Vasili Spanos to Represent Greece in Athens
Bloomington, Ind. - Former Indiana baseball All-American Vasili Spanos has been selected to the Greek national team. Spanos will represent the host country at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.
Spanos is currently a member of the Kane County Cougars, the Oakland A's Single-A affiliate. Spanos is currently a member of the Kane County Cougars, the Oakland A's Single-A affiliate. He was placed on the temporary inactive list on August 1, as he left to join his Greek Olympic teammates.
After missing most of April, Spanos was tearing the cover off the ball for the Cougars. Before departing for Athens, Spanos was tied for the team lead with 11 home runs and led the Cougars with 70 RBI. He was second on the team with 23 doubles and third on the team with a .304 batting average and 11 steals. The River Forest, Ill., native also had scored 40 runs, the fourth-best total on the club.
In four seasons as a starter at third base for the Hoosiers, Spanos left his mark on the Indiana record books. He posted a career batting average of .365, which ranks in the top 10 in school history, and a .673 slugging percentage, the second-best ever by a Hoosier. He finished tied for third with 43 home runs and ranks sixth with 228 hits, fifth with 51 doubles and fifth with 100 extra-base hits. In addition, his 185 RBI are tied for third with 1992 College Baseball Triple Crown Winner Mike Smith.
Spanos earned first team All-Big Ten honors in both 2001 and 2002. He was selected an American Baseball Coaches' Association third team All-American as a junior and was a preseason All-American prior to 2003. As a senior, he led the Big Ten in batting average (.434), home runs (8), on-base percentage (.525) and slugging percentage (.778), and earned first team honors for the second straight season. His batting average in league games was more than 40 points higher than the next-best hitter in the Big Ten.
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