Saturday, June 10, 2006

And The Nominees Are....

It's award time around college baseball. Like every other sport, there is no shortage of hardware being distributed. Let's get a look at some of college baseball's award nominees.

The Roger Clemens Award goes to the top pitcher in the game. This year's finalists are North Carolina's Andrew Miller, Houston's Brad Lincoln, Rice's Eddie Degerman and Washington's Tim Lincecum.

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association hands out the Dick Howser Award. The Howser is given to the Player of the Year in the collegiate ranks. The aforementioned Mr. Lincoln (Houston), Mr. Degerman (Rice) and Mr. Lincecum (Washington) made the Howser final cut, as did outfielder Kellen Kulbacki (James Madison).

The NCBWA has already handed out one award. Don Czyz of Kansas was named the Stopper of the Year. Which, as the name implies, goes to the top closer in college baseball.

As mentioned here before, or at least it had better have been, Jeff Kunkel of Michigan is amongst the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award. Miami's Eddy Rodriguez and East Carolina's Jake Smith are the other two backstops nominate to be given the Catcher of the Year nod.

The Brooks Wallace Award is another Player of the Year honor. The semi-finalist list, issued in late May, is lengthy. Click here for a PDF list of all those included. In addition to those players repeatedly mentioned above, Ohio State's Ronnie Bourquin made the list. Again, unless I slacked off, this probably got mentioned at BTH prior, but there's nothing wrong with repeating myself when the conference gets some baseball attention.