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Thursday April 24, 2008Baseball's Adams Named To Howser Watch List

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University of Florida freshman second baseman Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.) was named Thursday to the Watch List of 50 candidates for the Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball. The award is presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, working in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

Adams is enjoying a tremendous rookie season for the Gators, starting 39 games at five different positions (25-2B, 5-3B, 4-CF, 4-LF, 1-RF) and is hitting .354. He leads Florida in slugging percentage (.611), RBI (40), multiple-hit games (17) and doubles (17) and is tied for second on the team with six homers. Twenty-four of his 51 hits have gone for extra bases and he is 9-for-11 on the basepaths. Adams is first on the Orange and Blue in SEC play with a .409 clip and has 17 RBI, 13 runs, 10 doubles and three homers through 18 league games.

 

He was chosen as the SEC Freshman of the Week on March 17 after an impressive .727 (8-for-11) league debut in the sweep of Auburn. He tallied three multi-hit efforts and reached base 10 times in 13 plate appearances, driving in a team-high six runs and smacking three doubles. Adams delivered a first-inning single to help the Gators draw first blood in the finale. He cranked a three-run homer in the first stanza of game two, added an RBI single in the second and a double in the fourth after finishing 3-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base in the opener.

 

The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on three rounds of voting. The 2008 winner will be announced at the College World Series in Omaha on Saturday, June 14, at 11 a.m.

 

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award.

 

Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.

 

A Florida native, Howser was a two-time All-America shortstop at Florida State University (1957-58), then coached the Seminoles in 1979 after a career as a major league player and coach. After one year in the college ranks, Howser returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser, who will be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.

 

The winner's name is inscribed on the permanent trophy, a bronze bust of Howser permanently displayed at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Both the winner and his school receive a special trophy to keep.

 

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is in its 109th year of existence in 2008. The organization has long been a vital force in the baseball affairs of the city, both in spring training and during the pursuit of a major league baseball franchise for the Tampa Bay area, and continues its solid role in the 21st Century.

 

NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists. Designed to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport's only college media-related organization, founded in 1962.

 

The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser's death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami, 1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas, 1989; Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990; Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick, Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton, Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, P, Baylor, 1999; Mark Teixeira, 1B, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC, 2001, Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern U., 2003; Jered Weaver, P, Long Beach State, 2004; Alex Gordon, 3B, Nebraska, 2005; Brad Lincoln, UT, Houston, 2006; and David Price, P, Vanderbilt, 2007.

 

2008 Dick Howser Trophy Watch List

Ike Davis, UT, Arizona State

Mike Leake, P, Arizona State

Brett Wallace, 3B, Arizona State

Jason Buursma, UT, Bucknell

David Cooper, 1B, California

Jeremie Tice, 3B, College of Charleston

Corey Kemp, C, East Carolina

Christian Friedrich, P, Eastern Kentucky

Josh Adams, 2B, FLORIDA

Mike McKenna, Florida Atlantic

Buster Posey, C, Florida State

Justin Bour, 1B, George Mason

Gordon Beckham, SS, Georgia

Joshua Fields, RP, Georgia

Chris Shehan, OF, Georgia Southern

Sawyer Carroll, OF, Kentucky

Collin Cowgill, OF, Kentucky

Chris Dominguez, 3B, Louisville

Matt Clark, 1b, LSU

Kyle Bellamy, RP, Miami (Fla.)

Chris Hernandez, P, Miami (Fla.)

Jemile Weeks 2B, Miami (Fla.)

Zach Putnam, UT, Michigan

Jacob Priday, OF, Missouri

Aaron Crow, P, Missouri

Johnny Dorn, P, Nebraska

Johnny Giavotella, 2B, New Orleans

Dustin Ackley, 1B, North Carolina

Kyle Seager, 2B, North Carolina

George Brown, P, St. Johnís

Brian Matusz, P, San Diego

Stephen Strasburg,P, San Diego State

Ryne Jernigan, 2B, South Alabama

Reese Havens, SS, South Carolina

Justin Smoak, 1B, South Carolina

Tyler Conn, RP, Southern Miss

Dane Carter, 3B, Texas A&M

Shooter Hunt, P, Tulane

Adam Carrithers, 2B, UCLA

Mark Carver, C, UNC Wilmington

Xavier Scruggs, 1B, UNLV

Michael Rockett, UTSA

Michael Schwimer, RP, Virginia

Vince Belnome, 3B, West Virginia

Jedd Gyorko, 2B, West Virginia

Chad Cregar, DH, Western Kentucky

Anthony Capra, P, Wichita State

Tim Park, C, William & Mary

Mike Sheridan, William & Mary

Ryan Lavarnway, OF, Yale

 

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