Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. The award is sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation. It is presented each year to the player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
In 2014, University of Kentucky two-way star A.J. Reed won the prestigious award in a presentation on ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter. Past winners also include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006), David Price (2007), Buster Posey (2008), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Bryce Harper (2010), Trevor Bauer (2011), Mike Zunino (2012) and Kris Bryant (2013).
2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award presented by Major League Baseball
When the Golden Spikes Award is presented to the top amateur player on June 23, it will mark the eighth year in a row the award has been presented via an awards show to the entire country.
USA Baseball will compile an initial list of more than 200 candidates for the award. The list is based on recommendations and will include rolling nominations as well, to ensure that all players are considered. USA Baseball officials have reviewed this list with the Golden Spikes Award Committee and unveiled the 2015 Golden Spikes Award 50-player preseason watch list on Tuesday, Feb. 10.
On Thursday, April 9, USA Baseball officials and the Golden Spikes Committee will release the 60-player midseason watch list. A month later, USA Baseball officials will trim the number of players down and release the 30-man watch list on Thursday, May 7. The list of semifinalists will be announced on Friday, May 22, and that list will then be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel and former Golden Spikes Award winners, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.
Fan voting* will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2015. May 22 will also mark the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite player for the Golden Spikes Award on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names. On Tuesday, June 3, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.
The 2015 Golden Spikes Award winner will be named on Tuesday, June 23, at a presentation in Los Angeles. The finalists and their families will be honored at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Dinner that evening at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.
Important 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award dates include:
Tuesday, Feb. 10: 50-man preseason Watch List released, shaped by the Golden Spikes Award Committee
Thursday, April 9: 60-man midseason Watch List released, shaped by the Golden Spikes Award Committee
Thursday, May 7: 30-man Watch List released, shaped by the Golden Spikes Award Committee
Friday, May 22: Semifinalists announced, selected by USA Baseball officials and the Golden Spikes Award Committee; semifinalist voting begins; voters to select three
Friday, May 29: Deadline to vote for finalists, 5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 2: Finalists announced; finalist voting begins; voters to select one
Friday, June 12: Deadline to vote for winner, 5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 23: Golden Spikes Award presentation
*The "fans" will be treated as one "voter" in the voting process for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award, and their vote will count for ~0.5% of the overall vote (one of 219 voters in the committee). In the semifinalist round the three players receiving the highest percentage of the fan vote will each receive one vote from the "fans." In the finalist round, the one player receiving the highest percentage of the fan vote will receive one vote from the "fans."