FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 4, 2009
Contact: Robert Preston, Jr.,
Former Tiger named to USA Baseball World Cup team
USA Baseball has announced that Durham Bulls pitcher and
former South Georgia State College Tiger Jason Childers has been named to the
United States team that will compete at the 2009 International Baseball
Federation (IBAF) Baseball World Cup in Europe from Sept. 9-27.
Childers appeared in a team-leading 52 games for the Bulls this season,
compiling a 9-5 record with five saves for the Bulls. Childers is in his
second season with the Bulls, his first since 2006. He is excited to be
asked to represent the United States in this tournament.
"It feels great. I'm very happy to be representing the country. It's a real
honor that I'm looking forward to," Childers said.
Childers spent two years with South Georgia State College, pitching for Scott
Sims’ Tigers from 1993-1994. He transferred to Kennesaw State University
where he continued his playing career. Childers was named First Team All
America in 1996 – the same year he helped Kennesaw State win a national
In 1997, the Milwaukee Brewers selected Childers as an undrafted free agent
that June. He has worked his way up the minor league ladder, eventually
earning a shot in the big leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006. Childers
spent the first month of the season with Tampa, where he went 0-1 with a
4.70 ERA in five games before going to Triple A Durham.
In 2008, Childers played with the Triple A Charlotte Knights of the Chicago
White Sox organization, and made an appearance in the 2008 Triple A All Star
The World Cup Team will first gather in Cary, N.C. at the USA Baseball
National Training Complex where it will train until Sept. 6, including
several games against the Canadian World Cup Team.
“We are excited to see good things continue to happen to Jason. He is an
outstanding baseball player and an even better person. We wish him all the
best in the Baseball World Cup later this month,” said SGC head coach Scott
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