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Nov. 1-15, 2009
Full-tournament passes are now on sale for the
2010 ACC Baseball Championships, to be played May 26-30 at
Greensboro’s NewBridge Bank Park. Before Dec. 31, passes to all
13 games are $120. After Jan. 1, the price rises to $130.
Individual games tickets will go on sale in April. Each game is
a separate session.
Former Virginia Cavalier Ryan Zimmerman won a
Gold Glove at third base for the Washington Nationals of the
National League. He is the first former Cavalier to win the
award and just the fourth ACC player, joining Mark Teixiera
(Georgia Tech), Doug Mientkiewicz (Florida State) and Jason
Varitek (Georgia Tech). Zimmerman, the first National to win a
Gold Glove, led all NL third basemen in assists, total chances,
total outs recorded and games started. He hit .292 with 33 home
runs and 106 RBI.
Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Dale Murphy, a
two-time MVP in the National League, will be the featured
speaker at the sixth annual Hot Stove Banquet & Silent Auction
on Jan. 22 at Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus. The event
is sponsored by Tommy McQueeney State Farm Insurance Company.
The Hot Stove Banquet is an annual collaboration between The
Citadel and the Charleston RiverDogs. Murphy hit 398 home runs
in an 18-year major league career. He was a seven-time All-Star,
won five Gold Gloves and four Silver Slugger Awards. Murphy was
the NL MVP in 1982 and 1983. His No. 3 jersey has been retired
by the Braves.
Hall-of-Famer Dave Winfield will be the keynote
speaker for Virginia’s eighth annual Step Up to the Plate event
on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. Winfield was a
12-time All-Star and hit 465 home runs and knocked in 1,833 runs
with 3,110 hits in his 22-year major league career. He is
Executive Vice President/Senior Advisor with the San Diego
Padres and an analyst for Baseball Tonight on ESPN. Winfield is
a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame for his career
with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Former UCLA first baseman Cody Decker was named
the George M. Trautman Arizona Rookie League Player of the Year
by Topps and Minor League Baseball. Decker led the league with
15 home runs, 63 RBI, 21 doubles, 39 extra-base hits and a
slugging percentage of .717 in 52 games. He was a 22nd-round
pick of the San Diego Padres this past June. Decker hit .288
with 47 home runs, 28 doubles, 153 RBI and 118 runs in 191 games
during his four-year career with the Bruins. He led the Pac-10
with 21 home runs this past season.
Former Pepperdine head coach John Scolinos passed
away at the age of 91. Scolinos led the Waves from 1946-60,
posting 263 wins in 15 seasons. Pepperdine posted a winning
percentage of .546 under Scolinos. He moved to Cal Poly Pomona,
guiding the Broncos to three NCAA championships (1976, 1980 and
1983). Scolinos had an all-time record of 1,198-949 in 44 years.
The Southern Conference announced sites for
future championships. The 2011 championship will be at Riley
Park in Charleston, S.C., as will the 2010 tournament. The 2012
and 2013 events will be at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. The
2009 championship was held at Fluor Field for the first time in
2009, drawing 17,820 fans over five days. The championship game
between Georgia Southern and Elon drew 2,388 fans.
Virginia associate head coach Kevin McMullan was
named the 2009 ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the
Year. He helped the Cavaliers win the ACC championship and reach
the College World Series for the first time in program history.
McMullan is approaching his seventh season at Virginia, serving
as recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and defensive coach
with the catchers and infielders.
Former UT Arlington hurler Steve Foster was named
bullpen coach for the Kansas City Royals. He spent the previous
three seasons in the same role with the Florida Marlins. Foster
was the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year in 1988 and was
a reliever for the Cincinnati Reds from 1991-93. KC manager Trey
Hillman (1982-85) and third base coach Dave Owen (1977-79) are
both former Mavs.