Marlins to Host Team USA

Marlins to Host Team USA

The Morehead City Marlins are pleased to announce they will play the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, on June 27 at Big Rock Stadium. This will be the first ever exhibition contest between the two teams and will undoubtedly add further excitement to the 2012 schedule.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team consists of the best collegiate baseball players in the country. The team participates in an exhibition summer schedule across the U.S. and internationally against the world's premium baseball competitors. Each summer, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team features prominent worldwide tournaments, which includes the Pan American Games and the FISU World Collegiate Baseball Championships.

Many players who have participated for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team have had successful professional careers in Major League Baseball. Such talent includes Jim Abbott, Troy Glaus, Todd Helton, Ryan Howard, Barry Larkin, Tino Martinez, Dustin Pedroia, David Price, Huston Street, Mark Teixeira, Troy Tulowitzki, Jason Varitek, and Ryan Zimmerman.

The CPL will be the only summer league to host Team USA in its ballparks during the 2012 season. Based in Cary, NC where they practice at the state-of-the-art National Training Complex, the collegiate national team will make the short trek to three other CPL destinations in addition to Morehead City.

“I am very happy to announce that the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will be returning to play teams in the Coastal Plain League this summer,” said Eric Campbell, general manager of USA Baseball National Teams. “With the support of the CPL, USA Baseball is able to create a strong schedule for our nation’s best players. It will be a wonderful way to start our summer – by playing against strong competition in scenic ballparks packed with great fans!”

In their short history, the Marlins already have some ties to the Team USA Baseball organization. Newly selected manager of the Marlins, Brian McRae, wore the red, white, and blue in 2010-2011. Coach McRae served as the hitting, outfield, and first base coach for the 18u USA National Team.

“We are certainly excited for this game against the collegiate national team”, said Marlins owner Buddy Bengel. “We try to add different events to the schedule each year for our supportive fans and they will have the opportunity catch some quality action on June 27th.  Eric and his organization have been extremely accommodating in scheduling this exhibition game with the Marlins.”

USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic Team and World Cup Team (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to top player in college baseball. For more information, please visit http://www.USABaseball.com and http://www.GoldenSpikesAward.com.