Blankmeyer Named To U.S. Premier12TM Baseball Team Coaching Staff|
Oct. 21, 2015
QUEENS, N.Y. - After a summer spent serving as manager of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, St. John’s head coach Ed Blankmeyer will be called into action by USA Baseball for a third time and act as an assistant coach for the U.S. Premier12TM Baseball Team.
“I am excited and honored to once again represent USA Baseball,” said Blankmeyer. “Willie [Randolph] has assembled a fine coaching staff and I look forward to working with and learning from such great baseball minds. I am also very happy for the opportunity to represent both St. John’s and the college baseball community on the international stage.”
Blankmeyer and the U.S. Premier12TM Baseball Team will compete in the inaugural WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation) Premier12TM Tournament from Nov. 8-21 with Preliminary and Quarterfinal Rounds held in Taipei, Taiwan, and both the Semifinals and Finals held in Tokyo, Japan. The event will feature the professional National Teams of the Top 12 countries in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings.
The U.S. Premier12TM roster features 27 players not currently on Major League Baseball 40-man rosters. The squad will be managed by former Major League player and manager Willie Randolph, who previously served USA Baseball as an assistant coach at the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Prior to departing for Taiwan, the U.S. Premier12TM Team will gather in Phoenix, Ariz., from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3 to train and play three exhibition games against Canada.
Blankmeyer took the reins of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this past summer, serving as manager for the Red, White and Blue’s 17-game summer tour. Highlighted by series wins against both Chinese Taipei and Cuba, the Collegiate National Team posted a 9-8 overall record. Team USA went 4-3 in a seven-game series against Chinese Taipei, including a 4-1 record in the five games that counted for international points, and also posted a 3-2 record in a five-game series against Cuba.
The Collegiate National Team opened its series against Cuba with a combined no-hitter, a feat that marked the first time that the Cuban National Team had ever been no-hit in international competition. The combined no-hitter, tossed by Tanner Houck, A.J. Puk and Ryan Hendrix, marked the third no-no in Collegiate National Team history.
In his first tour of duty with USA Baseball in 2010, Blankmeyer served as an assistant coach with the Collegiate National Team. Blankmeyer helped the squad post a 16-3 record and earn a silver medal at the V FISU World University Baseball Championships held in Tokyo, Japan. Future Major Leaguers Matt Barnes, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Gerrit Cole, Sonny Gray, Brad Miller and George Springer were among the players featured on the 2010 roster.
The winningest coach in St. John’s baseball history, Blankmeyer is in his 21st season at the helm of the Red Storm and has posted a 688-421-3 (.620) record. Blankmeyer has led the squad to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including one Super Regional trip. The conference-record six-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year has guided the Red Storm to four BIG EAST Tournament crowns as well as five BIG EAST regular season titles.