Melendez Invited to Olympic Trials
Pepperdine University’s Dan Melendez was one of 90 players invited to trials for the U.S. Olympic baseball team Nov. 1-10 in Homestead, Fla.
Melendez, a former standout pitcher and infielder at St. Bernard High, has spent most of the past three summers playing for the U.S. national team, which won a gold medal in the junior World Championships in 1989 and a bronze medal in the Pan American Games in Cuba last month.
The players were selected by U.S. Coach Ron Fraser of Miami in conjunction with his staff: Cal State Long Beach Coach Dave Snow, Miami assistant Brad Kelly and Sacramento City College Coach Jerry Weinstein.
After three days of practice, the players, who are divided into five teams, will play a round-robin tournament. Based on performances in the tournament, the coaches will issue invitations to the final Olympic trials scheduled for June in Millington, Tenn.
Baseball makes its official Olympic debut next year. It was a demonstration sport at Los Angeles and again three years ago at Seoul.