch list.

Starting on April 11 and ending April 17, fans will be able to nominate their favorite players for the Golden Spikes Award for the first time ever prior to the reveal of Midseason Watch List on April 20.  The semifinalists list will be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media that follow the amateur game closely, select professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and the 38 previous winners of the award, representing a group of more than 200 voters.

Fan voting will continue to be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2016, starting on June 1 with the naming of the Golden Spikes Award semifinalists.  Amateur baseball fans across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalists at GoldenSpikesAward.com.  On June 13, USA Baseball will announce the finalists and voting will begin that day and last until June 25.

The winner of the 39th Golden Spikes Award will be named on Thursday, June 30, at a presentation in Los Angeles.  The finalists and their families will be honored at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Dinner that evening at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

Last year, University of Arkansas' outfielder Andrew Benintendi took home the prestigious award, joining a group of recent winners that include A. J. Reed (2014), Kris Bryant (2013), Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008), and David Price (2007).

 

The anticipated timeline for the 2016 Golden Spikes Award announcements:

     Tuesday, February 16: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list

     Monday, April 11: 2016 Golden Spikes Award fan nominations begin

     Sunday, April 17: 2016 Golden Spikes Award fan nominations end

     Wednesday, April 20: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list

     Wednesday, June 1: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists, voting begins

     Wednesday, June 8: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists, voting ends

     Monday, June 13: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists, voting begins

     Saturday, June 25: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists, voting ends

     Thursday, June 30: 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award trophy presentation

 

A complete list of the 50-player USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list is as follows:

 

Name, Position, Class, School, Conference

Will Albertson, C, Senior, Catawba, South Atlantic Conference

Nick Banks, OF, Junior, Texas A&M, Southeastern Conference

Carmen Benedetti, UT, Junior, Michigan, Big Ten Conference

Keivan Berges, RHP/OF, Junior, Keiser, Sun Conference (NAIA)

Ryan Boldt, OF, Junior, Nebraska, Big Ten Conference

Bryson Brigman, IF, Sophomore, San Diego, West Coast Conference

Zack Collins, C, Junior, Miami, Atlantic Coast Conference

Will Craig, RHP/IF, Junior, Wake Forest, Atlantic Coast Conference

Bobby Dalbec, IF, Junior, Arizona, Pac-12 Conference

Sam Dexter, IF, Senior, Southern Maine, Little East Conference

Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Senior, Louisville, Atlantic Coast Conference

Luke Gillingham, LHP, Senior, Navy, American Athletic Conference

Reese Gregory, RHP/IF, Senior, St. Cloud State, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Jason Groome, LHP, Senior (High School), Barnegat High School, High School

Alec Hansen, RHP, Junior, Oklahoma, Big XII Conference

KJ Harrison, C/IF, Sophomore, Oregon St., Pac-12 Conference

Kevin Hill, RHP, RS-Junior, South Alabama, Sun Belt Conference

Keston Hiura, UT, Sophomore, UC Irvine, Big West Conference

Tanner Houck, RHP, Sophomore, Missouri, Southeastern Conference

Ryan Howard, IF, Junior, Missouri, Southeastern Conference

Zach Jackson, RHP, Junior, Arkansas, Southeastern Conference

Daulton Jefferies, RHP, Junior, California, Pac-12 Conference

Kel Johnson, OF, Sophomore, Georgia Tech, Atlantic Coast Conference

Connor Jones, RHP, Junior, Virginia, Atlantic Coast Conference

Anthony Kay, LHP, Junior, UCONN, American Athletic Conference

Matt Krook, LHP, Sophomore, Oregon, Pac-12 Conference

Alex Lange, RHP, Sophomore, Louisiana State, Southeastern Conference

Andrew Lantrip, RHP, Junior, Houston, American Athletic Conference

Eric Lauer, LHP, Junior, Kent State, Mid-American Conference

Kyle Lewis, OF, Junior, Mercer, Southern Conference

Brendan McKay, LHP/IF, Sophomore, Louisville, Atlantic Coast Conference

Tyson Miller, RHP, Junior, California Baptist, Pacific West Conference

Sheldon Neuse, RHP/IF, Junior, Oklahoma, Big XII Conference

Chris Okey, C, Junior, Clemson, Atlantic Coast Conference

Corbin Olmstead, RHP/IF, Senior, North Florida, Atlantic Sun Conference

Ryan Olson, RHP, Junior, Cal Poly Pomona, California Collegiate Athletic Association

