Jackie Robinson Award to be Presented on August 11 at Aflac All-American
COLUMBUS, Ga., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Six of the nation's outstanding
rising seniors - five of whom are power pitchers - have been nominated for the
third annual Aflac National High School Player of the Year Award, given to the
nation's top prep baseball player. The Player of the Year recipient will be
presented with the Jackie Robinson Award, a trophy named in honor of the late
Hall of Famer. Rachel Robinson, his widow, will present the award at the Aflac
All-American Awards Dinner, which will be held at the Town & Country Resort
and Convention Center on Aug. 11, 2006 in San Diego. Also on hand for the
ceremony will be Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, honorary chairman for this
year's game. The Player of the Year nominees (as well as their positions, high
school and hometown) are:
- Michael Burgess, LHP/OF, Hillsborough HS - Tampa, Fla.
- Matt Harvey, RHP, Fitch HS - Mystic, Ct.
- Justin Jackson, SS, T.C. Roberson HS - Asheville, N.C.
- Michael Main, RHP/OF, DeLand HS - Deltona, Fla.
- Greg Peavey, RHP, Hudson Bay HS - Vancouver, Wash.
- Robert Stock, C/RHP, Agoura HS - Westlake Village, Ca.
The inaugural Jackie Robinson Award, presented in 2004, went to Aflac All-
American Justin Upton, a shortstop from Great Bridge HS (Chesapeake, Va.). The
Arizona Diamondbacks made Upton the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 Major
League Baseball June draft. Last year, Cody Johnson, a first
baseman/outfielder from Mosley High School in Panama City, Fla., won the
award. Johnson was taken No. 24 in the first round by the Atlanta Braves in
this year's MLB June draft.
The award is named after Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, the first player
to break the Major League Baseball color barrier, and recognizes the nation's
top rising senior who demonstrates outstanding character, exhibits leadership
and embodies the values of being a student-athlete in both his schoolwork and
community affairs. We're excited to have them as Aflac All-Americans.
"I am proud to have Jackie Robinson's name associated with this
prestigious award," said Rachel Robinson. "The award stands for all the ideals
Jack symbolized and celebrates the student athletes who strive for excellence
and give back to the community."
The player of the year nominees were determined by official Aflac All-
American Baseball Classic selection partners Perfect Game and Baseball
"These are six outstanding players and most worthy of their selection as
Jackie Robinson Award finalists," said Al Johnson, second vice president,
Advertising and Branding, at Aflac. "They represent the best of the best on
the field and in their communities."
The fourth annual Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic will be
played Saturday, Aug. 12 at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium. The event is
the nation's elite high school baseball showcase featuring the top 38 rising
senior players in an East vs. West match-up. The game will be televised live
nationally on Fox Sports Net at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Proceeds from the game
will benefit the Hematology/OncologyCare Center at San Diego's Children's
Hospital and Health Center.
To learn more about the Aflac National High School Player of the Year
nominees and the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic, visit
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