Dickerson named to Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list
May 3, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- USA Baseball has selected Alex Dickerson as one of 60 players placed on the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list. The Golden Spikes Award is given to the top amateur baseball player in the country.
Dickerson was also a part of the 50-member preseason watch list. The midseason list includes 23 new athletes who have played themselves into consideration for the award, while 13 players have been removed. The watch list will continue to be a "rolling list" up until May 31 when 30 semifinalists are announced. This will ensure that athletes can still play themselves into consideration over the course of the month of May.
The 60-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list that includes IU's Alex Dickerson can be found online.
On May 31, USA Baseball officials will announce the 30 semifinalists for the GSA. The list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of select professional baseball personnel, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of nearly 200 voters in total.
Fan voting will once again be a part of the GSA in 2011. Tuesday, May 31, marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite player for the GSA on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 7, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.
For the first time in award's 34-year history, the winner will be announced live on the MLB Network's MLB Tonight.
About the Golden Spikes Award
Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2009 Golden Spikes Award winner was Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06), Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04), Rickie Weeks ('03), Khalil Greene ('02), Jason Jennings ('00), Pat Burrell (`98), J.D. Drew ('97), Mark Kotsay ('95), and Jason Varitek ('94). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Bob Horner ('78).