:::USA Baseball News & Notes:::

USA Baseball has released information on the 14U NTIS, the selection vehicle for the 14U National Team

Follow the UNC Tar Heels as they play at the USA Baseball National Training Center in 2008

New USA Baseball Secretary General Young (see also second story, right) named to Chicago 2016 Athlete Advisory Committee

The Town of Cary, N.C., and USA Baseball have announced their annual spring training clinic date

Tournament of Stars host families and 16U Championships teams still needed

USA Baseball has announced several staff member title changes, as well as program name changes
Headlines:
Jason Jaramillo out to prove he's ready
Richie Shaffer one of NC's best
Who's on second? Rockies look for answer (see also Nix story, top right)
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Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets celebrates after defeating Cuba for the gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Nix named 2007 USA Baseball Athlete of the Year
USA Baseball announced Monday that Colorado Rockies second baseman Jayson Nix has been named the 2007 Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner for his play on the USA Baseball World Cup Team last November. The award recognizes USA Baseball's Athlete of the Year and honors the organization's founding Executive Director/CEO. Overall for the tournament, Nix was 12-for-31 (.387) with nine runs, two home runs, six RBIs, three walks and two stolen bases. More »
Jayson Nix was named Most Outstanding Player at the '07 Baseball World Cup.
USA Baseball restructures Board of Directors
USA Baseball announced last week the restructuring of its Board of Directors. The governance change includes the addition of a seat for a Major League Baseball (MLB) representative for the first time, as well as the dissolution of the National Governing Body’s Executive Committee. The move helps USA Baseball fall more closely in line with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Board restructuring in 2003. More »
USA Baseball Secretary General post is now part of Ernie Young's growing international résumé.
USA Baseball, Upper Deck ink multi-year deal
USA Baseball and Upper Deck announced an exclusive agreement that will allow the trading card giant to feature members of both the USA Baseball National Team (collegiate) and USA Baseball Junior National Team (18U) on insert cards in upcoming baseball product releases. The new partnership also includes the right to manufacture trading cards of the United States Olympic Baseball Team which will compete in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. More »
Above is a sample of an Upper Deck Series 2 USA autograph jersey card, to be released in May.
Golden Spikes Award Watch List released
The initial Golden Spikes Award Watch List -- the first ever of its kind for the award-- features 75 of the nation's top collegiate talents, as nominated by baseball sports information directors across the country. The Watch List will also be "rolling" to ensure that athletes who play themselves into consideration by USA Baseball for the Golden Spikes Award are not ignored. The Golden Spikes Award is sponsored by Major League Baseball, and 2008 marks the 31st installment of the award. You can also click on the "Eye on the Golden Spikes" button on the usabaseball.com homepage to see what player USA Baseball has taken note of each week in college baseball. More »
Vanderbilt 3B and '07 Golden Spikes Award finalist Pedro Alvarez is among those named to the list.
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