Gaub gets shot at U.S. baseball team

Matt Perkins

There is a long list of notables who have graced the roster of the USA Baseball National Team during the years – Mark McGwire, Nomar Garciaparra and Barry Larkin, to name a few.

Every year that list gets longer, as talented collegiate players use the honor of being a member of the National Team to their full advantage.

This year that list might include Minnesota baseball junior reliever John Gaub.

Gaub is one of 36 players to be invited to the 2005 USA Baseball National Team Trials to be held June 27-30 in Raleigh, N.C.

Gaub made a name for himself in his first year with the Gophers in 2004, going 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.

“We had John’s name before the season even started,” said Eric Campbell, National Team General Manager. “If a guy has a good freshman year and continues that into the summer and the next season, we notice their talent. That’s exactly what John Gaub did.”

Gaub continued his outstanding performance this season, going 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA, seven saves and 65 strikeouts in 39 innings. He finished the season second in the Big Ten in saves and fourth in strikeouts.

The last day of trials June 30 will consist of a game at 12 p.m., after which the 22-man roster will be chosen.