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Monday, June 28, 2004

Tulowitzki and Ramos Selected For Team USA


June 27, 2004

DURHAM, NC-- Long Beach State sophomores LHP Cesar Ramos (Pico Rivera) and SS Troy Tulowitzki (Sunnyvale) were two of the 22 players selected to played for Team USA this summer. This is the fifth straight year a Dirtbag has been a member of baseball's collegiate national team and just the second time that two players have been teammates.

"It is a real honor and something that I've always wanted to do. It is going to be a fun summer with Troy and I am proud to represent Long Beach State Baseball and USA at the same time," said Ramos. "It is going to be a challenge playing some of the best competition around the world. We are looking forward to a great summer and bringing home a gold medal."

Ramos, who was a second team All-Big West selection this past season after going 12-4 with a 2.29 ERA, aced his tryout on Wednesday with 5.0 shutout innings of relief against Canada to earn the win in the summer opener.

Ramos is just the third Dirtbag pitcher to make Team USA and is the second lefthander. Current farmhand Red Sox farmhand Abe Alvarez was a member of Team USA in the summer of 2002.

Tulowitzki this past season earned first team All-Big West honors and followed that up with Most Outstanding Player accolades at the NCAA Regional in Palo Alto. This past season Tulowitzki batted .317 with 44 RBIs and a team-best 15 doubles. The sure-handed shortstop made just nine errors at short, fielding at a .969 clip.

So far for Team USA, Tulowitzki has gone 3-for-6 with three runs in a double in the team's first four games.

Tulowitzki is the third Dirtbag shortstop to make Team USA, following in the footsteps of current Major Leaguers Chris Gomez (1990-91) and Bobby Crosby (2000). Gomez and fellow Dirtbag Jason Giambi were teammates on the 1991 Team USA squad.

Members of Team USA From Long Beach State: SS Chris Gomez (1990-91), 3B Jason Giambi (1991-92), RHP Rocky Biddle (1995), SS Bobby Crosby (2000), OF Jeremy Reed (2001), LHP Abe Alvarez (2002), RHP Jered Weaver (2003).

Trevor Crowe, So., Arizona
Drew Stubbs, Fr., Texas
Travis Buck, So., Arizona State
Brian Bogusevic, So., Tulane (LHP)

Alex Gordon, So., Nebraska
Ryan Zimmerman, So., Virginia
Troy Tulowitzki, So., Long Beach State
Chris Valaika, Fr., UC Santa Barbara
Jed Lowrie, So., Stanford
John Mayberry Jr., So., Stanford

Mike Pelfrey, So., Wichita State (RHP)
Luke Hochevar, So., Tennessee (RHP)
Ian Kennedy, Fr., Southern California (RHP)
Daniel Bard, Fr., North Carolina (RHP)
J. Brent Cox, So., Texas (RHP)
Joey Devine, So., North Carolina State (RHP)
Cesar Ramos, So., Long Beach State (LHP)
Ricky Romero, So., Cal State Fullerton (LHP)
Mark Romanczuk, So., Stanford (LHP)

Taylor Teagarden, So., Texas (1B)
Jeff Clement, So., Southern California
Brett Hayes, So., Nevada (Utility)

Coaching Staff:
Frank Cruz, Loyola Marymount (Manger)
Elliott Avent, North Carolina State
Mike Trapasso, Hawai’i
Jack Smitheran, UC Riverside

Read the article here.

posted on 6/28/2004 by Jeff Agnew

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