[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
USA Baseball today announced Durham Bulls outfielder Jon Weber and pitcher Jason Childers have been named to the United States team that will compete at the 2009 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Baseball World Cup in Europe from Sept. 9-27.
Childers appeared in a team-leading 52 games for the Bulls this season, compiling a 9-5 record with five saves for the Bulls. Childers is in his second season with the Bulls, his first since 2006. He is excited to be asked to represent the United States in this tournament.
"It feels great. I'm very happy to be representing the country. It's a real honor that I'm looking forward to," Childers said.
Weber leads the Bulls with a .303 batting average, 131 hits, a .384 on base percentage and 44 doubles. Weber joined the Bulls in 2007 and has led the Bulls to two straight appearances in the Governors' Cup Finals.
The World Cup Team will first gather in Cary, N.C. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex where it will train from Sept. 2-6. It will work out on Sept. 2 and square-off against the Canadian World Cup Team Sept. 3-6.