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National Baseball Congress Announces 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees

Harkey, Martin, Robertson, and Smalley are the newest members


The National Baseball Congress announced the 2023 NBC Hall of Fame class, adding four new members to the prestigious group representing those with a lasting impact or contribution to the National Baseball Congress. The new inductees will be recognized on August 12th at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kansas.


The 2023 National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame inductees are:


Mike Harkey

Mike Harkey was a two-time All-American in the 1985 and 1986 World Series. In 1985, Mike Harkey was the NBC World Series Leading Pitcher with the Eureka, CA Humboldt Crabs. He pitched 17 innings and gave up only one earned run, with 16 strikeouts and three walks. Harkey had another great season in 1986 with the Fairbanks, AK Goldpanners, pitching 15 innings, giving up six earned runs and striking out 12, leading to being named an All-American for the tournament. In 1987, he was drafted 4th overall by the Chicago Cubs. He played 8 seasons in the Majors, finishing his career with 36 wins. Currently, he is the Bullpen Coach for the New York Yankees, and previously served as the Bullpen Coach for the Netherlands national team during the 2023 World Baseball Classic.


Joe Martin

Joe Martin became manager of the Bellingham Bells in 1942, and in 35 years as manager of the team led the Bells to 20 NBC state championships and participated in the National tournament more than a dozen times, finishing third in 1940 and 1964. The National Baseball Congress named him “Sportsman of the Decade” for the 1950’s, and he served as the Washington State NBC Commissioner in the 1950’s, as well. Martin was named NBC Manager of the Year in 1970. Joe also brought pro baseball to Bellingham, WA in the 1970’s with the Los Angeles Dodgers farm team, and then the Bellingham Mariners. The City of Bellingham, Washington named the baseball complex Joe Martin Field before he died in 1981, and Joe Martin Field is the current home of the Bellingham Bells, who play in the West Coast College League.


Josh Robertson

Josh Robertson played in eight NBC World Series for the Wichita Jets, Wichita Twins (Derby), Sluggers, Park City Cowboys, Wichita Titans, Haysville Angels, and the San Diego Stars. As a coach, he led the Wichita Twins to three consecutive appearances in the NBC World Series during the late 90’s. From 1999 – 2018, he served as Operations Manager, Stadium and Baseball Operations Manager, Tournament Director, Assistant General Manager, General Manager, President, and Consultant for the NBC World Series. Robertson also served on the Board for Hap Dumont Youth Baseball and USA Baseball. During that same period, he served as the Assistant GM and Co-GM for the Wichita Wranglers and President/GM for the Wichita Wingnuts.


Roy Smalley III

Roy Smalley was a two-time All-American at shortstop with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots (1972) and Boulder Collegians (1973). In 1971, he was named to the National Tournament Honor Roll and appeared in 6 games to help the Boulder Collegians finish 4th. In 1972, he played in 8 games, going 11-for-25 with 8 runs scored and was again named to the National Tournament Honor Roll as the Glacier Pilots finished second overall. Smalley returned to the World Series in 1973 with Boulder, leading the tournament in both extra base hits and homeruns. The Collegians were the best offensive team in 73’ as they finished 4th led by Smalley’s bat. After his NBC career, he went on to play for 13 seasons in the Major Leagues, with Texas, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and retired with the Minnesota Twins. He was selected as a shortstop for the American League All-Stars in 1979. His father, Roy Smalley II, played 10 years in the Majors, and his uncle was Gene Mauch.


The 2023 NBC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place preceding the Championship game of the 89th NBC World Series, powered by Evergy, on August 12th at 6:15pm at Eck Stadium in Wichita. More information on the tournament and tickets can be found at



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Ryan Helsley Named 2023 National Baseball Congress Graduate of the Year

The National Baseball Congress announced today that St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley is the 2023 NBC Graduate of the Year.  Helsley played in 2014 as a member of the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League.  During the 2014 NBC World Series, Helsley made an appearance in the championship game, striking out two batters to help the Foresters win the championship.

“The summer I played for the Santa Barbara Foresters was some of the most fun I’ve had playing baseball,” said Helsley, “Being able to meet guys that were from all over the country and coming together as one team was a great experience and something that I think helped me in my baseball career.”

