College Baseball Lineup is proud to announce the creation of the Josh Willingham Award, an honor to DII college baseball’s most valuable player. The award is to bestowed upon a player who not only excels on the field, but in the dugout, clubhouse and practice field as well, and leads his team to national championship caliber status. Because the award honors players who help propel their teams to an elite level, only players from teams who advance to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship are eligible.
The award is named after the former University of North Alabama Lion star, Josh Willingham. While playing baseball at UNA Willingham was a two-time All American and tied or broke 14 school single-game, season and career records. After his junior season he was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft and he is currently in the midst of his 10th season at the highest professional level.
The semifinalists for the 2013 will be named this week prior to the start of the extended NCAA postseason. The determination of candidates and initial voting for the award will be made by a select panel of baseball sports information contacts and media members. Once a group of finalists are selected, the panel will vote again with a fan Internet vote also contributing to the of the winner.
The finalists are scheduled to be named on Monday, May 20th. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the DII Baseball Championship held in Cary, NC from May 25th to June 1st.
For more information about the award visit www.willinghamaward.com.