May 1, 2001
Tucson, AZ – Clemson third baseman Jeff Baker is one of 19 players invited on Tuesday to participate in the 2001 USA Baseball National Team Trials which will be held June 16-19 in Tucson.
Baker, who leads the ACC and is ranked 10th nationally this season with 17 home runs, will be trying to represent the United States for the fourth time in the last five years. The sophomore from Woodbridge, VA was a member of the 1997 USA Youth National Team that finished fifth at the IBA World Youth Championships in Taipei, Taiwan. He was also a member of the 1999 USA Junior National Team that won the gold medal at the IBA World Junior Championships in Kaohsiung China and in 2000 helped led the USA National Team to the gold medal at the Honkbal Classic in Holland.
The USA National Team will be selected from a pool of approximately 20-29 players, of which an additional 5-10 have yet to be determined. Team USA will play approximately 30 games on the Red, White and Blue Summer Tour, beginning on June 22 with the 30th annual USA vs Japan Collegiate All-Star Series, which this year will be played in Japan. The list of the first 19 players invited to the 2001 USA Baseball National Team Trials is shown below:
Mississippi State’s Pat McMahon will serve as the head coach for Team USA. He will be assisted by Dusty Rhodes of North Florida, Paul Stevens of Northwestern, and Bob Todd of Ohio State. For interested scouts, this team will be holding practice sessions at the Hi Corbett Field facilities in Tucson beginning Saturday, June 16. The official team roster will be determined and announced on June 19.
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