May 21, 2010
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Florida State’s Mike McGee was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy as announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the College Baseball Foundation. McGee is one of 25 semifinalists for the Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball.
“Michael is a young man that has meant so much to our program,” said head coach Mike Martin. “He is an outstanding student on top of being one of the best two-way players in the nation. I am just very proud of him.”
“It’s an honor to be in the running for this award,” said McGee. “Any time you are nominated for an award of this magnitude and recognized among the best players in the nation is a great feeling.”
The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on two rounds of national voting. Three 2010 finalists will be announced just prior to the first game of the College World Series with a press conference slated for Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. (CDT) at Rosenblatt Stadium. The winner will be named in a national broadcast from Lubbock, Texas, on Friday, July 2.
The 25 candidates hail from 13 different conferences and 24 different schools. The ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA, Ohio Valley and SEC each led the way with three semifinalists. Nine different positions afield, including five starting pitchers, four first baseman and four third basemen among this diversified group.
The junior from Port St. Lucie, Fla., has once again been an outstanding two-way player for the Seminoles in 2010. McGee has played every game for Florida State in left field hitting .337 with 65 hits, 11 doubles, 11 home runs and 60 RBI. He currently leads the team in RBI and is tied for the team lead in home runs.
On the mound, McGee has stepped in nicely as the Seminole closer posting a 4-0 record with nine saves and a 0.43 ERA. The right hander has registered 21.0 innings in 14 appearances allowing just two runs, one earned, while posting 25 strikeouts. McGee has given up only seven hits and is holding opponents to a .103 average. In his first and only start of the season back on March 8 at Jacksonville, McGee no-hit the Dolphins over 6.0 innings. Eight of his nine saves have come in league play as he ranks second in the ACC in that category.
McGee becomes FSU’s first semifinalist for the Howser Trophy since Buster Posey won the award in 2008. J.D. Drew was the first Seminole to win the award receiving the honor in 1997.
“To be mentioned in the same sentence as Buster and J.D. Drew is pretty cool,” added McGee. “It is really hard for me to imagine that I would be put in the same category as some of the greatest players to have played college baseball.”
The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award.
“Certainly, the trophy itself means so much to all of us because of what Dick meant to Florida State,” added Martin. “We are just very proud that we have a Seminole now in the running for the award. Michael has meant so much to our program for three years and we are just excited for him.”
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.
A Florida native, Howser was twice an All-America shortstop at Florida State University (1957-58), then coached the Seminoles in 1979 after a career as a major league player and coach. After one year in the college ranks, Howser returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser.
The winner’s name is inscribed on the permanent trophy, a bronze bust of Howser displayed at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg – home of the defending American League champion Tampa Bay Rays and the 1999 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four – along with several other locations. Both the winner and his school receive a special trophy to keep.
2010 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalists
Pos. Name, School
Daniel Bibona, P, UC Irvine
Zach Cox, 3B, Arkansas
C.J. Cron, DH, Utah
Wes Cunningham, 1B, Murray State
Alex Dickerson, OF, Indiana
Mac Doyle, C, Wofford
Chris Duffy, OF, UCF
Yasmani Grandal, C, Miami (Fla.)
Cole Green, P, Texas
Ben Heath, C, Penn State
Danny Hultzen, P, Virginia
Paul Hoilman, 1B, East Tennessee State
A.J. Kirby-Jones, DH, Tennessee Tech
Drew Lee, SS, Morehead State
Joe Leonard, 3B, Pittsburgh
Zack MacPhee, 2B, Arizona State
Mike McGee, UT, Florida State
Anthony Meo, P, Coastal Carolina
Hunter Morris, 1B, Auburn
Drew Pomeranz, P, Mississippi
Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice
Jordan Ribera, 1B, Fresno State
Chance Ruffin, RP, Texas
Rob Segedin, 3B, Tulane
Alex Wimmers, P, Ohio State