Landon Powell

Landon Reed Powell (born March 19, 1982) is an American collegiate baseball coach and former professional catcher. Powell played in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics from 2009 to 2011. He was the catcher during Dallas Braden's perfect game on May 9, 2010.

Landon Powell
Landon Powell on September 2, 2009
Powell with the Oakland Athletics
Catcher
Born: March 19, 1982 (age 37)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 2009, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2011, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.207
Home runs10
Runs batted in45
Teams
Career highlights and awards

High school

Powell led Apex High School in Apex, North Carolina to the 2000 4-A state championship as a junior.[1] Because he was already 18 years old, he was eligible to enter the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft and did so. However, he went undrafted because his agent, Scott Boras, did not inform teams he was available.[2] This made Powell a free agent, but he chose to attend college after failing to receive an acceptable offer from an MLB club. This loophole in the drafting system was later closed due to this incident and one a year later involving pitcher Jeremy Bonderman.[2]

College

Powell attended the University of South Carolina. In 2002, his first season playing for them, he had a .292 batting average with 12 home runs and was part of the team that went to the 2002 College World Series. They went all the way to the finals and lost to the Texas Longhorns. Powell continued to play for the University of South Carolina and was third on the team in batting average in 2003 (.339) and 2004 (.328). Both those years, he helped his team to the playoffs, but did not get as far as the first time.

In 2010, Powell was named to the NCAA World Series Legends Team. He and Ryan Garko were named as catchers.[3]

Professional career

Draft

After three seasons with the Gamecocks, Powell was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft as the 733rd overall pick in the 25th round. He did not sign with the Cubs and opted instead to play another season with the University of South Carolina. After his final season there, he entered the draft again in 2004 and the switch hitting catcher was taken in the 1st round by the Oakland Athletics as the 24th overall pick and was the Athletics' first overall pick.

Oakland Athletics

Upon signing with the Athletics on July 22, 2004, he was assigned to play for the Single-A Vancouver Canadians. He played in 38 games and hit just .237. Teammate Kurt Suzuki, also taken in the 2004 draft, got more playing time as he played in 46 games and hit .297. Both were the organizations catchers of the future and only time would tell who would reach the majors first. Powell's chances were ruined when in 2005, he was out for the entire season when he underwent surgery to repair a left torn ACL.[4] After a lost year, he played again in 2006, playing for the Single-A Stockton Ports and the Double-A Midland RockHounds.

Powell began the 2007 season playing for the Rockhounds. In 60 games with them, he hit .292 with 11 home runs. He was promoted to play with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on June 28. He played just 4 games for the River Cats before reaggravating the same knee that forced him to sit the 2005 season. Powell missed the rest of the 2007 season. He was considered as a possibility to split the catching duties for the major league club in 2008 but with his injury, it wasn’t possible.[5]

On November 20, 2007, the Athletics purchased his contract, protecting him from the Rule 5 draft.

Powell made his major league debut for the Athletics on April 11, 2009.[6] In his first major league at-bat, Powell doubled in the second inning off the Seattle Mariners' Félix Hernández, driving in two runs.[7] He spent the entire season in the big leagues, yet only appeared in 46 games (36 at catcher, 6 at first base and 3 at DH), as Kurt Suzuki for the second straight year led the majors in games caught. He finished the season with .229 batting average with 7 home runs and 30 RBIs.

On May 9, 2010, Powell caught Dallas Braden's perfect game.

Powell was designated for assignment on December 23, 2011 and outrighted to the Sacramento River Cats on January 5, 2012. On March 9, 2012, Powell was released by the Athletics.[8]

Houston Astros

On March 14, 2012, Powell signed a minor league deal with the Houston Astros with an invite to spring training.[9] On April 3, 2012, Houston assigned him to the Oklahoma City RedHawks.[10]

New York Mets

On January 18, 2013, Powell signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets with an invite to spring training.[11]

Reassigned to AAA Las Vegas 51s on March 30, 2013. On June 8, 2013 the Las Vegas 51s released Powell from his contract.

