HATTIESBURG, Miss. (NCBWA) - The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association, working in conjunction with the St. Petersburg
Area Chamber of Commerce, has released the watch list of 64 candidates
for the 2005 Xanthus Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player
in collegiate baseball.
membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on three
rounds of voting. The 2005 winner will be announced at the College World
Series in Omaha on Friday, June 17, at 9:30 a.m. CDT.
The Xanthus Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida
State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager
who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's
most prestigious award.
Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the
field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified
by Dick Howser's life.
2005 XANTHUS DICK HOWSER TROPHY WATCH LIST
|1B Karl Amonite, Auburn
||SS Seth Johnston, Texas
|OF Brennan Boesch, California
||P Ian Kennedy, USC
|DH Dennis Bigley, Oral
||1B Matt LaPorta, Florida
|SS Cameron Blair, Texas
||1B Jeff Larish, Arizona
|DH Brian Bogusevic, Tulane
||1B Curtis Ledbetter,
|OF James Boone, Missouri
||P Tim Lincecum, Washington
|3B Ryan Braun, Miami
||1B Eric Lis, Evansville
|P Lance Broadway, TCU
||2B Jed Lowrie, Stanford
|1B Jordan Brown, Arizona
||1B John Mayberry, Stanford
|P Dallas Buck, Oregon
||P Andrew Miller, North
|OF Travis Buck, Arizona
||C Caleb Moore, East Tennessee
|2B Chris Campbell, Coll.
||RP Erik Morrison, Ball
|P Cesar Carillo, Miami
||DH Micah Owings, Tulane
|1B Adam Carr, Oklahoma
||2B Jordan Pacheco, New
|OF Daniel Carte, Winthrop
||OF Ryan Patterson, LSU
|P Joba Chamberlain, Nebraska
||1B Steve Pearce, South
|C Jeff Clement, USC
||P Mike Pelfrey, Wichita
|OF Jeff Corsaletti, Florida
||SS Cliff Pennington,
|DH Mike Costanzo, Coastal
||OF Brian Pettway, Ole
|RP J. Brent Cox, Texas
||3B Ronnie Prettyman,
Cal St. Fullerton
|OF Trevor Crowe, Arizona
||P Cesar Ramos, Long Beach
|OF Jacoby Ellsbury, Oregon
||OF Shane Robinson, Florida
|2B Chris Getz, Michigan
||P Ricky Romero, Cal St.
|3B Alex Gordon, Nebraska
||DH Joe Savery, Rice
|C Tuffy Gosewich, Arizona
||P Max Scherzer, Missouri
|SS Tyler Greene, Georgia
||OF Gabe Scott, Alabama
|DH Kris Harvey, Clemson
||2B Scott Sizemore, VCU
|RP Craig Hansen, St.
||3B Brandon Taylor, BYU
|DH Stephen Head, Ole
||1B Adam Tucker, Birmingham-Southern
|3B Jay Heafner, Davidson
||C Brad Willcutt, Southern
|P Luke Hochevar, Tennessee
||2B Corey Wimberley, Alcorn
|3B Wes Hodges, Georgia
||3B Ryan Zimmerman, Virginia
A Florida native, Howser was a two-time All-America shortstop at Florida
State University (1957-58), then coached the Seminoles in 1979 after a career
as a major league player and coach. After one year in the college ranks,
Howser returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas
City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball
stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser.
The winner's name is inscribed on the permanent trophy, a bronze bust
of Howser permanently displayed at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, home
of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the 1999 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four.
Both the winner and his school receive a special trophy to keep.
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is in its 105th year of existence
in 2004. The organization has long been a vital force in the baseball affairs
of the city, both in spring training and during the pursuit of a major league
baseball franchise for the Tampa Bay area, and continues its solid role
in the 21st Century.
NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists. Designed
to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport's only college
media-related organization, founded in 1962.
The Xanthus Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser's death.
Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami, 1987; Robin
Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas, 1989; Alex Fernandez,
Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990; Frank Rodriguez, Howard College
(Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick, Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia
Tech, 1994; Todd Helton, Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J.
D. Drew, Florida State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, Baylor,
1999; Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC, 2001, Khalil
Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern, 2003; and Jered Weaver,
RHP, Long Beach State.
For more information on the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy, contact David Feaster
of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce at 727-388-1000 or Russell Anderson
of Conference USA at 214-774-1351.
Please also visit
or learn more about Xanthus at
• Dick Howser Trophy
official site (dickhowsertrophy.com)