Dec. 11, 2011
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Dec. 1-11, 2011
Georgia Tech sophomore Colby Wren was recently
featured on CNN’s The Human Factor, speaking about a
genetic mitochondrial disease. He was diagnosed with the disease
at the age of 16 and serves as an ambassador for the Foundation
of Mitochondrial Medicine (FMM).
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Former Cincinnati Bearcat outfielder and current
Chicago Cub Tony Campana won the 22nd annual Tony Conigliaro
Award, presented to a Major League player who has overcome
adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and
courage that were trademarks of Conigliaro. Campana defeated
Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a child. A native of Springboro, Ohio,
Campana batted .259 in 95 games during his rookie season with
six RBI and 24 stolen bases.
Former Western Carolina volunteer assistant Bruce
Johnson has been hired as a fulltime assistant for the
Catamounts. Johnson graduated from WCU in 2009. He was an
undergraduate assistant for two years before serving as a
volunteer assistant for two years. Johnson was the head coach of
the Wilson Tobs this past summer in the Coastal Plain League.
Manhattan will have five juniors as captains in
2012: shortstop Nick Camastro, third baseman Kyle Murphy,
catcher Ramon Ortega, pitcher John Soldinger and first baseman
Former American League umpire Rich Garcia will be
the guest speaker at the 10th annual UNCW Spring Training
Baseball Banquet on Jan. 28. Garcia worked for 25 years in the
AL starting in 1975. He umpired in two All-Star Games and four
World Series. Former Seahawk Blake Cross (2001-04) will be the
alumni speaker. He posted 159 strikeouts in 145.1 innings over
four seasons with a 2.23 ERA in 95 appearances.
Former Dirtbag and current Washington Nationals
second baseman Danny Espinosa will be the keynote speaker for
Long Beach State’s 2012 Leadoff Dinner on Jan. 26 at The Grand
in Long Beach. Espinosa hit 21 home runs in 158 games for the
Nats this past season with 29 doubles and 17 steals. He finished
sixth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. Espinosa was a
two-time All-Big West shortstop for LBSU, batting .303 in three
seasons with the Dirtbags.
Former Lobo and legendary baseball coach Mark
Johnson will speak on “Character and Faith” at the University of
New Mexico on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Tow Diehm Facility.
Johnson was head coach at Texas A&M from 1984-2005 and at Sam
Houston State for the past five years before retiring. Johnson
is a member of the ABCA and Texas Baseball Halls of Fame.
Kansas State announced its 2011 Post-Fall Awards:
Mike Clark Award: Matt Giller
Hustle Award: Dusty Maas
Most Improved Position Player: Austin Fisher
Most Improved Pitcher: Robert Youngdahl
Gold Glove Award: Jake Brown
MVP of the Fall World Series: Blair DeBord
Wildcat Ironman Award: Blair DeBord and Kayvon
The College of Charleston baseball program will
have its fourth annual “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” golf
tournament on Feb. 10 at Patriots Point Links on Charleston
Harbor. Registration starts at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at
Auburn signees Addison Russell and David Dahl
helped the USA Baseball 18U National Team to the 2011 COPABE
18U/AAA Pan American Championship in Cartagena, Columbia.
Manhattan will receive its 2011 MAAC Championship
rings on Dec. 7 at halftime of the men’s basketball game against