Garrido, Kotsay and Windsor are CWS Legends
May 6, 2010
Indianapolis, IN - Former Cal State Fullerton baseball superstars Augie Garrido, Mark Kotsay and Jason Windsor have been named to the College World Series Legends Team in part of the commemoration of the Series' 60th and final season to be played in Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.
The 28-member Legends Team was paired down from an original list of 95 nominees and selected after more than 100,000 votes were cast by college baseball fans, writers and Div. I head baseball coaches.
Legends Team members were voted in based solely on their performances at the College World Series, and not for any regular season or post-collegiate performances.
A committee of select individuals from the National Baseball Writers Association, the Omaha World-Herald and NCAA staff was created to compose the original list of 95 nominees. This list included every former student-athlete who was voted onto a previous CWS anniversary team (25th, 50th and all-decade teams), as well as individuals who played in CWS in the last 14 years.
Texas led the way with five players/coaches (including Garrido) selected from its university, with Arizona State (4), Fullerton (3), LSU (2), Oklahoma State (2) and USC (2) falling in behind the Longhorns.
Garrido made seven CWS appearances with Cal State Fullerton (1975, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1992, 1994, and 1995) and six more with Texas (where he is still coaching). His teams have won a total of five national championships in Omaha - the only coach to win a national championship with two different teams and in four different decades. He was also elected to the CWS All-Decade Team. Garrido played in the CWS as a student-athlete in 1959 with Fresno State.
Kotsay (CWS with CSF in 1994 and 1995) rewrote the record books during two memorable trips to the CWS in 1994 and 1995. He was on the All-Tournament team both years and the Most Outstanding Player in 1995. He had the highest batting average of the 1995 series (.563) and the highest all-time CWS batting average (.517); hit a grand slam in both the 1994 and 1995 CWS; shares the CWS record for most RBIs in one year (7) and second most total all-time (18); and has the highest CWS slugging percentage of all time (1.103). Kotsay is a member of the CWS 50th Anniversary Team and CWS All-Decade Team of the 1990s.
Windsor (CWS with CSF in 2003 and 2004) was a workhorse for the Titans' 2004 title run, throwing a complete-game shutout of South Carolina in the Titans' first game of the Series, notched a three-inning save in the Titans' fourth game against South Carolina, and then threw another complete-game five-hitter with 10 strikeouts against Garrido's Texas Longhorns in the CWS final game. He only allowed 11 hits and struck out 29 with an ERA of 0.86 in 21 innings in 2004 and was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player. Overall Windsor was Was 3-0 with a save in five CWS appearances (32.3 IP, 1.67 ERA) over two seasons.
Other Titans nominated for the CWS Legends Team were former infielders Phil Nevin (1992 CWS Most Outstanding Player) and Justin Turner.
The 28 CWS Legends Team members will be invited to attend the final College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium as guests of the NCAA. The members will be formally honored on-field during the CWS Opening Ceremonies on June 18, and invited to attend the first day of CWS competition on June 19. Mock baseball cards of each member featuring their collegiate photos will be posted on NCAA.com/cws.
To see the official NCAA Release and the complete CWS Legends Team, click here, or visit ncaa.com.
The College World Series will run from June 19-29/30, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Click here to see mock baseball cards of all 28 of the CWS Legends Team.