The Graduate of the Year Award has been presented to an NBC Alumni member every year since 1975, based on their MLB performance in the previous season.  Past winners of the award include Aaron Judge, Alex Gordon, and Tim Anderson.

In 2015, Ryan Helsley was drafted in the 5th round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.  After a few years in the minor leagues, Helsley made his debut in 2019, and instantly performed well, posting a 2.95 ERA for the Cardinals that season.  In 2022, Helsley had one of the best ERAs in the league at 1.25.  Additionally, he accounted for 19 saves and punched out 94 batters.  Helsley’s performance during the season led to being named an All-Star and was ranked as one of MLB Now’s Top 10 Relief Pitchers leading up to the 2023 season.

The 89th NBC World Series, powered by Evergy, runs August 3rd-12th.  All games will be played at Wichita State’s Eck Stadium, home of Tyler Field.  Tickets are available at or by calling 316-265-6236.

August 20, 2019 vs Brewers. Credit: Billy Hurst/St. Louis Cardinals

2023 NBC Promotional Schedule

National Baseball Congress Announces Promotions for 89th NBC World Series 

The National Baseball Congress World Series, powered by Evergy, returns fully to Wichita in 2023 with 10 days of baseball action and entertainment at Wichita State University’s Eck Stadium from August 3-12th.  Welcoming 16 teams from across the country for the 89th playing, the NBC World Series has been held in Wichita every year since 1935. 

2023 NBC World Series Promotions 

Full Tournament 

  • Youth Wear a Jersey, Get in Free! presented by Evergy. 
  • All kids 14 and under who wear their youth sports jersey to the game receive free entry, when accompanied by a paid adult. 
  • $5 General Admission Tickets available for purchase at all QuikTrip locations in Wichita – Fans can purchase single-day, general admission tickets for $5 at all Wichita QuikTrip locations. General admission tickets can also be upgraded to reserved tickets at the WSU box office for an additional $5. 

August 3-12 – Eck Stadium at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas 

August 3-10: Games daily at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 8:30pm 

August 11: Games at 6:00 and 8:30pm 

August 12: Championship Game at 7:00pm 

Gates open daily one hour before first game 


Thursday, August 3 – NBC World Series Opening Day 

  • Opening Night of the 89th NBC World Series with special guests and entertainment, and your first chance to see the 2023 teams in action 
  • NBC World Series Poster Giveaway for the first 2,500 fans 

Friday, August 4 – Military Appreciation Night presented by Davis-Moore Auto Group 

  • BOGO ticket for all current and former Military members with Military ID or DD-214 at the box office 

Saturday, August 5 – Homerun Hangout 

  • Music, yard games, giveaways, and prizes 

Sunday, August 6 – Kids Take Over presented by Mel Hambleton Ford 

  • Kids have the opportunity to see behind the scenes as PA announcer, emcee, photographer, grounds crew and more. Pre-registration required – more information at 
  • Root Beer Float Day – Root beer floats available for purchase 

Monday, August 7 – Giveback Day 

  • Food Drive benefitting Kansas Food Bank 

Tuesday, August 8 – Teacher Appreciation Day

  • BOGO tickets for all local educators and school employees with work ID at the box office 

Wednesday, August 9 – First Responders Night 

  • BOGO Tickets for all first responders and medical personnel 
  • Emergency & work vehicle display 

Thursday, August 10 – Aviation Night & Women in Sports Night 

  • Appearance by Maybelle Blair, former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player 
  • Pre-game celebration of women in sports 
  • STEAM activities throughout the concourse 
  • Special appearances & surprises as we celebrate the Air Capital of the World 

Friday, August 11 – Carnival Night 

  • Appearance by Tyler’s Amazing Balancing Act 
  • Magical experiments and entertainment throughout the ballpark 

Saturday, August 12 – Championship Night 

  • Hall of Fame Ceremony – preceding first pitch 
  • Youth Jersey Giveaway, presented by Burns & McDonnell  for the first 400 kids ages 12 and under
  • Post-Game Fireworks 

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2023 Terry Brewster Award Winners Announced

2023 Terry Brewster Award Recipients Announced with NBC World Series

Community Volunteer All-Star Recognizes Wichita-Area Volunteers


The National Baseball Congress announced the 20 community members who will be recognized as Terry Brewster Community Volunteer All-Stars at the 2023 NBC World Series, powered by Evergy.

