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2017 Greater Wichita Sports Banquet featuring the Johnny Bench Award
June 29, 2017

 

 

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2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com

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June 6, 2016   3:00 p.m. CST

 

The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced today the finalists for the 2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com. 

 

The Johnny Bench Award finalists are (in alphabetical order):
• Zack Collins, University of Miami JR
• Logan Ice, Oregon State University JR 
• Keith Skinner, University of North Florida SR

 

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 19th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 30, 2016.

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. 

 

About BaseballSavings.com 

In November 2005, Baseball Savings.com became a member of the TGW family with substantial growth occurring during the following years. With thousands of products available to choose from Baseball Savings has become the sport's #1 Online Superstore.  Featured brands include Rawlings, Mizuno, Wilson/DeMARINI, Louisville Slugger, Easton, NIKE, Worth Sports and many more. The site also has a fantastic selection of Major League Baseball and NCAA apparel, for the sports fan. 

 

In addition to its online dominance as a one-stop shop for all players and gift-givers' needs Baseball Savings also provides custom-logo items for corporations, meeting planners, charities and baseball and softball-tournament organizers. With Baseball Savings offering so many name brands and quality products at the best prices, there is no need for enthusiasts to go anywhere else.  Baseball Savings is located in Wichita, Kansas USA along with its online sports family members TGW.com – The Golf Warehouse and SoccerSavings.com.


May 18, 2016 -  Semifinalists Announced

 
WICHITA, KANSAS - The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced today the fifteen semifinalists for the 2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com.


The 2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com semifinalists are (in alphabetical order):
   Riley Adams, University of San Diego   SO 
   Zack Collins, University of Miami   JR 
   Brady Cox, University of Texas, Arlington   JR 
   Brett Cumberland, University of California, Berkeley   SO 
   Logan Ice, Oregon State University   JR 
   Henri Lartigue, University of Mississippi   JR 
   Jeremy Martinez, University of Southern California   JR 
   Chris Okey, Clemson University   JR 
   Joey Roach, Georgia State University   SR 
   Keith Skinner, University of North Florida   SR 
   Evan Skoug, Texas Christian University   SO 
   Deon Stafford, Jr., Saint Joseph's University   SO 
   Matt Thaiss, University of Virginia   JR 
   Michael  Tinsley, University of Kansas   JR 
   Harrison Wenson, University of Michigan   JR


Catchers on the watch list were nominated by their schools. Statistics to compare them were pulled on May 5, 2016. One key criteria in determining the semifinalists is that they must be the starting catcher for their team in 75% of the games. This year 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 6, 2016. 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 19th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 30, 2016.


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.  

 

2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com Watch List (Updated 5/3/16)