Riley Pint, RHP, Senior (High School), Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, High School

A.J. Puk, LHP, Junior, Florida, Southeastern Conference

Cal Quantrill, RHP, Junior, Stanford, Pac-12 Conference

Corey Ray, OF, Junior, Louisville, Atlantic Coast Conference

Buddy Reed, OF, Junior, Florida, Southeastern Conference

Bryan Reynolds, OF, Junior, Vanderbilt, Southeastern Conference

JJ Schwarz, C, Sophomore, Florida, Southeastern Conference

Nick Senzel, IF, Junior, Tennessee, Southeastern Conference

Mike Shawaryn, RHP, Junior, Maryland, Big Ten Conference

Matt Thaiss, C, Junior, Virginia, Atlantic Coast Conference

Mitchell Traver, RHP, RS-Junior, TCU, Big XII Conference

Donnie Walton, IF, Senior, Oklahoma State, Big XII Conference

Colby Woodmansee, IF, Junior, Arizona State, Pac-12 Conference

Kyle Wright, RHP/IF, Sophomore, Vanderbilt, Southeastern Conference

 

About 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 2015 Golden Spikes Award winner was Andrew Benintendi of the University of Arkansas.  Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Kris Bryant ('13), Mike Zunino ('12), Trevor Bauer ('11), Bryce Harper ('10), Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06), Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04), Rickie Weeks ('03) and Mark Kotsay ('95). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell ('98), Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Horner ('78).  For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.  Fans can follow the Golden Spikes Award on Twitter @USAGoldenSpikes.

 

About The Rod Dedeaux Foundation

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation hosts the Golden Spikes Award Dinner. We are a 501(3) charity that exists to support at-risk youth through baseball and softball programs.  We were founded the College Hall of Fame and Olympic baseball coach, Rod Dedeaux. Visit our website to find out more:   www.dedeauxfoundation.org

About USA Baseball

USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.  The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives including PLAYBALL and Pitch Smart.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit the organization's official websites: USABaseball.com, PLAYBALL.org, PitchSmart.org, GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseballShop.com.

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is proud to support at-risk youth by awarding two college scholarships.

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is proud to support two outstanding young recipients with college scholarships.  Our scholarship recipients are carefully chosen based on achievement, character, and need.  Our 2015 scholarships winners were Aris Metcalf and Chasen Wilson, these two current freshman have bright futures. Thanks to our supporters for making this possible. 


The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is proud to help distribute baseball and softball equipment to youth in underserved communities.

Pitch In For Baseball® Opens a West Coast Warehouse

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation provides funding to open 2nd Pitch In For Baseball location in Los Angeles

PHILADELPHIA, PA – October 21, 2015 – Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB), a not-for-profit that collects and redistributes new and gently-used baseball and softball equipment to kids and communities in need in the U.S. and around the world and The Rod Dedeaux Foundation, a Los Angeles based non-profit that supports youth baseball and softball programs in underserved areas, are teaming up to help more kids play ball. For the past 10 years, Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB) has run all of operations from a Philadelphia warehouse. However, PIFB donors and supporters are spread all over the United States. The donation of warehouse space and operational staff from The Rod Dedeaux Foundation enables Pitch In For Baseball an expanded footprint and improves the experience for donors and program partners. “We receive donations of new and gently used gear from all over the country, which we then send around the U.S. and the world to kids and communities who cannot easily access or afford the proper gear to play. Each year, so many of the equipment donors and recipients that contact us are from the west coast,” said David Rhode, PIFB Executive Director. “This second facility will greatly increase our ability to accept more donations and to serve more children and communities in need.” The connection to The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is a logical one for Pitch In For Baseball. PIFB President, Roy Smalley, won 2 NCAA Baseball Championships while at University of Southern California under the leadership of legendary Coach Rod Dedeaux. Brett Dedeaux, the Executive Director of The Rod Dedeaux Foundation, is the grandson of Coach Dedeaux. “The Dedeaux Foundation’s support of Pitch In For Baseball is a natural fit and the timing is right. The Dedeaux Foundation and Pitch In For Baseball have a shared purpose to create opportunities for children in urban communities to play ball,” said Brett Dedeaux. “We know that this second location will help PIFB to collect more gear and help more kids get on the field and we’re just happy to be in a position to help.” People can support the efforts of PIFB by donating new or gently-used equipment, or by making a financial donation. To make a donation or learn more about the organization and this partnership, visit www.pifb.org.

