HOT STOVE . . . The 29th annual Hot Stove Banquet returned to the San Jose Elks Club on Tuesday night to honor Santa Clara County baseball players from the youth level to the professional ranks, as well as other individuals from the area who have contributed to the game. Master of ceremonies Ted Robinson, who for 13 years was the radio voice of Stanford football, began the evening with a quick Q-and-A with each of the head coaches from San Jose State, Santa Clara and Stanford. When introducing Stanford head coach Mark Marquess, Robinson simply said "And next, the man who needs no introduction." Marquess gave a quick preview of the upcoming season and gave note to the rising parity in the college game. Stanford's Mark Appel was named College Player of the Year. Former Cardinals Eric Davis (Minor League Pitcher of the Year) and Eric Smith (Minor League Catcher of the Year) also copped hardware. Other award winners included Palo Alto High grads Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who received a minor league honor, plus B.J. Boyd and John Dickerson, honored at the high school level.
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