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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. It also organizes the USA Baseball Championships and awards the Golden Spikes Award to the amateur baseball player of the year.

Men's national team

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 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.

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 selected by USA Baseball Directors from either affiliated MLB Minor League teams or Independent League teams.

Junior baseball

USA Baseball also fields the Junior National Team (18-under) and the Youth National Team (15-under).

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. [19]

Women's national team

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, Alberta, Canada. 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

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

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. [10] [4] It votes it every year to USA Baseball's top player. [10] The award is named after USA Baseball's past founding executive director and CEO. [10] 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 Brice Tarang in 2014. [10] [9] [6] [7]

Current national teams

Professional Team

# Name Position B-T Ht. Wt. DOB Hometown Current team
2 Alex Bregman IF R-R 6'0" 180 (1994-03-03) March 3, 1994 Albuquerque, New Mexico Houston Astros
3 Ian Kinsler 2B R-R 6'0" 200 (1982-06-22) June 22, 1982 Tucson, Arizona Detroit Tigers
4 Chris Archer RHP R-R 6'3" 190 (1988-09-26) September 26, 1988 Raleigh, North Carolina Tampa Bay Rays
6 Marcus Stroman RHP R-R 5’8” 180 (1991-05-01) May 1, 1991 Medford, New York Toronto Blue Jays
7 Christian Yelich OF L-R 6’3” 195 (1991-12-05) December 5, 1991 Thousand Oaks, California Miami Marlins
10 Adam Jones OF R-R 6'2" 215 (1985-08-01) August 1, 1985 San Diego, California Baltimore Orioles
12 Nolan Arenado 3B R-R 6'2" 205 (1991-04-16) April 16, 1991 Newport Beach, California Colorado Rockies
13 Matt Carpenter 3B L-R 6'3" 205 (1985-11-26) November 26, 1985 Galveston, Texas St. Louis Cardinals
17 Pat Neshek RHP S-R 6’3” 220 (1980-09-04) September 4, 1980 Madison, Wisconsin Colorado Rockies
18 Luke Gregerson RHP L-R 6'3" 205 (1985-05-14) May 14, 1985 Park Ridge, Illinois Houston Astros
22 Andrew McCutchen OF R-R 5'10" 190 (1986-10-10) October 10, 1986 Fort Meade, Florida Pittsburgh Pirates
24 Andrew Miller LHP L-L 6’7” 205 (1985-05-21) May 21, 1985 Gainesville, Florida Cleveland Indians
25 Jonathan Lucroy C R-R 6'0" 200 (1986-06-13) June 13, 1986 Eustis, Florida Colorado Rockies
26 Brandon Crawford SS L-R 6'2" 215 (1987-01-21) January 21, 1987 Mountain View, California San Francisco Giants
27 Giancarlo Stanton OF R-R 6’6” 245 (1989-11-08) November 8, 1989 Panorama, California Miami Marlins
28 Buster Posey C R-R 6’1” 215 (1987-03-27) March 27, 1987 Leesburg, Georgia San Francisco Giants
29 Tyler Clippard RHP R-R 6'3" 200 (1985-02-14) February 14, 1985 Lexington, Kentucky Houston Astros
30 David Robertson RHP R-R 5’11” 195 (1985-04-09) April 9, 1985 Birmingham, Alabama Chicago White Sox
31 Daniel Murphy 2B L-R 6’1” 220 (1985-04-01) April 1, 1985 Jacksonville, Florida Washington Nationals
34 A.J. Ellis C R-R 6'2" 225 (1981-04-09) April 9, 1981 Cape Girardeau, Missouri Miami Marlins
35 Eric Hosmer 1B L-L 6'4" 225 (1989-10-24) October 24, 1989 South Miami, Florida Kansas City Royals
41 Danny Duffy LHP L-L 6'3" 205 (1988-12-21) December 21, 1988 Goleta, California Kansas City Royals
44 Paul Goldschmidt 1B R-R 6'3" 225 (1987-09-10) September 10, 1987 Wilmington, Delaware Arizona Diamondbacks
47 Sam Dyson RHP R-R 6'1" 205 (1988-05-07) May 7, 1988 Tampa, Florida San Francisco Giants
51 Jake McGee LHP L-L 6'3" 230 (1986-08-06) August 6, 1986 San Jose, California Colorado Rockies
57 Tanner Roark RHP R-R 6’2” 235 (1986-10-05) October 5, 1986 Wilmington, Illinois Washington Nationals
60 Mychal Givens RHP R-R 6'0" 210 (1990-05-13) May 13, 1990 Tampa, Florida Baltimore Orioles
65 Nate Jones RHP R-R 6'5" 220 (1986-01-28) January 28, 1986 Butler, Kentucky Chicago White Sox