Coaching

On May 9, 2014, Powell was hired by North Greenville University, a Division II school located in Tigerville, South Carolina, to be the head coach of the baseball team. [12]

Personal life

On January 25, 2013, Powell and his wife Allyson lost their infant daughter Izzy, who died from Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. Powell continues to raise awareness for the need for organ donation, due to his own struggles with autoimmune hepatitis. The Powells have two other children, a son and another daughter.[13]

References

  1. ^ http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/powell_landon00.html
  2. ^ a b http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/highschool/050302hsnotes.html
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Slusser, Susan (2005-03-20). "Meyer, hopeful as starter, shows progress in victory". sfgate.com. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
  5. ^ Slusser, Susan (2007-07-05). "Kennedy walks 4, retires 2, takes loss". sfgate.com. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
  6. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?n1=powella01&t=b&year=2009
  7. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/OAK/OAK200904110.shtml
  8. ^ Shea, John (March 9, 2012). "Landon Powell on release by A;s: 'It's something I knew was coming'". San Francisco Gate.
  9. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (March 14, 2012). "Astros Sign Landon Powell". MLB Trade Rumors.
  10. ^ Campbell, Steve (April 3, 2012). "Astros unveil minor league rosters". Ultimate Astros.
  11. ^ "Mets Sign Landon Powell To Minor League Deal". amazinavenue.com. amazinavenue. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  12. ^ http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/sports/2014/05/09/former-gamecock-star-coach-north-greenville-baseball/8895317/
  13. ^ Rubin, Adam (January 26, 2013). "Landon Powell's infant daughter dies".

External links

1982 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1982 throughout the world.

2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 2002 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its fifty sixth year. Sixteen regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event, with each winner advancing to a best of three series against another regional champion for the right to play in the College World Series. Each region was composed of four teams, resulting in 64 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The fifty-sixth tournament's champion was Texas, coached by Augie Garrido. This was Texas' first title since 1983, but Augie Garrido previously won three titles with Cal State Fullerton. The Most Outstanding Player was Huston Street of Texas.

Due to fears over terrorism and travel security in the wake of the September 11 attacks, the Division I Baseball Committee, which selects the 64-team field and places the teams on the bracket, was ordered by the NCAA to keep regional pairings as localized as possible, in order to minimize the number of plane trips utilized. Due to these travel constraints, teams from the same conference were allowed to play in the same regional for the first time. An example of the travel restrictions came from the regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, featuring four schools from the Bayou State which are located a total of 130 miles (210 km) apart along Interstate 10, the first time (and to date, last) a regional has been entirely an in-state affair outside California, Florida, and Texas. The travel restrictions were eased in 2003, and the ban on conference teams facing each other in regional play was reinstated.

2002 South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team

The 2002 South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team represents the University of South Carolina in the 2002 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Gamecocks played their home games at the new Sarge Frye Field. The team was coached by Ray Tanner in his 6th season at South Carolina.

The Gamecocks lost the College World Series, defeated by the Texas Longhorns in the championship game.

2003 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes four different All-America selectors for the 2003 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), Collegiate Baseball (since 1991), and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (since 2001).

2004 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes four different All-America selectors for the 2004 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), Collegiate Baseball (since 1991), and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (since 2001).

2004 Major League Baseball draft

The 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 7 and 8. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams. The draft marked the first time three players from the same university were chosen in the

first ten picks.

Source: MLB.com 2004 Draft Tracker

2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was held from June 4 through June 27, 2004. Sixty-four NCAA Division I college baseball teams met after having played their way through a regular season, and for some, a conference tournament, to play in the NCAA Tournament. The tournament culminates with 8 teams in the College World Series at historic Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

In the 58th College World Series and the 55th series held in Omaha, the Cal State Fullerton Titans rode the arm of Jason Windsor, named the Series' Most Outstanding Player, to prevail over the field and claim the 2004 National Championship. The Titans won Bracket II with a 3-1 record and went on to sweep Bracket I winner Texas in two games to claim the title. Windsor picked up two complete game victories and a save, and threw more than 300 pitches in the series. Ricky Romero also recorded two wins for the Titans.

2010 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2010 season was their 42nd in Oakland, California. It was also the 110th season in franchise history. The team finished second in the American League West with a record of 81-81.

The Athletics' 2010 season is remembered mainly for Dallas Braden's perfect game. Braden accomplished the feat on May 9, 2010 against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays had the league's best record at the time.

