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Baker named finalist for Bench Award

Thursday May 16, 2002

Cal junior catcher John Baker has been selected as one of 10 finalists for Johnny Bench Award, it was announced May 15 by The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.  

Baker joins three other catchers from Bay Area schools who are among the 10 finalists - senior Steve Booth from San Francisco, junior Ryan Garko from Stanford and senior Adam Shorsher from San Jose State.  

Three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award will be announced in June at the College World Series. A final vote will occur at the end of the College World Series.  

Baker finished the 2002 season batting a team-leading .383 with 12 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 29 RBI, despite missing three weeks with a broken right hand when he was hit by a pitch.