Blankmeyer, Team USA Win Silver Medal At Inaugural WBSC Premier12|
Nov. 24, 2015
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's head coach Ed Blankmeyer wrapped up his third tour with USA Baseball as the Red, White and Blue captured a silver medal at the inaugural WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation) Premier12, a global championship that featured the top 12 countries in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings.
"Being a part of the Premier12 gave me a better understanding of the worldwide passion for the game of baseball," said Blankmeyer. "There are certainly differences when you compare the styles of play, but all of the nations have something in common and that is a deep love for this game."
Team USA, No. 2 in the rankings, compiled a 5-3 record in the event and also took home $600,000 in prize money. Managed by former Major League player and manager Willie Randolph, the U.S. Premier12 squad was comprised of professional players not currently on 40-man rosters.
"I've known Willie [Randolph] for awhile," Blankmeyer added. "He asked me to be on his staff and it was a no-brainer. It was the chance to represent both St. John's and the college game at the international level, and to get some exposure to the pro game. Of course, most importantly, it was the opportunity to once again represent our country."
In his role as Team USA bench coach, Blankmeyer handled infield defense as well as defending the running game. Blankmeyer also aided Randolph with lineup decisions and in-game adjustments.
"This was a different experience for me since the team was made up of professionals," Blankmeyer said. "Unlike college ball, which is all about teaching and coaching, this role was more about managing the players."
The United States was defeated by South Korea, 8-0, in the Premier12 Final, which was held at the Tokyo Dome. Team USA advanced to the title game after a 6-1 victory against Mexico in the Semifinals, also at the Tokyo Dome, and a 6-1 triumph against the Netherlands in the Quarterfinals.
Team USA advanced out of the group stage after finishing second in Group B with a 3-2 record. The United States opened the group stage with an 11-5 victory against the Dominican Republic. After a 7-5 loss to Venezuela, Team USA bounced back with a 10-0 triumph against Mexico. A 10-2 loss to Japan followed before the United States clinched its second-place group finish with a 3-2 victory against South Korea in 10 innings.
Prior to his appointment with the Premier12 squad, Blankmeyer had twice served on the coaching staff of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Blankmeyer managed the Collegiate National Team in 2015 and was an assistant coach for the 2010 squad that won a silver medal at the V FISU World University Baseball Championships.
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.