The season also saw Oakland's starting rotation improve greatly. The Athletics, led by a trio of promising young starters (Gio González, Trevor Cahill, and Brett Anderson), ultimately posted the American League's lowest earned run average in 2010. All told, the team allowed some 135 fewer runs than it did in 2009. Cahill, along with closer Andrew Bailey, would be rewarded for their strong performance with All-Star selections.

The 2010 season was the only non-losing season of manager Bob Geren's tenure. Geren would ultimately be fired midway through the Athletics' 2011 season.

Ambassador International

Ambassador International, a division of Emerald House Group, is a Christian publishing company founded in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1980 by Samuel Lowry.

In 1995, the United States office opened in Greenville, South Carolina. Today, the UK office publishes an average of twenty-five titles per year and the US office publishes an average of sixty titles, including fiction.Ambassador International published the last authorized biography of gospel singer George Beverly Shea. In 2013, Ambassador published Healing Hearts, with a foreword by former US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. The book was written by pediatric heart surgeon Hisashi Nikaidoh, known for the procedure that carries his name. Nikaidoh wrote the book about his experience of losing his son Hitoshi in a sudden accident in August 2003.

Other Ambassador International authors include Holly Durst, contestant of the reality show The Bachelor: Season 12 and winner of Bachelor Pad Season 2. Durst's children's book Chocolate Socks was published in March 2012. William (Bill) Renje, author of A Chosen Bullet: A Broken Man's Triumph Through Faith and Sports, won a gold medal in wheelchair rugby in the 1996 Summer Paralympics and the 2000 Summer Paralympics. Husband and wife authors Elizabeth and Kevin Morrisey wrote the book God's Lineup: Testimonies of Major League Baseball Players , which features several players, including Landon Powell, Trot Nixon, Stephen Drew and Matt Diaz. Ambassador International published missionary David Sitton's book Reckless Abandon: A Gospel pioneer's exploits among the most difficult to reach peoples in 2011, re-releasing the title with new content in 2013. Preacher and theologian John Piper endorsed the book. The book is dedicated to David's niece, Makayla Sitton, who, along with three other family members, was killed on Thanksgiving night 2009.

Apex, North Carolina

Apex () is a small city in Wake County, North Carolina, around 12 miles southwest of Raleigh. It is 19 square miles of land bordering Cary and is 11 miles south of Research Triangle Park. Eight miles to the west is Jordan Lake. Apex encompasses the community of Friendship at its southern border. In 1994, the downtown area was designated a Historic District. Several buildings date to the late 1800s. It is an example of an intact turn-of-the-century railroad town. The Apex train depot, built in 1867, is designated a Wake County landmark. The depot location marks the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad, hence the town's name. The town motto is "The Peak of Good Living".

In the precolonial era, the town's area was inhabited by the Tuscarora tribe of Native Americans. In the late 19th century a small community developed around the railroad station. The forests were cleared for farmland, much of which was dedicated to tobacco farming. Since Apex was near the state capital, it became a trading center. The railroad shipped products such as lumber, tar, and tobacco. The town was officially incorporated in 1873. By 1900 the town had a population of 349. The 2018 Census estimate places the population at 53,852.

The population boom occurred primarily in the late 1990s. The Research Triangle Park, established in the 1960s, created strong demand for technology workers. Apex began appearing on Best Place to Live lists starting in 2007 and steadily climbed the charts until reaching the #1 spot in 2015. This also drove population growth.

Apex High School

Apex High School is a public high school in Apex, North Carolina, United States, and is part of the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). It is on a 4x4 block scheduling system.

Dallas Braden

Dallas Lee Braden (born August 13, 1983) is a former American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics from 2007 through 2011. Listed at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and 185 pounds (84 kg), he both threw and batted left-handed.

On May 9, 2010, Braden pitched a perfect game, the 19th in baseball history. The next season, shoulder problems were the first of a series of injuries that forced him to retire in 2014 after not throwing a pitch for two and a half seasons.

