Former U.S. women’s national baseball team member Tamara Holmes was named the USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year on Tuesday, the organization announced.
The 42-year-old Holmes, who also earned the honor in 2012, retired from the sport in September. She closed out her storied career with the national team by batting .765 in seven games at the 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Cup in Gijang, South Korea. The tournament’s batting champion and All-World team member also slugged 1.235 in South Korea with three doubles, one triple, a home run and 13 RBIs.
“Tamara has been a mainstay with the Women’s National Team for years and the impact she has had on our program has been tremendous,” USA Baseball’s senior director of baseball operations Ashley Bratcher said in a statement. “We are thankful for her contributions to our organization and are thrilled for her to be honored with this award after her outstanding performance at the Women’s Baseball World Cup.”
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Holmes is a seven-time USA Baseball alum and was a member of five different World Cup teams. She helped the Americans to three gold medals in her tenure, including one at the World Championship in 2006.