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08/14/2006 5:43 PM ET
USA Baseball announces 2006 Olympic Qualifying Team roster
USA Baseball National Team of professional non 25-man roster players to compete in Havana, Cuba, Aug. 25 - Sept. 5, led by manager Davey Johnson
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Durham, N.C. -- The 24 players that will represent the United States at the 2006 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Havana, Cuba, Aug. 25-Sept. 5, were officially announced today by USA Baseball. The roster is made up from professional, non-25-man roster players of the 30 Major League Baseball organizations. This is the eighth time USA Baseball has utilized Major-League affiliated professional players for international competition, including the 1999 Pan Am Games, the 2000 Olympic Games, the 2001 World Cup, the 2003 Olympic Qualifier, the 2005 World Cup and 2005 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifier.

Twelve countries from the Americas (North and Central, Caribbean and South) are slated to compete in Cuba, with the top two finishers advancing to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The third and fourth place finishers in Cuba will advance to a secondary Olympic qualifying event to be held in the spring of 2008. The countries that will compete in Cuba are: Aruba, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, the United States and Venezuela. Fans and media interested in following Team USA during the event can log on to www.USABaseball.com or www.MLB.com, where live gameday scoring and box scores will be available for Team USA games. There will also be direct links to information on all twelve participating countries, tournament schedules, stories and more.

Davey Johnson will return to the organization as the field manager and lead an experienced staff that will include Reggie Smith (Hitting Coach), Kirk Champion (Pitching Coach) and Rick Eckstein (Bench Coach). USA Baseball also named Dick Cooke (Davidson College) and Rolando DeArmas (Philadelphia Phillies) as Auxiliary Coaches for the team. Additionally, John Fierro will serve as the Head Athletic Trainer while Dr. Fred Dicke and Dr. Angelo Mattalino will serve as the Team Physicians.

Ten players on the roster have had previous National Team experience with USA Baseball, including 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Mike Kinkade, 1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist Chad Allen, Billy Butler ('03 Junior, '02 Youth, '05 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifier); Brian LaHair ('05 World Cup, '05 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifier); J.B. Cox ('04 National Team); Bobby Hill ('98 National Team); Zach Segovia ('00-'01 Junior PA, '00 Junior, '99 Youth); Nic Ungs ('05 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifier), Brandon Wood ('05 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifier) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia ('02 Junior, '01 Youth, '05 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifier).

A full 24-man roster of the players named to the 2006 USA Baseball Regional Olympic Qualifying Team is shown below:

Player
Pos
Current Organization
'06 Level
Hometown
Adenhart, Nick RHP LA Angels of Anaheim A Rancho Cucamonga Algonquin, IL
Allen, Chad OF Kansas City Royals AAA Omaha Dallas, TX
Bacsik, Mike LHP Arizona Diamondbacks AAA Tucson Dallas, TX
Bourn, Michael OF Philadelphia Phillies AAA Scranton Humble, TX
Butler, Billy OF Kansas City Royals AA Wichita Jacksonville, FL
Cox, J. Brent RHP New York Yankees AA Trenton Bay City, Texas
Farnsworth, Jeff RHP Chicago White Sox AAA Charlotte Franklin, TN
Gronkiewicz, LeeRHPToronto Blue Jays AAA Syracuse Justin, TX
Hill, Bobby INF San Diego Padres AAA Portland Gilbert, AZ
Kinkade, Mike INF Florida Marlins AAA Albuquerque Pullman, WA
LaHair, Bryan INF Seattle Mariners A Inland Empire Worchester, MA
Owens, Henry RHP New York Mets AA Binghamton Miami, FL
Phillips, Heath LHP Chicago White Sox AAA Charlotte Lake City, FL
Reynolds, Mark INF Arizona Diamondbacks AA Tennessee Virginia Beach, VA
Ridgway, Jeff LHP Tampa Bay Devil Rays AAA Durham Summerville, CA
Saltalamacchia, Jarrod C Atlanta Braves AA Mississippi Wellington, FL
Schumaker, Jared OF St. Louis Cardinals AAA Memphis Huntington Beach, CA
Segovia, Zach RHP Philadelphia Phillies AA Reading Forney, TX
Slowey, Kevin RHP Minnesota Twins AA New Britain Pittsburgh, PA
Smith, Greg LHP Arizona Diamondbacks AA Tennessee Alexandria, LA
Suzuki, Kurt C Oakland Athletics AA Midland Wailuku, HI
Tupman, Matt C Kansas City Royals AAA Omaha Concord, NH
Ungs, Nick RHP Florida Marlins AA Carolina Dyersville, IA
Wood, Brandon INF LA Angels of Anaheim AA Arkansas Scottsdale, AZ

Coaching Staff
Johnson, Davey Manager USA Baseball Winter Park, FL
Champion, Kirk Pitching Coach Chicago White Sox Shiloh, IL
Smith, Reggie Hitting Coach USA Baseball Woodland Hills, CA
Eckstein, Rick Assistant CoachWashington Nationals Sanford, FL
Cooke, Dick Auxiliary Coach Davidson College Davidson, NC
De Armas, Rolando Auxiliary Coach Philadelphia Phillies Tampa, FL

Administration
Watson, Bob General Manager USA Baseball Durham, NC
Campbell, Eric Delegate USA Baseball Raleigh, NC
Blundell, John Press Officer Major League Baseball New York, NY
Fierro, John Athletic Trainer USA Baseball Gilbert, AZ
Dicke, Fred Team Physician USA Baseball Scottsdale, AZ
Mattalino, Angelo Team Physician USA Baseball Scottsdale, AZ

USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The organization selects and trains the USA Baseball Olympic Team, the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate), the USA Baseball Junior National Team (18-under), and the USA Baseball Youth National Team (16-under) which participate in various international competitions each year. The USA Baseball headquarters are based in Durham, North Carolina with future training facilities in Cary, North Carolina.

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