2017 World Baseball Classic Team Coaches

# Name Position
Joe Torre General Manager
Mark Reed BP Catcher
Rich Donnelly Bullpen Coach
1 Alan Trammell First Base Coach
9 Tino Martinez Hitting Coach
11 Jim Leyland Manager
38 Jeff Jones Pitching Coach
42 Willie Randolph Third Base Coach
61 Tom Brookens Bench Coach

Collegiate National Team

# Name Position B-T Ht. Wt. DOB Hometown Team
2 Evan White IF/OF R-L 6-3 200 (1996-04-26) April 26, 1996 Gahanna, Ohio Seattle Mariners
3 Jeren Kendall OF L-R 6–0 190 (1996-02-04) February 4, 1996 Holmen, Wisconsin Los Angeles Dodgers
4 Mike Rivera C R-R 5-10 200 (1995-12-12) December 12, 1995 Venice, Florida Cleveland Indians
5 Dalton Guthrie IF R-R 5–11 175 (1995-12-23) December 23, 1995 Sarasota, Florida Philadelphia Phillies
7 Ricky Tyler Thomas LHP L-L 6-1 175 (1995-12-22) December 22, 1995 San Diego, California Chicago Cubs
9 Evan Skoug C L-R 5-11 200 (1995-10-21) October 21, 1995 Libertyville, Illinois Chicago White Sox
10 Taylor Walls IF S-R 5-10 180 (1996-07-10) July 10, 1996 Cordele, Georgia Tampa Bay Rays
14 Tim Cate LHP L-L 6-2 167 (1997-09-30) September 30, 1997 Manchester, Connecticut UCONN Freshman
15 Cole Sands RHP R-R 6-3 210 (1997-07-17) July 17, 1997 Tallahassee, Florida Florida State Freshman
16 Darren McCaughan RHP R-R 6-1 195 (1996-03-18) March 18, 1996 Downey, California Seattle Mariners
19 Jake Burger IF R-R 6-2 210 (1996-04-10) April 10, 1996 Chesterfield, Missouri Chicago White Sox
21 Keston Hiura IF/OF R-R 6-0 188 (1996-08-02) August 2, 1996 Valencia, California Milwaukee Brewers
23 Devin Hairston IF R-R 5-7 162 (1996-04-07) April 7, 1996 Lexington, Kentucky Milwaukee Brewers
24 KJ Harrison IF/C R-R 6-0 208 (1996-08-11) August 11, 1996 Kailua, Hawaii Milwaukee Brewers
27 Alex Faedo RHP R-R 6-5 220 (1995-11-12) November 12, 1995 Tampa, Florida Detroit Tigers
28 Seth Beer OF L-R 6-2 195 (1996-09-18) September 18, 1996 Suwanee, Georgia Clemson Freshman
29 Tyler Johnson RHP R-R 6-2 180 (1995-08-21) August 21, 1995 Midlothian, Virginia Chicago White Sox
31 Tanner Houck RHP R-R 6–5 217 (1996-06-29) June 29, 1996 Collinsville, Illinois Boston Red Sox
32 Zach Warren LHP L-L 6–5 200 (1996-06-09) June 9, 1996 Vineland, New Jersey Philadelphia Phillies
33 Brendan McKay LHP L-L 6–2 212 (1995-12-18) December 18, 1995 Darlington, Pennsylvania Tampa Bay Rays
35 Alex Lange RHP R-R 6–3 201 (1995-10-02) October 2, 1995 Lee's Summit, Missouri Chicago Cubs
37 Glenn Otto RHP R-R 6–4 225 (1996-03-11) March 11, 1996 Spring, Texas New York Yankees
39 David Peterson LHP L-L 6–6 240 (1995-09-03) September 3, 1995 Denver, Colorado New York Mets
43 J. B. Bukauskas RHP R-R 6–0 196 (1996-10-11) October 11, 1996 Ashburn, Virginia Houston Astros
44 Travis Moniot IF L-R 6–0 183 (1997-06-09) June 9, 1997 Palm Desert, California Oregon Freshman
45 Kyle Wright RHP R-R 6–4 220 (1995-10-02) October 2, 1995 Huntsville, Alabama Atlanta Braves
49 T. J. Friedl OF L-L 5–10 170 (1995-08-14) August 14, 1995 Pleasanton, California Cincinnati Reds

