USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award
presented by Major League Baseball

Jan. 22, 2008

Overview

2007 Golden Spikes Award winner David Price.
(USA Baseball)

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For the last 30 years, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. The award is sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented each year to the player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.

In 2007, Vanderbilt University lefthander David Price won the prestigious award. Past winners include Major Leaguers Tim Lincecum, Alex Gordon, Khalil Greene, J.D. Drew, Jason Varitek, Mark Prior, Mark Kotsay and Jason Jennings.

View a complete listing of winners and finalists:
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2008 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award presented by Major League Baseball

When the Golden Spikes Award is presented to the top amateur player in the country on July 16, 2008, it will mark the first time the award has been presented live via an awards show to the entire country.

Based on the nominations from sports information directors across the country, USA Baseball has compiled an initial list of more than 200 candidates for the award. USA Baseball officials have reviewed this list with a select voting body and unveiled the 2008 Golden Spikes Award Watch List on February 15.

This format makes a return in 2008 after a successful nomination campaign in 2007.

"Last year, we asked the sports information directors to nominate players from their respective school," says Matt Titus, USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award Director. "We think the system worked so efficiently that we want to duplicate it again this year. You get a more diverse body of players from all over the country. It helps USA Baseball because it ensures that we have a more complete coverage of the entire country and that these players are well represented for the award."

Titus said in January that the organization is also allowing for "rolling nominations" to include late surprises. "If someone [not initially nominated] comes out on fire, and by the middle of the season everyone realizes he's having an All-American type season, that person could be nominated before the list of 50," Titus says.

On May 20, USA Baseball officials cut the watch list of players to 50 names. The final list of 50 will now be sent to a voting body consisting of select professional baseball personnel, past USA Baseball National Team coaches, select members of the media, former USA Baseball sports information directors and current USA Baseball staff -- 125 voters in total. Additionally, for the first time ever, fan voting will be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2008. Starting on May 20, college baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite player to win the Golden Spikes Award.

As part of this May selection process, all voters will be asked to choose five players from the list of 50 names. On June 3, USA Baseball will announce the five finalists. Voting will once again commence that same day.

The 2008 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be revealed nationally July 16 on an award show via live telecast from New York.

2008 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Important Dates

February 15 -- 2008 preseason Watch List released
May 20 -- 50 semifinalists announced
June 3 -- five finalists announced
July 16 -- 2008 winner announced