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Magazine recognizes Adenhart

December 09, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Playing baseball has it's advantages.

Just ask Nick Adenhart.

He plays. He does very well. He gets recognized. What could be better.

Maybe it comes from who does the recognizing and who he gets recognized with. Try Barry Bonds, for starters.

Adenhart will receive the first of what might be a long line of awards on Saturday when he is named 2003 Youth Player of the Year at Baseball America's annual awards gala on Saturday in New Orleans.

"It's good to be recognized for your accomplishments," the Williamsport senior said. "It's all because I play baseball, but it's not the reason I play."

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Baseball America, the magazine considered the expert authority of the sport, will be honoring members from the professional, college, high school and youth levels of the game in its banquet during the 102nd annual Winter Meetings this weekend.

Adenhart, who has been projected to be drafted as high as the second player during next summer's amatuer draft, will be honored for his junior season with the Wildcats and for his showings in summer showcases in tournaments, which includ pitching the Maryland Orioles to the national title in the under-21 division.

"Any time you get recognized, it's great," Adenhart said. "I get excited when I think about the future, but I'm trying to keep my options open."

Bonds will be honored as the Major League Player of the year while Arizona pitcher Brandon Webb will be given the Rookie of the Year award. Other honorees include baseball executives, college players and youth coaches.

The gala will also honor all the living members of pitching's 300-win club. Roger Clemens, the club's newest memeber will be joined by Steve Carlton, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver and Don Sutton.

It makes for an impressive group of players who have mastered the craft that Adenhart hopes to match someday.

"I hope to get the chance to pick their brains a little," he said. "That's exciting."

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