2016 Collegiate National Team Coaches

# Name Position
6 Jason Gill Assistant Coach (Loyola Marymount)
8 George Horton Manager (Oregon)
22 John Altobellil Assistant Coach (Orange Coast College)
26 Ted Silva Bench Coach (Nebraska)
30 Mitch Karraker Bullpen Coach (Oregon)
47 Dave Snow Pitching Coach

2016 Collegiate National Team Administration

Name Position
Eric Campbell General Manager (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Seth Holiday Operations Coordinator (Lawrence, Kansas)
Danny Wheat Athletic Trainer (TCU)
Cameron Harris Press Officer (Lawton, Oklahoma)

18U National Team

# Name Position B-T Ht. Wt. DOB Hometown School Class
3 Logan Allen LHP R-L 6-0 166 9/5/1998 Deltona, Florida University High School 2017
4 Hunter Greene IF/RHP R-R 6–3 195 8/6/1999 Stevenson Ranch, California Cincinnati Reds
5 Patrick Bailey C S-R 6-0 182 5/29/1999 Greensboro, North Carolina Wesleyan Christian Academy 2017
6 Royce Lewis IF/OF R-R 6–0 183 6/5/1999 Aliso Viejo, California Minnesota Twins
8 Jarred Kelenic OF L-L 5-11 184 7/16/1999 Waukesha, Wisconsin Waukesha West High School 2018
9 Hagen Danner RHP/C R-R 6-1 194 9/30/1998 Huntington Beach, California Toronto Blue Jays
10 Nick Allen IF R-R 5-8 154 9/5/1998 San Diego, California Oakland Athletics
11 Quentin Holmes OF R-R 6-0 178 7/7/1999 East Elmhurst, New York Cleveland Indians
12 Blayne Enlow RHP R-R 6-3 180 3/21/1999 Sorrento, Louisiana Minnesota Twins
13 MJ Melendez C L-R 6-0 180 11/29/1998 Miami, Florida Kansas City Royals
14 Cal Mitchell OF L-R 6-0 198 3/8/1999 Rancho Bernardo, California Pittsburgh Pirates
15 Jordan Butler LHP L-L 5-11 184 12/2/1998 Odessa, Florida Braulio Alonso High School 2017
17 CJ Van Eyk RHP R-R 6-0 170 9/15/1998 Lutz, Florida Steinbrenner High School 2017
18 Hans Crouse RHP L-R 6-4 192 9/15/1998 Dana Point, California Texas Rangers
19 Ryan Vilade IF/RHP R-R 6-0 201 2/18/1999 Stillwater, Oklahoma Colorado Rockies
21 Shane Baz RHP R-R 6-2 189 6/17/1999 Cypress, Texas Pittsburgh Pirates
22 Mitchell Stone LHP L-L 6-9 257 5/29/1998 Edmond, Oklahoma Deer Creek High School 2017
23 Mike Siani OF L-L 5–11 185 7/16/1999 Glenside, Pennsylvania William Penn Charter School 2018
25 Nick Pratto IF/LHP L-L 6–1 199 10/6/1998 Huntington Beach, California Kansas City Royals
26 Triston Casas IF R-R 6–3 241 1/15/2000 Pembroke Pines, Florida American Heritage School 2019

2016 18U National Team Coaches

Name Position
Glenn Cecchini Manager
Greg Moore Pitching Coach
Brooks Badeaux Assistant Coach
Rene Gayo Assistant Coach

