HATTIESBURG, Miss. (NCBWA) - The National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association, working in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area
Chamber of Commerce, has released the four finalists for the Xanthus-Dick
Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball. The membership
of the NCBWA will choose the winner based on three rounds of voting.
2005 winner will announced at the College World Series in Omaha on Friday,
June 17 at 10 a.m. CDT, during a live television show on CSTV: College Sports
Television. TCU righthanded pitcher Lance Broadway, Miami righthander
Cesar Carrillo, Nebraska third baseman Alex Gordon and Florida
State outfielder Shane Robinson are the finalists for this year's
All four finalists and their head coaches will be on hand for the live
presentation in Omaha. This marks the first time that the Xanthus-Dick Howser
Trophy will be awarded during a national television broadcast. In addition
to airing the live announcement on June 17 at 11 a.m. EDT/10 a.m. CDT, CSTV
will re-air the broadcast on June 19 and June 25. Please check the CSTV
website for all dates and times of re-broadcasts.
CSTV, the fastest growing independent cable network, has agreements with
distributors that serve more than 65 million households nationwide. It deals
with the top six distributors - Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner, Charter,
Cox and Adelphia, among others.
Broadway, the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year, has established new
school and conference records for victories with a nation-leading 15. The
Grand Prairie, Texas, native is 15-1 with a 1.62 ERA and has struck out
144 batters with just 35 walks in 117 innings pitched. Broadway closed out
his season by allowing only two earned runs in his final 45 innings pitched,
helping TCU set a new school record for victories in a season.
Carrillo has guided the Hurricanes into the NCAA Super Regionals with
a 13-2 record and a 2.22 ERA. A native of Chicago, he has struck out 122
batters and walked only 20. Carrillo has thrown a pair of complete games
and also picked up a save earlier in the season.
Gordon, the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, will square off against
Carrillo in the Lincoln Super Regional this weekend. The Lincoln, Neb.,
native is batting a team-best .382 with 22 doubles, four triples, 18 home
runs and 62 RBI. Gordon also tops the team in stolen bases, having swiped
23 in 26 attempts.
Robinson leads the nation in hits (121) and is batting .434. He has hit
25 doubles, six home runs and driven in 43 runs. The Tampa, Fla., product
has proved to be a major threat on the base paths as well, swiping 48 bases
in 55 attempts. He established a new Seminole record by hitting safely in
40 consecutive games, a streak that spanned from last year's NCAA Regionals
until April 3. It was just the seventh time in NCAA Division I history that
a player hit safely in 40 straight games.
2005 XANTHUS DICK HOWSER TROPHY FINALISTS
||Grand Prairie, Texas
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. The award was created in 1987, shortly after Howser's
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.
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.
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.
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|All-time Xanthus Dick Howser Trophy winners
|1987 Mike Fiore, Miami
1988 Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State
1989 Scott Bryant, Texas
1990 Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade C.C. South
1991 Frank Rodriguez, Howard (Texas)
1992 Brooks Kieschnick, Texas
1993 Brooks Kieschnick, Texas
1994 Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech
1995 Todd Helton, Tennessee
|1996 Kris Benson, Clemson
1997 J. D. Drew, Florida State
1998 Eddy Furniss, LSU
1999 Jason Jennings, Baylor
2000 Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech
2001 Mark Prior, P, USC
2002 Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson
2003 Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern
2004 Jered Weaver, P, Long Beach State
• Dick Howser Trophy
official site (dickhowsertrophy.com)