Terry Francona added to PC lineup
Francona joins Brosius, Eckstein, McDowell, and McKeon
Francona will serve as an honorary manager for Game 1 of the Prospect Classic on June 29. He will be making his first appearance in the red, white and blue since managing USA Baseball's 2001 World Cup Team. The club of professional, Minor League players, which featured the likes of future big league All-Stars Carl Crawford and Orlando Hudson, lost to Cuba, 5-3, in the gold medal game in Tapei, Taiwan. Francona, who also managed the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997-2000, competed on the 1978 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team as well, suiting up for the U.S. at the Italy Cup, and he took home the 1979 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top amateur player.
Joining Francona will be four other Major League Baseball and USA Baseball award-winning players and managers. In total, the group owns eight World Series rings, a Cy Young Award, a Gold Glove, six All-Star Game appearances, two Manager of the Year Awards, a Golden Spikes Award, and two World Series MVPs. Here is brief snapshot of the attendees:
Scott Brosius: 2012 18U National Team manager...Made USA Baseball debut in 2011, leading the 18U National Team to Pan Am gold in Colombia...Current manager for the Linfield College (Ore.) baseball team...11-year big league career (Oakland Athletics [1991-97], New York Yankees [1998-2001])...Three-time World Series champion with the Yankees (1998-2000)...1998 World Series MVP...1998 All-Star Game...1999 Gold Glove Award.
David Eckstein: Will serve as a coach in the Prospect Classic...Will make his debut in a USA Baseball uniform...10-year big league career (Anaheim Angels [2001-04], St. Louis Cardinals [2005-07], Toronto Blue Jays , Arizona Diamondbacks , San Diego Padres [2009-10])...Two-time World Series champion with the Angels and Cardinals (2002, 2006)...2006 World Series MVP...2005-06 All-Star Games.
Terry Francona: Will serve as an honorary manager in the Prospect Classic...Competed on the 1978 Collegiate National Team...1979 Golden Spikes Award...Managed the 2001 World Cup Team...1980 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award...10-year big league career as a player (Montreal Expos [1981-85], Chicago Cubs , Cincinnati Reds , Cleveland Indians , Milwaukee Brewers [1989-90])...12-year big league career as a manager (Philadelphia Phillies [1997-2000], Boston Red Sox [2004-11])...Two-time World Series champion with the Red Sox (2004, 2007).
Jack McDowell: Will serve as a coach in the Prospect Classic...Member of the 1984 18U National Team and the 1985 Collegiate National Team...13-year big league career (Chicago White Sox [1987-94], New York Yankees , Cleveland Indians [1996-97], Anaheim Angels [1998-99])...1993 American League Cy Young Award...1991-93 All-Star Games...Currently the head coach at San Dieguito High School (Calif.).
Jack McKeon: Will serve as an honorary manager in the Prospect Classic, opposite Francona...Served as a one-game fill-in manager for the 2009 Collegiate National Team...16-year big league career as a manager (Kansas City Royals [1973-75], Oakland Athletics [1977-78], San Diego Padres [1988-90], Cincinnati Reds [1997-2000], Florida Marlins [2003-05, 2011])...General manager of the San Diego Padres (1981-90)...World Series champion with the Florida Marlins (2003)...1999 and 2003 National League Manager of the Year Awards.
The USA Baseball Prospect Classic features the organization's Collegiate and 18U National Teams, and presents fans and members of the baseball community with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the top prospects for upcoming MLB First-Year Player Drafts on the field at the same time. New for 2012, the event is expanding from two to four games, with Games 1-2 featuring "Stars" and "Stripes" teams, each made up of a combination of Collegiate and 18U players as drafted by a USA Baseball selection committee. Rosters for the first two games, featuring a total of 62 players, will be announced on the morning of June 29. Games 3-4 will pit the 22-man Collegiate National Team against the 28-man 18U team in a model similar to the inaugural event in 2011. As in 2011, the Prospect Classic will serve as part of the selection process for the 18U team, which will cut down from 40 to 28 players on July 1.
The series will be held June 29, at 3:05 p.m., June 30, at 7:05 p.m., and July 3, at 6:05 p.m. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) in Durham, and on July 2 at 7:05 p.m. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex (NTC) in Cary.
Games 1-2 will each air on a delay, at 12 p.m. ET, July 2-3, on MLB Network. Fans are encouraged to check MLBNetwork.com for their local channel listings. The coverage furthers USA Baseball's presence on MLB Network, which includes exposure of USA Baseball alumni during MLB Network's telecast of the MLB First-Year Player Draft and the live presentation of the Golden Spikes Award. Additionally, all Durham games will be broadcast live online at USABaseball.com and MLB.com. USA Baseball partnered with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) in 2006 to develop and launch USABaseball.com, a premier online presence for its news, scores, video highlights, and more.
The 2012 Collegiate National Team will be led by Tennessee skipper Dave Serrano, while Brosius returns to head the 18U club for the second summer in a row. Prominent alums from the 18U National Team program now in the big leagues include Joe Mauer (2000), B.J. Upton (2001), Buster Posey (2004), Justin Upton (2004), Clayton Kershaw (2005), and Bryce Harper (2009), while Ryan Howard (2000), Mark Teixeira (2000), Dustin Pedroia (2002-03), Justin Verlander (2003), Troy Tulowitzki (2004), David Price (2005), and Stephen Strasburg (2008) are among the Collegiate team alumni starring professionally.
Additional information on the event, including daily schedules, ticket information, videos, and more can be found online at www.USABaseball.com/ProspectClassic.