ALUMNI REPORT: ALL-STARS

Two former Syracuse players were selected to play in this year’s All-Star game in San Francisco. Outfielder Alex Rios was selected to his second All-Star game while 2B Orlando Hudson was selected to his first All-Star game.

Entering play today Rios is hitting .288 with 17 HR, 46 RBI and 8 SB.  12 of Rios long balls have come from the leadoff spot this season where he has filled in admirably for the injured Reed Johnson.  Only the Indians Grady Sizemore has more home runs, 13, than Rios from the leadoff spot this season.

Rios was selected to play in last year’s game but was unable to play due to a staph infection in his foot.

The O-Dog will be playing in his first All-Star game.  Entering play today Hudson is hitting .299 with 7 HR and 46 RBI.  While Hudson has always been noted for his defensive abilities, including two Gold Gloves, this year has been a breakout-year for Orlando at the plate.

Pitcher Roy Halladay, who missed two weeks of the season, is still in the running to make the AL squad as part of MLB.com’s final vote.

Other former Syracuse players who are not playing but should have received strong consideration include Oakland pitcher Chad Gaudin, who ranks 4th in the AL in ERA, and Toronto 2B Aaron Hill, who leads all AL 2B with 46 RBI.

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Great feature today on O-Dog on Fox Sports Arizona. They showed lots of footage of great plays he made in Syracuse, together with calls of those plays by Bobby Mac. The old Sky Chiefs uniform was displayed very prominently. O-Dog is part of the glue that holds the Arizonal Diamondbacks together. He’s very popular, a real team player and a definite asset to the entire State of Arizona.

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