Friday February 1, 2013UF's Jonathon Crawford Honored With USA Baseball International Performance of the Year Award
USA Baseball announced its annual year-end award winners on Friday and University of Florida junior right-hander Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) was recognized with the organization’s International Performance of the Year.
As Team USA's starter in game one of the inaugural USA versus Cuba Series in Havana, Cuba, Crawford's outing set the tone for the 2012 Collegiate National Team season. The Okeechobee native went 6.1 innings, struck out six Cuban batters and picked up the win in the club's 4-3 victory at Estadio de Latinoamericana.
On the summer, Crawford led the team with 26.2 innings pitched. Along the way, he picked up two more wins for Team USA to finish the summer with a 3-0 record and a 2.02 earned run average. The International Performance of the Year Award was founded in 2009, and Crawford joins Keegan Thompson (2011), Chris Archer (2010), and Jameson Taillon (2009) as the award’s recipients. Crawford will be presented with the International Performance of Year Award at a ceremony next Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center during the Gator men’s basketball game against Mississippi State.
USA Baseball also announced the Richard W. “Dick” Case Player of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year and Team of the Year. The Richard W. "Dick" Case Award annually recognizes USA Baseball's top player while honoring the memory of the organization's founding Executive Director/CEO. In conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the organization also named its National, Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year recipients.
The 2012 World Champion 18U National Team was honored with three of the organization's awards. The gold medal-winning squad was named Team of the Year, manager Scott Brosius was named National Coach of the Year, and Reese McGuire, who went 2-for-3 with two crucial RBI in the gold medal game, was honored as the Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year award winner.
“The 18U National Team had a tremendous summer and for Scott to take home Coach of the Year honors for the second-consecutive year speaks to the high-level of success the program has had under his leadership,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “We have a well-deserving group of award winners across all of our programs, and we congratulate all of them on their successes, both on and off the field in 2012.”
McGuire, a senior at Kentwood High School in Covington, Wash., was a catalyst for the 18U National Team at the IBAF AAA/18U World Championships in Seoul, South Korea, last September. McGuire displayed his versatility by appearing at five different positions (C, 3B, 1B, OF, DH) for Team USA during the summer. He finished 14-for-35 (.400) with a .522 OBP, nine runs scored and a team-leading 11 RBIs over 13 games. In the gold medal game, McGuire scored Team USA's first run and drove in two decisive runs in the 6-2 victory over Canada.
McGuire becomes the second-consecutive 18U National Team member to win the Richard W. “Dick” Case Player of the Year. Six-time USA Baseball alum Albert Almora took home the award in 2011. Other past winners include Stephen Strasburg (2008), J.P. Arencibia (2006), Ryan Zimmerman (2004) and Ben Sheets (2000). McGuire has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of San Diego and is a top prospect for the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft. McGuire will be presented with the Player of the Year Award during a ceremony at his high school on Feb. 5.
Brosius returned in 2012 for a second stint with the 18U National Team program. He capped 2011's perfect 9-0 record and a gold medal at the 18U Pan Ams with 2012's 18U World Championship. The three-time World Series champion and 1998 World Series MVP with the New York Yankees is entering his sixth season as head baseball coach at Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.). Brosius joins Davey Johnson (2005-07) as the only coaches to win back-to-back National Coach of the Year awards.
The World Championship was the first for the 18U program since 1999. The 18U club placed two athletes on the All-Tournament Team, including tournament MVP Christian Arroyo, and members of the U.S. team paced the event in RBI, stolen bases, runs scored, and ERA. This marks the second time the 18U program has received team of the year recognition (1997). Brosius was joined on his 18U staff by pitching coach Jim Lawler (Midland, Texas) and assistants Brooks Badeaux (Lafayette, La.) and Travis Chapman (Jacksonville, Fla.).
Tamara Holmes (Albany, Calif.), a three-time USA Baseball Women's National Team alum, paced the silver medal-winning 2012 squad with a .679 batting average and .735 on base percentage at the IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Holmes appeared in all nine of the team's games and recorded nine RBIs and 10 runs scored. In a 17-4 semifinal win over Canada, she went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Holmes was named the tournament's “Leading Hitter” and was the All-World Cup Team designated hitter. Holmes joins Jenna Marston (2010), Donna Mills (2006) and Laura Brenneman (2004) as a recipient of the Sportswoman of the Year Award.
In addition to Brosius’ recognition as USA Baseball’s National Coach of the Year, the organization also honored 2012 14U and 17U National Team Development Program manager Eric Kibler with its Developmental Coach of the Year Award and Dennis Cook with its Volunteer Coach of the Year Award.
As the 14U and 17U National Team Development Program field coordinator, Kibler developed and managed all on-field curriculum during the programs’ inaugural year in Cary, N.C., in August. Each program included 40 athletes and served as a tool for the organization to prepare players for future competition at the national team level. Kibler has worked with USA Baseball in a variety of capacities and was the organization's 2010 National Coach of the Year. He is the head coach at Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Cook served as a volunteer instructor, task force member and coach for USA Baseball in 2012, working closely with the organization’s 17U National Team Development Program and events at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. He is a former Major League pitcher and World Series champion (Florida Marlins, 1997).
The USOC annually honors one Sportsman and Team of the Year from nominations from its National Governing Bodies (NGB). USA Baseball’s nominations for the awards also serve as the organization’s selections for the Dick Case Player of the Year and Team of the Year Awards.
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