ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers and broadcaster Emily Jones will speak at the College Baseball Hall of Fame's First Pitch Luncheon on Friday in Lubbock, Texas.
The luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. CT in the banquet hall of the Lubbock Civic Center. Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock and Lubbock Christian coach Nathan Blackwood will also speak at the event, along with Lubbock-area high school coaches. Tickets can be purchased at www.collegebaseballhall.org.
The College Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 2004 to honor the top players and coaches in college baseball. Construction is expected to begin this summer on a building that will be named the George H.W. Bush National College Baseball Hall of Fame. The 41st president was a first baseman at Yale and played in the first two College World Series in 1947-48.
Scheppers pitched three seasons at Fresno State University and was on the 2008 team that won the College World Series. Scheppers did not pitch in the postseason that year because of an arm injury. Jones is from Plainview, Texas, and a 1998 graduate of Texas Tech. She has been a part of the Rangers' television broadcasts since 2008 and also does video work for MLB.com.
Seventy-eight players and coaches have been inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame, including Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan. He was the 1983 winner of USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award, given to the top player in the nation, as a junior at the University of Alabama. Also inducted are former Rangers players Will Clark, Roy Smalley, Oddibe McDowell, Rafael Palmeiro, Alan Bannister, Burt Hooton and Pete Incaviglia.
The first class was inducted in 2006. Voting is underway for the 2014 class, which will be inducted on June 28 in Lubbock. There are 82 candidates on the ballot, including former Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman. He played at Rice from 1995-97 and was an All-American in his junior year as well as being named National College Player of the Year.
The voting panel of approximately 210 members is composed of national and regional college baseball media, active and retired coaches, media and coaches from the "small school" category, a group of about a dozen former players, a group of "college baseball historians" and about 10 members of the Society for American Baseball Research collegiate baseball committee. Past College Baseball Hall of Fame inductees also vote.
To be eligible for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, players must have one year of competition at a two- or four-year institution and/or earned verifiable national acclaim. A coach must be retired or may be included on the ballot at the age of 75, if still active.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger.