Guthrie, Domaracki And McCall Honored At Hot Stove Banquet
Jan. 30, 2008
San Jose, Calif. - Former Stanford Baseball player Jeremy Guthrie and current players Brendan Domaracki and Kellen McColl were honored at the 24th annual Santa Clara County Hot Stove Banquet on Tuesday night at the San Jose Elks Club. Guthrie was named the organization's 2007 Pitcher of the Year, while Domaracki was one of three recipients of the Loyd Christopher Award and McColl picked up the Frank Bettencourt High School Academic Achievement Award.
'We're happy for all of our players who have earned these honors,' said Stanford head coach Mark Maruqess. 'They are all very deserving of this recognition.'
Guthrie had an impressive season in his first year with the Baltimore Orioles in 2007, posting a 7-5 record and a 3.70 ERA with 123 strikeouts in 175.1 innings over 32 appearances and 26 starts. He had seen action in the previous three campaigns with the Cleveland Indians. As a collegiate player at Stanford, he led the Cardinal to the College World Series in both of his seasons on The Farm in 2001 and 2002. His career numbers at Stanford included a 26-6 record and a 2.65 ERA with 264 strikeouts in 291.2 innings. In 2002, Guthrie was the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award given annually by USA Baseball to the top player in the country. He was an All-American in both of his collegiate campaigns.
Domaracki had his best season at Stanford as a junior in 2007 with career-best numbers in nearly every offensive category, including a .310 (26-84) batting average, one homer (tied career-high) and 20 RBI. He also earned Stanford's Come Through Award due to several clutch hits late in games and was an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection. Domaracki will be a senior at Stanford in 2008 and is expected to see some work on the mound in addition to his outfield, designated hitter and pinch-hitting duties.
McColl will be a freshman at Stanford in 2008 after a tremendous two-sport prep career in football and baseball at Los Altos High School. The 2007 First Team All-Central Coast section honoree and Santa Clara Valley Athletic League MVP hit .461 with three homers, 32 RBI and 15 stolen bases as a senior to lead his squad to its first ever section title. He made an immediate impression at Stanford when he homered in the Alumni Game last October.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, a graduate of Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, was the organization's Player of the Year. Major League umpires Ted Barrett and Ed Montague were honored guests, while broadcaster Ted Robinson served as the Master of Ceremonies.
The Santa Clara County Hot Stove Corp. Committee's commitment to the community of people of Santa Clara County is to provide the opportunity for baseball coaches and players to participate at the highest level and ensure recognition for their efforts. The annual banquet is one way the committee honors the accomplishments of deserving participants within the community. Funds provided from the banquet go directly to youth, high school and collegiate baseball programs.
Stanford's 2008 season gets underway with an eight-game homestand that begins with a four-game non-conference series versus Nebraska (February 22-24). The series versus the Cornhuskers begins with a doubleheader on Friday, February 22 (2 pm, PT).