April 30, 2008
Dallas, Texas – On Thursday, April 24, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, working in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, released the 50 candidates named to the watch list for the 2008 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball. Representing Florida State on the list is junior catcher Buster Posey.
Posey leads the ACC in batting average (.465), total bases (130), on-base percentage (.562) and slugging percentage (.818), while ranking in the top 10 in seven other offensive categories. He leads the Seminole squad with 25 multiple hit games and is tied for the team lead with 13 multiple RBI contests. Posey boasts a team-best .523 average when hitting with two outs. The Leesburg, Ga., native has also been solid defensively for the Seminoles starting at the catcher position in 41 of the first 42 games. He has thrown out 42.6 percent of potential base stealers on the year while being credited with five pickoffs.
The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on three rounds of voting. The 2008 winner will be announced at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. CDT.
The Howser Trophy, regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award, was created in memory of the former Florida State All-America shortstop, major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987. The 50 member watch list will be narrowed down to 16 semifinalists with the announcement being made on May 15. J.D. Drew is the lone Florida State recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy winning the award in 1997.
Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.