Dallas Braden's perfect game

On May 9, 2010, Major League Baseball pitcher Dallas Braden pitched a perfect game. Braden, a member of the Oakland Athletics, pitched the game against the Tampa Bay Rays and retired all 27 batters. The game took place on Mother's Day in the United States and Braden's grandmother, Peggy Lindsey — who raised him after his mother died of cancer when he was in high school — was in attendance. Braden's battery mate during the game was Landon Powell, who was called up from the minor leagues 18 days before. It was the nineteenth perfect game in baseball history. Braden, who was 26 at the time, was the youngest pitcher to throw a perfect game since Mike Witt in 1984. The game was the Athletics' first no-hitter since 1990 when Dave Stewart did so on June 29, 1990, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Huston Street

Huston Lowell Street ( (listen); born August 2, 1983) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played 13 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels.

After a standout college baseball career for the Texas Longhorns, the Athletics drafted Street in the first round of the 2004 MLB draft. He won the MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 2005, and was named an All-Star in 2012 and 2014.

Josh Hamilton

Joshua Holt Hamilton (born May 21, 1981) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played for the Cincinnati Reds (2007), Texas Rangers (2008-2012, 2015), and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2013–2014). Hamilton is a five-time MLB All-Star and won the American League Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 2010.

Josh Hamilton was the first overall pick in the 1999 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He was considered a blue chip prospect until injuries and a drug addiction derailed his career beginning in 2001. Prior to the 2007 season, Hamilton was selected by the Chicago Cubs (picking for the Reds) in the Rule 5 draft. During the off-season he was traded to the Rangers.

During the 2008 season, Hamilton was named to the AL All-Star team. He also participated in the Home Run Derby, where he hit a record 28 home runs in the opening round and finished with 35 home runs, which was second-most all-time in derby history. He made the All-Star team the next four seasons as well. In 2012, Hamilton received more votes than any other player on the All-Star Game ballot, besting by approximately 3.5 million votes the vote count set in 2011 by José Bautista. Hamilton won the AL batting title in 2010. On October 22, 2010, Hamilton was selected as MVP of the 2010 ALCS. On November 23, 2010, Hamilton was named the 2010 AL MVP, earning 22 of 28 first-place votes. On May 8, 2012, Hamilton became the 16th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a game. All four home runs were two-run home runs, and he set an AL record for total bases in a game with 18.

List of people from Raleigh, North Carolina

This is a list of people from Raleigh, North Carolina.

South Carolina Gamecocks baseball

The South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team represents the University of South Carolina in NCAA Division I college baseball. South Carolina has perennially been one of the best teams in college baseball since 1970, posting 32 NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 College World Series berths, 6 CWS Finals appearances and 2 National Championships: 2010 and 2011. Carolina is one of six schools in NCAA history to win back-to-back titles. Since joining the Southeastern Conference in 1992, the team has competed in the Eastern division. South Carolina owns a stellar 32-18 record at the CWS, holds the NCAA record for consecutive wins (22) in the national tournament and the longest win streak ever at the CWS (12 in a row from 2010 to 2012) in which the Gamecocks played for national titles all three years.

The current head coach is Mark Kingston, with Chad Holbrook resigning on June 6, 2017. Holbrook took over for Ray Tanner, who was named athletics director at USC after the 2012 season. This follows a string of three consecutive appearances in the national championship series, including two consecutive national championships. During Tanner's stint as head coach, the Gamecocks also captured three SEC titles, one SEC tournament title, six division titles, six College World Series appearances, and thirteen of their fifteen straight NCAA Tournaments (longest streak in the SEC at the time). Between 2010 and 2012 the Gamecocks set two NCAA records for postseason success: the most consecutive NCAA tournament wins (22) and the most consecutive wins in the College World Series (12). In 2013, Carolina set the record for consecutive home NCAA tournament wins, with 29. The team plays its home games at Founders Park, which opened on February 21, 2009.

Vancouver Canadians

The Vancouver Canadians are a Minor League Baseball team based in the Northwest League (NWL) and the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. They are located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and play their home games at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium. The Canadians were established in 1978 as members of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL). They joined the NWL in 2000.The Canadians have won the NWL championship on four occasions (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2017). They previously won the PCL championship three times (1985, 1989, and 1999). The 1999 team also won the Triple-A World Series.They have been the only Canadian team in the affiliated minor leagues since 2008, the first season after the Ottawa Lynx moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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