LeMahieu Becomes Baseball's Ninth MLB All-Star

by Bill Franques
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LeMahieu Becomes Baseball's Ninth MLB All-Star

BATON ROUGE, La. – Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who helped lead LSU to the 2009 College World Series title, has been selected to play for the National League in the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 14 in Cincinnati.

LeMahieu, who played for coach Paul Mainieri at LSU in 2008 and 2009, becomes the ninth former Fighting Tiger to earn an All-Star Game invitation. LSU has had four former players selected for the midsummer classic since 2008.

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LeMahieu, a native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., has spent most of the first half of the season hitting above .300 for the Rockies, and he was consistently near the top of the National League batting leaders. LeMahieu entered Monday with a .298 batting average and 34 RBI — good for third and fourth, respectively, among NL second basemen.

LeMahieu’s All-Star selection marks the first for a former LSU player since 2011, when right-hander Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants earned the save in the National League’s 5-1 win in Phoenix. Wilson also represented the Giants in the 2008 game at Yankee Stadium and in the 2010 game in Anaheim, Calif.

Former LSU infielder Aaron Hill of the Toronto Blue Jays (AL) and former LSU outfielder Brad Hawpe of the Colorado Rockies (NL) played in the 2009 game in St. Louis.

LSU’s first All-Star was Boston Braves second baseman Connie Ryan of New Orleans, who played for the National League in 1944. New York Giants shortstop Alvin Dark of Comanche, Okla. was an NL All-Star in 1951, 1952 and 1954.

First baseman Joe Bill Adcock of Coushatta, La. represented the Milwaukee Braves on the 1960 National League roster.

Outfielder Albert Belle of Shreveport, La. was a five-time American League All-Star, representing the Cleveland Indians (1993-96) and Chicago White Sox (1997).

Right-hander Paul Byrd, a product of Louisville, Ky., pitched for the National League in 1999 as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.

LSU’s Major League All-Stars
Connie Ryan, 2B, Boston Braves (NL) – 1944
Alvin Dark, SS, New York Giants (NL) – 1951-52, 1954
Joe Bill Adcock, 1B, Milwaukee Braves (NL) – 1960
Albert Belle, OF, Cleveland Indians (AL) – 1993-96; Chicago White Sox (AL) – 1997
Paul Byrd, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (NL) – 1999
Brian Wilson, RHP, San Francisco Giants (NL) – 2008, 2010, 2011
Brad Hawpe, OF, Colorado Rockies (NL) – 2009
Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays (AL) – 2009
DJ LeMahieu, 2B, Colorado Rockies (NL)- 2015