2009 Freshman All-America Team
Our 2009 picks for the best freshmen.
Our 2009 picks for the best freshmen.
Bryce Harper is the next big thing in baseball, but he's also our 2009 High School Player of the Year.
The Bishop Gorman Gaels won 39 of their final 40 games en route to winning their fourth straight state title and claiming Baseball America's Team of the Year honors.
As time passes, Stephen Strasburg might be remembered as the greatest pitcher in college baseball history, and his 2009 junior campaign as the most dominant season ever. Strasburg, San Diego State's 6-foot-4, 220-pound righthander, went 13-1, 1.32 with 195 strikeouts and 19 walks in 109 innings to lead the Aztecs to regionals for the first time since 1991. His 16.1 strikeouts per nine innings ranks third on the NCAA's single-season list.
Our first team of 2009 College All-Americans.
Stats for Baseball America's first, second and third-team All-Americans.
Our preseason high school All-Americans with stats for all three teams
Our 2009 first team high school All-Americans includes a first-ever sophomore selection.
This year's hitting talent can't compare to the 2008 crop, but it looks to be a great year for college arms.
The top college players as picked by scouting directors.
Rob Fornasiere is the 2008 American Baseball Coaches Association/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year because of his passion for the game, for recruiting and for teaching, as well as his dedication to making Minnesota one of the most successful programs in the Midwest year after year. In fact, prior to 2008, Minnesota had posted 45 consecutive winning seasons, the fifth-longest streak in the nation.
The flashy rings, the William Harridge trophy and the American League championship banner they will raise on April 13 are all tangible residuals of the Rays' stunning 2008 success. But there was so much more to their remarkable season, which included their first winning record, maiden playoff appearance, a trip to the World Series, a haul of major postseason awards and—to cap it all—Baseball America's Organization of the Year award.
The year 1948 had its fair share of signings.<br/><br/>President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan and later instituted the second peacetime military draft in United States history. Israel signed its declaration of independence. And perhaps slightly overlooked was the White Sox's signing of 17-year-old righthander Bill Fischer one day after he impressed Hall of Famer Red Ruffing during a tryout camp in Wisconsin Rapids.
In six years under general manager Theo Epstein, the Red Sox have enjoyed more on-field success than any team in baseball. Boston has been to the playoffs five times, winning two championships and coming just one win short of reaching two additional World Series. During that time, the primary goal of the Red Sox has been, in Epstein's words, "to build a healthy foundation that could put us in position to have sustained success." By all indications, the Sox have done precisely that.
Naomi Silver swears she was not trying to follow in her father's footsteps. It was only after the Rochester Red Wings' chief operating officer helped save minor league baseball in neighboring Batavia that she realized how the act so closely resembled an achievement of her father some 50 years ago.
The best is still ahead for one of minor league baseball's most accomplished franchises. The venerable Columbus Clippers will be moving to new Huntington Park in 2009 and will begin a new affiliation with the Indians.
In today's age, the minor league teams drawing the most fans are typically those with the newest ballparks. That's not the case with the Birmingham Barons. Sure, Regions Park is newer than the stadium they left, but that can be said of every ballpark in America. After all, Rickwood Field is the oldest standing ballpark in the country.
The Greensboro Grasshoppers are the 2008 Class A Freitas Award winner.
It's a tried and true recipe for success: Take a town hungry for baseball, give it a consistent winner in a beautiful, new ballpark and then sit back and watch the turnstiles spin. The Greeneville Astros have followed the plan to a tee in their five seasons in the Rookie-level Appalachian League, consistently providing a high-quality product while annually leading the league in attendance, two key reasons why they are the 2008 short-season winners of the Freitas Award.
In their five seasons in the Rookie-level Appalachian League, the Greeneville Astros have consistently provided a high-quality product while annually leading the league in attendance, two key reasons why they are the 2008 short-season winners of the Freitas Award.