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Sep '09 27

Justin Smoak receives MVP Award at Baseball World Cup, All-Star-Team named

The 23-year-old first baseman Justin Smoak of the Texas Rangers organization received the MVP award after the successful championship game at the 2009 Baseball World Cup. He led Team USA to an impressive 14-1 record in the tournament and batted .291 (OBP .418/SLG .818) with nine homeruns, 16 runs scored and 22 RBI over 14 games. He only sat out the 8-0 shutout against China in round one. In the all-star team Europe, respective the Netherlands is represented by catcher Sidney de Jong and shortstop Hainley Statia. Paco Figueroa of the Spanish national team claimed the trophy for the best batter, hitting .500 in 34 at-bats over ten games.

MVP: Justin Smoak (USA)
Best Pitcher: Matt Kniginyzky (CAN)
Best Hitter: Paco Figueroa (ESP)
Best Defender: Angel Sanchez (PUE)
Most Wins: Todd Redmond (USA)
Most Homeruns: Alfredo Despaigne (CUB)
Most RBI: Rene Reyes (VEN)
Most Runs scored: Rene Tosoni (CAN)

Starting Pitcher: Norge Vera (CUB)
Reliever: Trystan Magnuson (CAN)
Catcher: Sidney de Jong (NED)
Infielders: Justin Smoak (USA), Hector Olivera (CUB), Shawn Bowman (CAN), Hainley Statia (NED)
Outfielders: Jon Weber (USA), Jose Abreu (CUB), Alfredo Despaigne (CUB)
Designated Hitter: Terry Tiffee (USA)

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