Although the 2020 College World Series was canceled in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN still wanted to celebrate the baseball postseason that would have been.
If you took the best player at every position in college baseball history, who would make the all-time team? We’re here to find out.
Voting will be available for each position for three days, and when it’s over, we’ll have a final lineup reveal.
Voting order is as follows: catcher, shortstop, second base, first base (all expired), third base, relief pitcher, left field, right field, center field, two-way player, left-handed pitcher and right-handed pitcher.
Players with an asterisk (*) are members of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
*Sal Bando (Arizona State)
Bando hit .364 as a sophomore, leading the Sun Devils to the WAC title and their first College World Series appearance in 1964. He was even better in 1965, hitting 12-for-25 in the College World Series to earn Most Outstanding Player honors while leading Arizona State to its first national championship.
Kris Bryant (San Diego)
Bryant won the Golden Spikes Award — and a bunch of other national player of the year awards — in 2013 after hitting 31 home runs, the most by any Division I player in the past 15 seasons. He rewrote the San Diego record book in his career, finishing with 54 home runs, 196 runs scored and a .702 slugging percentage.
Pat Burrell (Miami)
Burrell hit the ground running as a freshman, leading Division I with a .484 batting average and helping Miami reach the 1996 CWS championship game. Despite the Hurricanes’ loss, he was named CWS Most Outstanding Player. He capped his career by winning the Golden Spikes Award in 1998; his .442 career average is ninth highest in Division I history and his .886 slugging percentage is third highest by a Division I player.
Alex Gordon (Nebraska)
Gordon won the Golden Spikes Award on his way to sweeping the national awards in 2005 and leading Nebraska to its third College World Series appearance. He still ranks in the top 10 in Nebraska history in seven offensive categories, including home runs (44, tied for fourth) and RBIs (189, fourth).
*Keith Moreland (Texas)
Moreland was a two-time first team All-American and co-captain of the 1975 Texas team that finished 56-5 and won the College World Series. He hit .399 as a sophomore, eighth best in Texas history, and followed that up with a .410 average as a junior, fourth best in school history. He ranks third on the Longhorns’ all-time list with a .388 career average.
Phil Nevin (Cal State Fullerton)
Nevin won the Golden Spikes Award in 1992 while leading Cal State Fullerton to the College World Series; he went 10-for-19 with 11 RBIs in Omaha and was named CWS Most Outstanding Player despite the Titans’ loss in the national championship game. He still ranks fourth in school history with a .631 slugging percentage, fifth with 184 RBIs and tied for seventh with 39 home runs.
Anthony Rendon (Rice)
Rendon did his best work early in his collegiate career, earning National Freshman of the Year honors in 2009 before earning a handful of national player of the year awards as a sophomore in 2010. He ranks in the top five in Rice history in home runs (52, third) slugging percentage (.679, fourth) and batting average (.371, fifth).
The College World Series has had numerous memorable moments, from a hidden ball trick to a walk-off title win in old Rosenblatt Stadium.
*Robin Ventura (Oklahoma State)
Ventura burst onto the national radar in 1987, when he broke the Division I record with a 58-game hitting streak as Oklahoma State reached the national championship game. A three-time first team All-American, he followed that up by winning the Golden Spikes Award and playing for the gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic team in 1988. His .428 career batting average is a school record and one of the best 20 marks in Division I history.