2016 18U National Team Administration

Name Position
Matt Blood Program Director
Patrick O'Grady Operations Coordinator
Pat Chasse Athletic Trainer
Emma Lingan Press Officer

15U National Team

# Name Position B/T Ht. Wt. DOB Hometown School Class
11 Nelson Berkwich P L/L 5'11 176 4/3/2002 Boca Raton, Florida American Heritage School 2020
6 Coleman Brigman IF/OF R/L 5'11 160 6/26/2001 San Jose, California Valley Christian High School 2019
13 Gabe Briones C/IF R/R 6'0 175 1/10/2001 Corona, California Lutheran High School of Orange County 2019
1 Christian Cairo IF R/R 5'9 155 6/11/2001 Clearwater, Florida Calvary Christian High School 2019
27 Justin Campbell P/IF L/R 6'7 185 2/14/2001 Simi Valley, California Simi Valley High School 2019
12 Jasiah Dixon OF R/R 5'10 165 8/31/2001 Santa Ana, California Lutheran High School of Orange County 2019
14 Cade Doughty IF/P R/R 6'1 180 3/26/2001 Denham Springs, Louisiana Denham Springs High School 2019
17 Sammy Faltine P/IF R/R 6'2 170 1/8/2001 Richmond, Texas William B. Travis High School 2019
24 Nick Gorby P/IF R/L 6'0 198 8/30/2001 Port St. Lucie, Florida St. Lucie West Centennial High School 2020
7 Tony Jacob P/OF L/L 5'10 155 2/8/2001 Acton, California Mater Dei High School 2019
23 Jared Jones P/IF R/R 6'0 145 8/6/2001 Whittier, California La Mirada High School 2020
22 Ethan Long P/OF R/R 6'0 155 5/10/2001 Gilbert, Arizona Corona del Sol High School 2020
3 Zach Martinez P/IF R/R 5'7 140 1/6/2001 Peoria, Arizona Joy Christian School 2019
26 Joe Naranjo P/IF L/L 5'11 175 5/11/2001 Chino, California Ruben S. Ayala High School 2019
4 Colton Olasin IF/OF R/R 5'6 160 4/17/2001 Spring Hill, Florida Northside Christian School 2019
15 Wesley Scott P/IF R/R 6'0 185 3/2/2001 Riverside, California Woodcrest Christian High School 2019
21 Landon Sims P/OF R/R 6'1 180 1/3/2001 Cumming, Georgia South Forsyth High School 2019
2 Anthony Volpe IF R/R 5'9 130 4/28/2001 Watchung, New Jersey Delbarton School 2019
29 Nate Wohlgemuth OF/P R/R 5'10 185 5/30/2001 Owasso, Oklahoma Owasso High School 2020
5 Carter Young IF/C S/R 6'0 160 1/24/2001 Selah, Washington Selah High School 2019
0 Josh Gould IF R/R 5'10 160 5/21/2000 Bedford, New Hampshire Bedford High School 2018

2016 15U National Team Coaches

# Name Position
19 Mike Strickland Manager
9 Rob Shabansky Pitching Coach
8 Drew Briese Assistant Coach
10 Jason Maxwell Assistant Coach

2016 15U National Team Administration

Name Position
Brooks Webb General Manager
Scott Stansbury Athletic Trainer
Russell Dorn Press Officer

12U National Team

# Name Position B/T DOB Hometown
2 Michael Romero IF/RHP L/R 1/12/2004 San Diego, California
6 Marcos Rosales IF/OF S/R 5/8/2004 West Covina, California
7 Steven Milam RHP/IF S/R 8/11/2004 Las Cruces, New Mexico
10 Kai Caranto RHP/IF R/R 1/3/2005 Santa Clarita, California
11 Brandon Barriera LHP/IF L/L 3/4/2004 Coconut, California
12 Owen Egan OF/RHP R/R 1/6/2005 Yucaipa, California
13 Dawson Campbell LHP/OF L/L 2/18/2004 Oxford, Alabama
14 Karson Bowen C/RHP R/R 7/1/2004 Anaheim Hills, California
15 Cutter Coffey RHP/IF R/R 5/21/2004 Bakersfield, California
17 Nathan Aguilar OF R/R 6/25/2004 Corona, California
21 Louis Rodriguez RHP/IF R/R 4/16/2004 Long Beach, California
22 Ralphy Velzquez IF/RHP/OF L/R 5/28/2005 Long Beach, California
23 Christopher Scinta LHP/IF L/L 5/17/2004 Tamarack, California
24 Joe Brown C/IF R/R 3/26/2004 Petaluma, California
25 Aidan Miller IF/RHP R/R 6/9/2004 Trinity, Florida
26 Mason Neville LHP/OF L/L 1/13/2004 Las Vegas, Nevada
28 Ryder Douglas RHP/IF R/R 1/23/2004 West End, North Carolina
31 Tyler Avery 1B/RHP R/R 1/19/2004 Las Vegas, Nevada

