Smoak honored for his last two years
Rangers minor-league first baseman Justin Smoak was named the International Baseball Federation's Player of the Year in the "senior athlete" category. The award covers two years of international play. During that span, Smoak, the Rangers' top pick in the 2008 draft, had nine homers and 22 runs in Team USA's gold-medal winning performance in the 2009 Baseball World Cup. He was named to the World Cup all-tournament team and was the tournament's Most Valuable Player.