The Terry Brewster Community Volunteer Award is given annually in honor of long time NBC supporter and former board member Terry Brewster. Volunteers are nominated by members of the community, and then winners are selected by a committee. More than 50 nominations were submitted in 2023 for local volunteers.

The 2023 honorees receive four tickets to an NBCWS game where they will be recognized during the feature game, and have their story shared. The community is invited to attend the games and help celebrate these dedicated residents who volunteer their time, talent, and resources for the benefit of others.

2023 Terry Brewster Community Volunteer Award Honorees

NBCWS Game Honoree Company Volunteer Organization(s)
Thurs August 3 Ennidh Allender Evergy KS Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Evergy VISTA, KHEDF
Thurs August 3 JoAnn Yager Salvation Army
Fri August 4 Ashley King Sojourner’s Coffee Sojourners/Passageways
Fri August 4 349 ARS/SEL McConnell Air Force Base Rainbows United, Inc.
Fri August 4 Kody McDowell Prime Fit Youth Foundation
Sat August 5 Jim Reid Textron (retired) Giving The Basics Wichita
Sun August 6 Carrie Baer Make-A-Wish
Sun August 6 Anna Jackson Spirit AeroSystems Big Brothers Big Sisters
Mon August 7 Bob & Lila Keefer Kansas Food Bank
Mon August 7 Kirsten Shannon The Treehouse
Tues August 8 Jim Hall ICT Food Rescue & GLSEN
Tues August 8 Rev. Wade Moore Jr. Urban Preparatory Academy Urban Prep & Story Time Village
Wed August 9 David Delker American Red Cross
Wed August 9 Andy Hall Augusta Public Safety Augusta Fire Department
Wed August 9  Jennifer White Maize High School Cheer Kansas Honor Flight
Thur August 10 Deena Kreutzer Alexion Pharmaceuticals She Runs This Town
Fri August 11 Denise Sawyer Derby Public Schools (retired) Down Syndrome Society
Fri August 11 Lorrie Beck Retired – 33 years of Federal Service The Great Plains Nature Center, Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer’s Association, Kansas Food Bank and Granny Basketball
Sat August 12 Kim Mudd Sedgwick County Sewer Dept. Wichita Independents – Special Olympics
Sat August 12 Denise Hinson Allen, Gibbs and Houlik (retired) Breakthrough Club


The 89th NBC World Series kicks off at Eck Stadium in Wichita August 3rd – 12th. The largest summer collegiate national championship in the country, the NBC World Series is one of the longest running sporting events in United States. More than 800 NBC alumni have gone on to play in Major League Baseball. Tickets to the 2023 NBCWS start at only $10 and are available at

89th NBC World Series Bids

89th NBC World Series Bids

August 3-12th, 2023

Eck Stadium – Wichita State University


The 89th NBC World Series, powered by Evergy, will be a three-game guarantee pool-play, followed by single elimination format. Sixteen teams will be seeded prior to games scheduled for Thursday, August 3. Seedings will be based on 2022 NBCWS finishes as a team or league, and overall body of work in 2023. Total Team Compensation is $69,000 cash, increased from $56,000 in 2022, with the top eight finishing teams receiving compensation.

As bids are finalized, the list will be updated with descriptions of all the teams. 

Automatic Bid (2022 Champion) Santa Barbara Foresters (CA):

The Santa Barbara Foresters, who play in the California Collegiate League, are arguably one of the best franchises in NBC history.  Since they were founded in 1995, they have played in every World Series, posting a 124-38 record all time at the World Series, led by NBC Hall of Famer Bill Pintard.  Their first title came in 2006, and they haven’t looked back since.  With 10 NBC World Series Championships, the Foresters return to this year’s tournament looking to win their 4th straight title.  Foresters alumni who have gone on to MLB careers include Jeff McNeil, Ryan Helsley, and Ryan O’Hearn.

Automatic Bid (2022 Runner-up) Hays Larks (KS):

The Hays Larks out of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League return to the NBC World Series after making it to the championship game in 2022, under the leadership of NBC Hall of Famer Frank Leo. The Larks are not new to the scene, as they have had 37 appearances in the NBC World Series, posting a 117-72 record in the tournament, and have made appearances in the championship game six times. The Larks have had multiple great players come through the program who went on the MLB careers, including Lance Berkman, Jack Wilson, and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols.