2016 12U National Team Coaches

# Name Position Hometown
16 Eric Borba Manager Orange, California
18 Todd Fine Pitching Coach Chicago, Illinois
3 David Sharp Assistant Coach Huntsville, Alabama
4 Joey Ray Assistant Coach Fulton, Georgia

2016 12U National Team Administration

Name Position Hometown
Ashley Bratcher General Manager Raleigh, North Carolina
Kyle Valente Business Manager Wilmington, North Carolina
Andy Holcombe Athletic Trainer Wilmington, Delaware
Brandie Davidson Press Officer Fort Worth, Texas

National Team Development Programs

Woman's National Team

# Name Position B/T DOB Hometown
1 Marti Sementelli RHP R/R (1992-11-17) November 17, 1992 Sherman Oaks, California
2 Brittany Gomez OF L/R (1994-04-08) April 8, 1994 New Braunfels, Texas
3 Amalia Hopson UTIL/RHP R/R (1993-01-07) January 7, 1993 Sequim, Washington
5 Alex Fulmer OF/RHP R/R (1999-03-17) March 17, 1999 Little Mountain, South Carolina
6 Malaika Underwood IF R/R (1981-06-07) June 7, 1981 San Diego, California
9 Anna Kimbrell C R/R (1990-10-04) October 4, 1990 Fort Mill, South Carolina
10 Amanda Gianelloni IF R/R (1997-02-17) February 17, 1997 Napoleonville, Louisiana
11 AJ Hamilton C/OF R/R (1994-02-10) February 10, 1994 Tallahassee, Florida
12 Stacy Piagno RHP R/R (1991-03-07) March 7, 1991 St. Augustine, Florida
13 Meggie Meidlinger RHP/IF R/R (1987-11-09) November 9, 1987 Sterling, Virginia
14 Kelsie Whitmore OF/RHP R/R (1998-07-05) July 5, 1998 Temecula, California
15 Jade Gortarez IF/RHP R/R (1998-07-08) July 8, 1998 Riverside, California
16 Samantha Cobb OF/RHP R/R (1991-02-24) February 24, 1991 Garland, Texas
17 Jessica Iwata IF/RHP R/R (1991-12-21) December 21, 1991 Honolulu, Hawaii
18 Michelle Snyder IF/RHP R/R (1987-04-04) April 4, 1987 Wenatchee, Washington
22 Tamara Holmes OF S/R (1974-06-02) June 2, 1974 Albany, California
23 Shelby Estocado IF/OF R/R (1996-05-09) May 9, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada
26 Cydnee Sanders IF/RHP L/R (1993-09-19) September 19, 1993 Magnolia, Texas
27 Megan Baltzell UTIL/LHP L/L (1993-11-24) November 24, 1993 Stafford, Virginia
29 Sara Tobias RHP R/R (2000-02-13) February 13, 2000 New York, New York

2016 Women's National Team Coaching Staff

# Name Position Hometown
24 Jonathan Pollard Roving Evaluator Dracut, Massachusetts
19 Matthew Weagle Roving Evaluator Auburn, Massachusetts
21 Kerry Kincaid Manager Knightdale, North Carolina
8 Tim Mayo Manager Enfield, Connecticut

2016 Women's National Team Administration

Name Position Hometown
Ashley Bratcher Director, Women's National Team Raleigh, North Carolina
Emma Lingan Press Officer Fairfax, Virginia
Kim Moncel Athletic Trainer South Range, Wisconsin

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