About Pitch In For Baseball

Founded in 2005, Pitch In For Baseball is the central organization for the collection and redistribution of new and gently used youth baseball and softball equipment to under resourced communities around the world. To date, PIFB has distributed equipment and uniforms to more than 80 countries worldwide and more than 450 communities around the United States impacting over 500,000 children in need.

About The Rod Dedeaux Foundation

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is named after Raoul “Rod” Dedeaux: legendary USC and USA Olympic baseball coach, Founder of Japan – USA Baseball series, Father of International Baseball and “Coach of the Century”. The Foundation was formed to continue Rod’s spirit by supporting youth baseball and softball programs in underserved areas. Through the efforts of the Foundation, youth receive more than just uniforms and renovated facilities, they receive a sanctuary from challenging environments and a support system specifically designed to build character and academic support to enable underprivileged youth to achieve their dreams.  For more information visit www.dedeauxfoundation.org

 MEDIA CONTACT: 

Meredith Kim – Pitch in For Baseball. Meridith Kim 267-263-4069 or meredithk@pifb.org

Former USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winner, Bryce Harper, takes home 2015 National League MVP award.

In 2010, Bryce Harper took home The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award at The Rod Dedeaux Foundation Annual Awards Dinner.  Bryce batted .443 with 31 home runs that year at Southern Nevada.  In 2010, Bryce Harper also took home The 2015 National League Rookie of the Year Award.  Congrats Bryce!

Also, our 2013 Golden Spikes Award, Kris Bryant, took home the 2015 National League Rookie of The Year Award.

The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Awards continues to unquestionably be the best indicator of future success in baseball.  There has been 38 winners since Bob Horner won the first award in 1978.  34 of those 38 players made the majors, 17 have been All-Stars, 5 have won Rookie of The Year, 3 have pitched no hitters, and 2 are current major league managers.

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation was founded by the legendary baseball coach, Rod Dedeaux.  Rod was the head baseball coach at the University of Southern California for 45 seasons, and retired at age 72 in 1986.  His teams won 11 national titles, including a record five straight (1970-1975) and 28 conference championships. Dedeaux was named Coach of the Year six times by the Collegiate Baseball Coaches Association and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1970. He was named "Coach of the Century" by Collegiate Baseball magazine, and was one of the ten initial inductees to the College Baseball Hall of Fame.  He also coached the Team USA baseball team in the Olympics in 1964 and 1984.  He is widely regarded by his peers as among the best amature coaches of all time.

The Rod Dedeaux Foundaton is now run by his family to continue the legacy and dreams of Rod Dedeaux.  We are a 501c that exists to support at-risk youth in urban communities through baseball, softball, and other programs.  Currently, inner city organizations are fighting for survival as public funding is drying up, and our youth need healthy and supportive options.  Through the efforts of the Foundation, youth get to play on well organized teams, receive training, uniforms, and renovated facilities; they receive a sanctuary from challenging environments and a support system specifically designed to build character and academic support to enable underprivileged youth to achieve their dreams. We are very proud to successfully support these important and life changing youth programs.  We invite you to browse our website to see how we are working hard to continue to support our youth and their communties.

If you would like to support us with a donation then click here, if you are a corporation and would like to purchase a sponsorship table at our awards dinner then click here

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