– The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association,
working in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, released its watch list for the 2006 Dick Howser Award on Thursday.
Arkansas junior first baseman Danny Hamblin was among the 64 players named to the watch list. The Rowlett, Texas, native is hitting .313 this season with a career-best 12 home runs, eight doubles and a SEC-leading 55 RBI.
Hamblin is tied for fifth in the SEC with 12 stolen bases on the season while ranking second in stolen bases in SEC games with six. He is fielding .995 at first base, making only two errors in 406 chances.
The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on three rounds of voting. The 2006 winner will be announced at the College World Series in Omaha on Friday, June 16, at 9:30 a.m. CDT.
The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award.
Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.
NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists. Designed to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport’s only college media-related organization, founded in 1962.The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser’s death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami, 1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas, 1989; AlexFernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990; Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick, Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton, Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, Baylor, 1999; Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC, 2001, Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern U., 2003; Jered Weaver, RHP, Long Beach State, 2004;and Alex Gordon, 3B, Nebraska, 2005.2006 DICK HOWSER TROPHY WATCH LIST1B Danny Hamblin, Arkansas1B Charlie Yarbrough, Eastern Kentucky1B Ryan Strieby, Kentucky 1B Luke Hopkins, New Mexico State1B Craig Cooper, Notre Dame1B Chad Huffman, TCU1B Allan Dykstra, Wake Forest2B Scott Campbell, Gonzaga2B Ramon Corona, N.C. State2B Johnny Giavotella, New Orleans2B David Adams, Virginia2B Jim Negrych, Pittsburgh3B Zach Daeges, Creighton3B Wes Hodges, Georgia Tech3B Matt Mangini, N.C. State3B Ronnie Bourquin, Ohio State3B Neil Giesler, South Carolina3B Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt3B Kelly Sweppenhiser, VMI3B Matt Antonelli, Wake ForestSS Christian Vitters, Fresno StateSS Joaquin Rodriguez, Jackson StateSS Thomas Berkey, Mississippi StateSS Tom King, TroySS Ryan Khoury, UtahC Alex Garabedian, Coll. of CharlestonC Michael McKenry, Middle TennesseeC Chris Hatcher, UNC WilmingtonC Blake Murphy, Western CarolinaOF Tyler Colvin, ClemsonOF Shane Robinson, Florida StateOF Kellen Kulbacki, James MadisonOF Joe Roundy, Kansas StateOF Quinn Stewart, LSUOF Shawn Scobee, NevadaOF Jay Cox, North CarolinaOF Cyle Hankerd, Southern CaliforniaOF Carson Kainer, TexasDH/ATH Brad Lincoln, HoustonDH/ATH Nate Schill, James MadisonDH/ATH J.B. Shuck, Ohio StateDH/ATH Joe Savery, RiceDH/ATH Sean Doolittle, VirginiaDH/ATH Jared Prince, Washington StateDH/ATH Damon Sublett, Wichita StateSP Wes Roemer, Cal State FullertonSP Bryan Henry, Florida StateSP Eddie Romero, Fresno StateSP Danny Ray Herrera, New MexicoSP Johnny Dorn, NebraskaSP Andrew Miller, North CarolinaSP Jason Godin, Old DominionSP Dan Hudson, Old DominionSP Eddie Degerman, RiceSP Tim Bascom, UCFSP David Price, VanderbiltSP Tim Lincecum, WashingtonRP Vinnie Pestano, Cal State FullertonRP Don Czyz, KansasRP Andrew Urena, MercerRP Cole St.Clair, RiceRP Brett Jensen, NebraskaRP Daniel Best, Southern MissRP Ben Hunter, Wake Forest