Ray Birmingham only wishes it could have happened sooner.
The University of New Mexico baseball coach was all smiles Thursday sharing an interview table with Alex Bregman at the Pit. The two will be together a fair amount in coming weeks sporting the colors of Team USA.
Bregman, an Albuquerque Academy grad who now is a star shortstop at LSU, is a member of the 2014 Collegiate National Team, while Birmingham will serve as hitting coach.
Both will depart Albuquerque next week to begin a summer that includes home series against Chinese Tapei and Japan in North Carolina. Team USA also will compete in the annual Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands and conclude their schedule with a series against Cuba in Havana.