AABC Stan Musial Oklahoma World Series Champion – Tulsa Sandlot (OK):

First time entry in the World Series.

AABC Stan Musial Texas World Series Champion – Arlington Baptist University Patriots (TX):

First time entry in the World Series.

Centex Collegiate Baseball League Champion – Lonestar Baseball (TX):

Lonestar Baseball will make its sixth entry in the tournament, with a 10-10 record. Seven of the wins came in 2021 and 2022, where they finished second and fifth respectively.

Centex Collegiate Baseball League Runner-Up – GPS Legends (TX):

The GPS Legends will be making their second appearance after going 1-2 in 2018.

Five Tool North Texas League – Lonestar Kraken (TX):

The Kraken make their second appearance after finishing ninth (1-2) in 2022.

Jayhawk Collegiate League First Half Champions – Great Bend Bat Cats (KS):

The Great Bend Bat Cats, who compete in the Jayhawk Collegiate League, is one of the newer teams looking to begin their NBC legacy.  The Bat Cats were founded in 2017, and in their first three seasons, they qualified for the World Series.  In 2021, the bat Cats took 5th in the World Series.  This year, they are looking to make another run at the NBC title.

Jayhawk Collegiate League Second Half Champions – Kansas Cannons (KS):

The Kansas Cannons will be making there 9th appearance at this years World Series.  The Cannons, who were founded in 2010, are lead by former Wichita State and MLB player Phil Stephenson.  They come into the tournament with a 25-12 overall record and as the 2023 Jayhawk Collegiate League Champions. There best finish in the tournament came back in 2019, when they placed 3rd.

Hap Dumont Regional Champion: SC Blues (KS):

The Hap Dumont 19u National Showcase is a tournament hosted in Wichita every year in which the winner gets an automatic bid into the NBC World Series.  This tournament showcases some of the best high school talent in the area.  This year’s showcase Champion was the SC Blues, who will be making their first appearance.

Pacific International League Champion – Seattle Blackfins (WA):

The Blackfins make their first NBCWS appearance as the 2023 Pacific International League Champions.

Rocky Mountain Baseball League Champion – Liberal Bee Jays (KS):

The Bee Jays continue their record appearance at 54 and total tournament wins at 200. Liberal, as Rocky Mountain Baseball League champions, finished third in 2022. They have five titles in 12 title game appearances, with the most recent being 2010. Liberal’s all-time record is 200-101 and 64-36 in MWE action.

Seattle Studs (WA):

The Seattle Studs, who play in the Pacific International League, are one of the most tenured amateur programs in the country.  Since their founding in 1954, the Studs have been a dominant force in the Pacific Northwest and in more recent years, the NBC World Series.  Since 2008, the Studs have made it to seven NBC championships and have been crowned national champions three times. Tim Lincecum, who was a two-time Cy Young Award winner, four-time All-Star, and three-time World Series Champion, was a Seattle Stud before being drafted by the Giants in 2006.

Denver Cougars (CO):

The Cougars make their 18th NBCWS showing and are 25-35 all time (13-23 MWE). Their best finish was third in 2010. Denver joins Liberal and Hays as Rocky Mountain Baseball League representatives.

D-BAT Collegiate League (OK):

Hutchinson Monarchs (KS):

For complete pool play information and schedule, click here:

2023 Terry Brewster Award Nominations Open with NBC World Series

2023 Terry Brewster Award Nominations Open with NBC World Series

Community Volunteer All-Star Recognizes Volunteers in Greater Wichita Area


As part of National Volunteer Week, nominations for the Terry Brewster Community Volunteer All-Star Award are now open. The Terry Brewster Award, presented by the National Baseball Congress in conjunction with Spirit AeroSystems, is given annually in honor of longtime NBC supporter and former board member Terry Brewster.

Nominations for the 2023 Terry Brewster Award can be submitted at until June 2 at 5:00pm CST. Fill out a nomination form here

Volunteers from any local non-profit can be nominated by members of the community for their commitment to improving the places in which they live, work, and play, and then the winners are selected by a committee of local professionals and community members. More than 50 nominations were submitted in 2022 for local volunteers.

The 2023 honorees will receive four tickets to an NBCWS game where they will be recognized during the feature game, and have their story shared. The community is invited to attend the games and help celebrate these dedicated residents who volunteer their time, talent and resources for the benefit of others.