Riley Adams                   SO         University of San Diego

Mike Alescio                   SO         Seton Hall University   

Dylan Alexander             JR          Cal State Northridge

Bryndan Arredondo        JR          Lamar University

Jared Barnes                  SO         University of South Alabama

Aaron Barnett                 JR          Pepperdine University

Danny Bermudez            SR         Western Carolina University

Chris Biocic                     JR         Alabama State University          

Ellis Bitar                         SO        Cornell University

Ben Breazeale                JR         Wake Forest University

Cassidy Brown                JR         Loyola Marymount University

Zack Collins                    JR         University of Miami     

Brady Cox                       JR         University of Texas, Arlington  

Michael Cruz                   JR        Bethune-Cookman University

Brett Cumberland            SO        University of California, Berkeley          

R.J. Devish                      SR        Rutgers University        

Carlos Diaz                      JR        Jackson State University

Troy Dixon                       JR        St. John's University

Alex Dunlap                     JR        Stanford University      

Ryan Fineman                 FR        Indiana University        

Cody Gaertner                 SR        Ohio University

Jason Goldstein               SR        University of Illinois

Roger Gonzalez               SR        Winthrop University

Richard Greene                SR        Samford University

Ray Guerrini                     JR         West Virginia University             

Joey Harris                       SR        Gonzaga University      

Justin Hazard                   SR        University of Nevada   

Mitchell Ho                       SR        Western Michigan University

Chris Hudgins                  SO        Cal State Fullerton

Lou Iannotti                      SR        Quinnipiac University

Logan Ice                         JR         Oregon State University

John Jennings                 SR         University of Massachusetts

Scott Kapers                    FR         Valparaiso University

Andrew Knizner               JR         North Carolina State University              

Hunter Kopycinski           SR         Rice University

Jake Kusz                       JR          UNC Greensboro

Henri Lartigue                 JR          University of Mississippi            

Tyler Lawrence               JR          Murray State University

Brian Lees                      JR          Southeast Missouri State University     

Ryan Lidge                      JR         University of Notre Dame

Chase Livingston            SR         University of Rhode Island

Charlie Madden              JR          Mercer University

Elih Marrero                    FR         Mississippi State University

Jeremy Martinez             JR         University of Southern California

Jon Mayer                       SR         Bucknell University

Mac McCafferty               JR         Longwood University

Michael McCann              JR         Seattle University          

Matt Menard                    JR          Baylor University

Dominic Miroglio              JR          University of San Francisco

Tyler Moore                      SR         Kansas State University              

Joey Morgan                    SO         University of Washington

James Morisano               SO         Saint Louis University

Sean Murphy                   JR           Wright State University

Nate Nolan                      JR           Saint Mary's College of California

Chris Okey                      JR           Clemson University

Hagen Owenby               SO          East Tennessee State University

Arden Pabst                    JR           Georgia Tech

Michael Papierski            SO          Louisiana State University

Fabian Pena                    FR          Manhattan College         

Tucker Pennell                SR          University of Arkansas

Chris Perez                     JR           Duke University

Jack Picchiotti                 SR          Purdue University         

Gunner Pollman              JR           Sacramento State University

Kevin Radziewicz            SO          Fairfield University

Cal Raleigh                      FR          Florida State University

Jean Ramirez                   SR         Illinois State University

Jarett Rindfleisch              JR         Ball State University

Kekai Rios                        FR         University of Hawai’i   

Dan Rizzie                        SR         Xavier University          

Joey Roach                       SR        Georgia State University

Jake Rogers                      JR         Tulane University

Erven Roper                      JR         College of Charleston

Chad Roskelly                   SO        Michigan State University

Bobby San Martin              SR        James Madison University

CJ Saylor                           JR         San Diego State University

JJSchwarz                         SO        University of Florida

Nick Sciortino                    JR         Boston College

Hayden Senger                  FR        Miami University

Brian Serven                     JR          Arizona State University

Kevin Skinner                   SR         University of North Florida

Evan Skoug                      SO          Texas Christian University

Will Smith                          JR           University of Louisville

Deon Stafford, Jr.              SO          Saint Joseph's University

Logan Starnes                   JR          Eastern Kentucky University

Jeremy Stidham                JR          Eastern Michigan University    

Gavin Stupienski               JR          UNC Wilmington

Tim Susnara                      SO         University of Oregon

Matt Thaiss                        JR         University of Virginia

Nick Thurman                    SR          UL Lafayette

Michael Tinsley                  JR          University of Kansas    

CameronToole                   SR         McNeese State University

Josh Treff                           SR         Northeastern University

Gunnar Troutwine             SO          Wichita State University

Jessey Valdez                   SO          University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Chucky Vazquez               SR           Lipscomb University

Woody Wallace                 SR           University of Cincinnati

Carson Waln                     JR           Wofford College

Jalen Washington             JR           Ohio State University

Travis Watkins                  JR           East Carolina University

Harrison  Wenson             JR           University of Michigan

Matt Whatley                     SO          Oral Roberts University

Connor Wong                    SO         University of Houston 

Johnny Zubek                    SR           Northern Illinois University

 

 

 

 

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