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We have compiled a listing of sporting events, attractions, tournaments and facility information which we hope you will find helpful and beneficial.
Johnny Bench Award Youth Catchers' Clinic
Join us on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium for the 16th Annual Johnny Bench Award Catchers' Clinic conducted by Just Block It!
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A special thank you for the following sponsors: BaseballSavings.com, Rawlings, Just Block It!, Wichita Wingnuts, Blue River Mexican Grill and RBI Performance Center.
2015 Greater Wichita Sports Banquet
Former Shocker catcher and MLB Manager Eric Wedge will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Greater Wichita Sports Banquet. The banquet willl be held Thursday, June 25th at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, and promises to be an evening filled with fun and excitement. There will be a reception and silent auction preceding the banquet.
Awards presented include:
Lynette Woodard High School Female Athlete of the Year
Barry Sanders High School Male Athlete of the Year
College Female and College Male Athlete of the Year
Professional Athlete of the Year
Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com
And many more!
Wedge was a catcher for Wichita State University from 1987–1989, leading the school to a 68–16 record and the College World Series championship in 1989. Wedge's performance earned him first-team All-America honors, the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year award and he was runner-up to Ben McDonald for the Rotary Smith Award for College Baseball Player of the Year
Wedge has managed 10 MLB seasons, most recently with the Seattle Mariners in 2013. He won the prestigious American League Manager of the Year award in 2007 as the Cleveland Indians skipper. In addition to his managerial career, Wedge played four MLB seasons combined with the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies.
Currently, Wedge serves as an analyst for ESPN.
2015 Johnny Bench Award presented by Baseball Savings
May 14, 2015 2:00 p.m. CST
The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced today the twenty semifinalists for the 2015 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com.
The Johnny Bench Award semifinalists are (in alphabetical order): • Chris Biocic, Alabama State University SO
• Levi Borders, University of South Florida JR
• Austin Bossart, University of Pennsylvania SR
• Andrew Clow, Mount St. Mary's University SR
• Danny De La Calle, Florida State University SR
• Trey Keegan, Bowling Green State University SO
• Kevin Martir, University of Maryland JR
• Darrell Miller Jr, University of California, Los Angeles SO
• Sean Murphy, Wright State University SO
• Chris Okey, Clemson University SO
• Joey Roach, Georgia State University JR
• Daniel Salters, Dallas Baptist University SR
• Kade Scivicque, Louisiana State University SR
• Brian Serven, Arizona State University SO
• Garrett Stubbs, University of Southern California SR
• Erik VanMeetren, University of Nevada - Las Vegas SR
• Taylor Ward, Fresno State University JR
• Travis Watkins, East Carolina University SO
• Matt Whatley, Oral Roberts University FR
• Matt Winn, Virginia Military Institute SR
One key criteria in determining the semifinalists is that they must be the starting catcher for their team in 75% of the games. For the first time since the inception of the award there were several offensively strong nominees that did not meet the criteria to move forward in the selection process.
Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 2, 2015. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 18th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 25, 2015.
About Johnny Bench
Bench’s career honors include: National League Rookie of the Year (1968); National League Most Valuable Player (1970, 1972); World Series Most Valuable Player (1976); 14-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. In 1980, he set an endurance record by catching 100+ games for 13 consecutive seasons. Bench was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989 with the fourth highest percentage of total votes cast.
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