The 89th NBC World Series, powered by Evergy, will be August 3-12th, 2023 at Eck Stadium, located at Wichita State University. The largest summer collegiate national championship in the country, the NBC World Series is one of the longest running sporting events in the country. More than 800 NBC alumni have gone on to play in Major League Baseball. Tickets to the 2023 NBCWS will go on sale in June.

Katie Woods Named NBC World Series Tournament Director

Katie Woods has been named tournament director for the National Baseball Congress World Series, becoming the ninth director dating back to 1935.

Woods has spent the last 13 years in Minor League Baseball as an innovative and celebrated minor league executive, serving as the Assistant General Manager of both the Lancaster JetHawks (CA) and Everett AquaSox (WA), and most recently the Director of Marketing & Community Engagement for the Wichita Wind Surge.

Woods has been honored as Female Executive of the Year three times in MiLB, twice in the Northwest League with Everett (2013 & 2015), and once in the California League with Lancaster (2019). She was instrumental in the execution of the 2013 NWL All-Star Game events and operations and has consulted on business operations for teams around the country.

In her new role, Woods will lead all aspects of the NBC World Series, including team selection, tournament operations, budget, schedule, promotions, merchandise, and marketing.

“The NBC World Series is a storied tradition in Wichita, and I’m looking forward to leading the tournament’s growth and evolution as we celebrate its 89th year and beyond,” said Woods. “Not only has the NBC World Series been home to the next generation of Major League players for decades, but its innovative fan experience and rich history makes it one of the most unique tournaments in the country.”

Woods takes the helm of the NBC World Series from Kevin Jenks, who has served as tournament director since 2014, and is now president of the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

“Katie’s passion for baseball, relationships and guest experience is unparalleled. The NBC deserves a dedicated individual with new ideas and a proven track record. Katie is aware of our tradition, but it’s her vision and tenacity that will create unique opportunities for our future.”

In addition to becoming just the ninth tournament director, Woods also becomes the first woman to hold the position.

“For us, there isn’t a doubt that Katie is the right person for the position,” said Jenks. “Her experience in Minor League Baseball, her knowledge of the game, and her drive to create top tier experiences for everyone involved will be a shot of adrenaline for the NBC.”

Santa Barbara Wins 2022 NBC World Series Title


WICHITA, Kan. – The Santa Barbara (California) Foresters won their 10th National Baseball Congress World Series title Saturday with a 12-1 win over the Hays (Kansas) Larks in the 88th NBC World Series at Eck Stadium.

The Foresters (6-0), who led the tournament in both hitting and fielding, became the third team to win three consecutive titles, joining Fort Wayne (Indiana), which won four straight from 1947-50 and Fairbanks (Alaska), winners from 1972-74 as part of a seven-year run of NBCWS Championship game appearances from 1971 to 1977. Santa Barbara also extended its string of wins to 15, tying Boulder (Colorado) for consecutive wins.

The Foresters took control early with six runs in the first two innings and never looked back. Five more runs in the sixth put the game out of reach. Gavin Kash was one of four players with two hits and drove in three runs to pace Santa Barbara’s 14-hit attack against five Hays pitchers. Miguel Santos and Nate Rombach each scored twice and had two RBIs, and Nick McLain was the other with two hits. Parker Smith won his second game of the tournament, scattering four hits and striking out five over six innings. Three relievers worked an inning each to complete the 7-hitter.

Hunter Rosson homered in the fifth for Hays (4-2). He and Palmer Hutchison finished the tournament with two home runs, joining the Foresters’ Rombach for the home run lead. Hunter Marshall (1-1) was knocked out in the second inning and was charged with six runs. Hays collected its sixth runner-up finish, tying Fairbanks for second, one behind seven for Liberal (Kansas). Santa Barbara led the tournament with a .376 average and a 1.29 ERA. The Larks entered the game with a 1.02 ERA, but exited it with a 2.94 mark.

The was the second time that Hays and Santa Barbara met in the championship game; the Foresters won the 2016 title 6-2. The 88th NBC World Series is powered by Evergy.

2022 NBC World Series – Players to Watch


The 2022 NBC World Series, powered by Evergy, continues on August 4th with the start of single elimination play. Eight teams remain as they compete for the 88th NBC World Series Championship, to be played on Saturday, August 6th at WSU Eck Stadium. Learn more about the matchups, and the players to watch.

The Haysville Aviators will play the Liberal Bee Jays at 12:00pm on Thursday. Liberal was undefeated in pool play, following a forfeit, while Haysville was 2-1.

Cade Baker (Nebraska – Omaha) and Arturo Ramirez (Vernon CC) are among the players to watch for the Aviators. Baker is 5-11 (.455) with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. Ramirez has thrown most of the innings for the Aviators. In 6 innings of work, he has a 4.50 ERA and 8 strikeouts while only walking 1.

Ryan Leary (Texas State) and Jackson Berry (Tennessee Tech) are the players to watch for the Bee Jays. Leary is 4-7 (.571) in the tournament with 2 RBIs and 2 doubles. Berry leads the Bee Jays staff with 7 innings pitched and 6 strikeouts. He has only given up 1 ER and has a 1.28 ERA.

The Hays Larks will face off against the Lonestar Baseball Club at 3pm, Thursday as both teams look for a win in bracket play. Lonestar Baseball Club went 3-0 in pool play while the Larks were 2-1.

Larks to keep up with through bracket play include Leo Jiminian (East Tennessee State) and Hunter Marshall (UT Arlington). Jiminian is 5-9 (.556) with 3 doubles so far. Marshall has a 0.00 ERA and 3 strikeouts in 7 innings of work.

Brendan Ryan (TAMUCC) and Nathan Medrano (Houston) are the players to watch for the Lonestar Baseball Club. Ryan is 4-9 (.444) with a double, a homerun, and 5 RBIs. Medrano has been dominating all summer. So far in the NBC tournament, he has 7 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in just 5 innings of work.

Hutchinson Monarchs and Seattle Studs play their first game of Bracket at 6:00pm Thursday. Both teams went 2-1 in pool play but the Studs were the 1-seed coming out of their pool while Hutch was the 2-seed.

Studs to watch include Charlie Larson (Central Washington) and Anthony Brady (Northern Colorado). Larson is 4-10 (.400) with 3 stolen bases and 3 runs scores. Brady has a 2.00 ERA and 9 strikeouts in 9 innings of work.

Sawyre Thornhill (WSU) and Dakota Palmer (SHSU) are the players to watch for the Monarchs. Thornhill is 7-11 (.636) with a homerun, 3 RBIs, and 5 runs scored. Palmer has gone 6 innings and maintains a 0.00 ERA to go along with his 6 strikeouts.

After going 3-0 in their pool, Santa Barbara Foresters will play the TBT Ballers in the nightcap on Thursday. The Foresters are the overall 1-seed for bracket play.

Ballers to keep up with through bracket play are Gabe Irwin (SFASU) and Peyton Carson (Emporia State). Irwin is 4-8 (.500) with a double and 2 RBIs. Carson has a 0.00 ERA and 6 strikeouts in 4 innings of work.

Payton Tolle (WSU) and Nick McClain (Arizona St.) are the pair of Foresters to watch. Tolle is scheduled to throw Thursday on his college field to make his NBC debut. Tolle has a 3.03 ERA in 29.2 innings of work this summer with the ‘Sters. McClain is 8-12 (.600) with 3 doubles, a homerun, and 4 RBIs. He hit his homerun with a broken wood bat!

Live streaming video and live stats for all games are available on, or by downloading the 2022 NBC World Series app, available for both Apple and Android.

Cron Named Graduate of the Year

The National Baseball Congress announced today that Colorado Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron is the 2022 NBC Graduate of the Year. Cron played in the NBC World Series in 2009 as a member of the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League. During the 2009 NBC World Series, Cron played in four games, starting in two of them, and recorded nine defensive putouts.

The Graduate of the Year Award has been presented to an NBC alumni member every year since 1975, based on their MLB performance in the previous season. Past winners of the award include Aaron Judge, Hunter Pence and Ian Kinsler.

Born in Fullerton, California, Cron was drafted as the 17th overall pick of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Angels, and made his MiLB debut with the Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League. His Major League debut came in 2014 with the Angels, and he spent time with the Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers before joining the Colorado Rockies in 2021.

During the 2021 season with the Rockies, Cron batted .281 with 28 home runs and a career-high 92 RBIs and 70 runs scored, and he was named an MLB All-Star for the 2022 season, representing the Rockies in Los Angeles.

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