LaPorta Selected to Team USA

It's been a busy couple of weeks for former Gator baseball star Matt LaPorta. First, he was part of MLB's biggest trade of the year to date when he was shipped from the Brewers organization to the Indians for C.C. Sabathia. And now, LaPorta has been selected to the USA Olympic Baseball team.

"Just the chance to represent my country and bring back a gold medal, it would mean so much," Matt LaPorta said in a release from the University of Florida.

LaPorta was the first player in league history to be selected as SEC Player of the Year. LaPorta put up huge numbers in Gainesville, becoming Florida's all-time home run leader finishing his career with 74 homers. He also finished second all-time in RBI behind Brad Wilkerson.

Team USA will be coached by former major league player and manager Davey Johnson. Johnson led the New York Mets to the 1986 World Series.

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