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Kieschnick Watch: the acclaim mounts

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Since the earlist days of this blog (sadly, coinciding with the first days of the post-Kiesch era), I've been keeping you up to date on the doings of our former two-way star.

After a rough 2005 as an Astros farmhand and agreeing to a NRI with the Orioles before the '06 season, Brooks Kieschnick decided to call it a career. Now, the accolades can pour in, including an honor alongside Dave Winfield as part of the inaugural class of inductees at the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Winfield is getting a bit more press, but the former Texas Longhorns star always gets plenty of attention in the Lone Star State, this time alongside his college coach, Cliff Gustafson:

As Texas' head coach from 1968-96, Gustafson guided UT to 22 Southwest Conference (SWC) titles, an NCAA-record 17 College World Series (CWS) appearances and two national titles. Kieschnick, meanwhile, helped lead the Longhorns to two SWC crowns and a pair of CWS appearances in his three seasons on the Forty Acres (1991-93) and was a two-time National Player of the Year (1992-93).
The CBHOF is based in Lubbock, Texas, and the inaugurations will take place this July 4th. In addition to Winfield, Kieschnick, and Gustafson, the inductees include Bob Horner, Will Clark, and Robin Ventura. Good company, but did any of those guys pitch in the Major Leagues?

I didn't think so. Congratulations, Brooks!

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