WICHITA, Kan.--The National Baseball Congress announces San Diego Padres Pitcher, and former El Dorado Bronco, Heath Bell as the BaseballSavings.com 77th Annual National Baseball Congress World Series Graduate of the Year.
Bell is currently one of the best closers in Major League Baseball and has earned numerous honors in the big leagues over the past few seasons including being named an All-Star in 2009, 2010 & 2011, 2009 & 2010 NL Relief Man, 2010 MLB Delivery Man of the Year in, and 2009 NL Save Leader. Over the last three seasons (2009, 2010 & 2011) Bell has recorded 117 saves and counting.
"We are very excited to have Heath Bell, the best closer in Major League Baseball, as our 2011 NBC Graduate of the Year," said Casey Walkup, National Baseball Congress Operations Manager. "Bell has accumulated "video game" closer stats over the past three seasons and is more than deserving to join the company of Mark Teixeira, Tim Lincecum, Albert Pujols and Roger Clemens as an NBC Graduate of the Year."
Bell played for the El Dorado Broncos in the 1997 National Baseball Congress World Series and in two appearances gave up no runs. Bell and the Broncos finished in a tie for 7th place among the 32-team field.
The BaseballSavings.com 77th Annual NBC World Series begins Saturday, July 30th and runs through Saturday, August 13th in Wichita, Kansas at historic Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The National Baseball Congress Congratulates Heath Bell, 2011 NBC Graduate of the Year!