Jan. 11, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball program will have two of its own honored at the "Hot Stove Banquet" presented by the Santa Clara County Baseball Association. The banquet honoring Bay Area players from the Major and Minor Leagues, as well as college and high school players will be held February 5, 2002, at the San Jose Elks Club.
Current pitcher and outfielder Joe Diefenderfer will received one of three Lloyd Christopher Awards presented by Santa Clara County Baseball. Kevin Frandsen of San Jose State, and brother to current Bronco men's basketball manager D.J. Frandsen, along with Andy Topham of Stanford will also receive the award honoring local collegiate players.
Diefenderfer was among team leaders on the mound and at the plate last season for the Broncos, recording a 4.92 ERA in 16 appearances, while batting .255 with 47 base hits, 28 runs scored and 15 runs batted in at the plate.
Former Santa Clara standout and current Tampa Bay Devil Ray outfielder Randy Winn will also be honored by the SCCBA as their Player of the Year. Mike Mussina of the New York Yankees will be presented with the Pitcher of the Year award.
Winn played on the Mission Campus for three seasons (1993-95) and accumulated a .291 career average with 12 doubles, a triple, four home runs, 51 runs scored and 35 stolen bases. His mark of 30 stolen bases in 1995 is the third highest single-season total in Santa Clara history. Last year for the Devil Rays he accumulated a .273 batting average with 25 doubles, six triples, six home runs and 50 runs batted in.
In addition to the awards ceremony, Joe Garagiola, Jr., General Manager of the World Series Champions Arizona Diamondbacks, will be the special guest speaker.
The San Jose Elks Club is located at 444 W. Alma Avenue in San Jose. For further information on the banquet, please contact Al Talboy at 408-446-3443.