Flores Makes College Baseball HOF Ballot

The only Sooner baseball player ever to have two first team All-America honors in different years is now up for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, as former Sooner catcher Javier Flores was named to the 2012 ballot Friday.

Flores, who helped lead OU to the 1994 National Championship and 1995 College World Series, joins 68 other candidates on the ballot, including Nomar Garciaparra, Jeffrey Hammonds, Tino Martinez, Mark McGwire, Phil Nevin and Frank Viola.

Members of the 2012 College Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced in late February once all the ballots have been tallied and the results verified.

The ones selected will join previous inductees, including coaches Jim Brock of Arizona State, Jerry Kindall of Arizona, Bob Bennett of Fresno State, Ron Polk of Mississippi State and the late Rod Dedeaux of USC; and players Barry Larkin of Michigan, John Olerud of Washington State, Derek Tatsuno of Hawaii and Danny Goodwin of Southern University.

Approximately 210 people vote on the panel, which is comprised 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 inductees also vote.

To be eligible for the College Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, players must have completed one year of competition at a two-year or four-year institution and/or earned verifiable national acclaim.

They will be inducted as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame's "Night of Champions" event, which will take place on June 30 in Lubbock.

More on Flores:

All-America Honors
-1995 First Team All-American (NCBWA)
-1995 Second Team All-American (Collegiate Baseball)
-1996 Second Team All-American (NCBWA)
-1997 First Team All-American (Sporting News)
-1997 Second Team All-American (NCBWA)
-1997 Third Team All-American (ABCA)
-1997 Third Team All-American (Collegiate Baseball)

Other honors
-Member of two CWS Appearances (1994-95)
-Member of 1994 National Title team (freshman)
-Member of 1997 Big 12 Tournament Championship
-Three-time first team all-conference honoree
-Two-time conference all-tournament team
-1994 NCAA Central All-Regional team
-1996 Academic All-Big Eight first team

Career stats
-Four-year starter at catcher
-Career .344 hitter with 20 HR and 154 RBI (.512 SLG pct)
-Made 28 errors with .982 FLD pct

Flores in OU Record Books
- Only Sooner to have two first team All-America honors in different years
-Third all-time with 59 doubles
-Fifth all-time with 768 at-bats
-Sixth all-time with 264 hits
-Seventh all-time with 219 games played
-Eighth all-time with 84 extra-base hits

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