CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern alumnus and former big-leaguer R.J. Swindle has been named one of seven candidates for the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Fans can vote online via the link HERE, and on RiverDogs.com. Official ballots are also available at Riley Park, with voting concluding on Friday, July 21. The top two vote-getters will be inducted prior to the RiverDogs' August 5th home game.
Swindle, a 2003 graduate of Charleston Southern, is one of three Bucs to advance to Major League Baseball. The left-handed pitcher logged innings with the eventual World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies in 2008, and the Milwaukee Brewers a year later. Swindle, a native of Vancouver, Canada, suited up for the Canadian national team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifier and the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Swindle etched his name in the Charleston Southern record book thanks to a brilliant 2003 season. He set the still-standing school records for wins (10) and strikeouts (140) while posting a 2.21 ERA. He capped his collegiate career as CSU's all-time leader in wins (24), while placing second in innings pitched (349.2) and games started (51).
The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame is coordinated and operated by the Charleston RiverDogs. An advisory committee consisting of knowledgeable local volunteers was created to come up with the names of potential nominees. The Hall of Fame is located inside Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Further information about the other candidates, and the voting process, is available HERE.