July 6, 2009
San Bruno, Calif.,--Both Jason Bay, a Gonzaga alum, and Dan Haren, a Pepperdine alum, will be making their third appearance in Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Game.
Bay received over four million votes from MLB fans to earn his third career All-Star selection and second career start. He made his first two trips to the All-Star game as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League with the first coming in 2005 and then earning a return trip as a starter in 2006.
"It's great," said Bay. "I think everybody would love to go as many times as you could. First time in the American League for me and getting voted in, it's pretty special."
The Trail, British Columbia native played for the Zags in 1999-2000 and enters the week leading the American League in RBI (70) and fourth in home runs (19).
"We are very proud of Jason once again getting selected to be an All-Star," said Gonzaga head coach Mark Machtolf who served as an assistant coach and hitting coach for the Zags during Bay's time at GU. "He is very deserving of being voted in by the fans as he continues to get better every season with the tremendous work ethic he possesses. We couldn't be happier for Jason to be recognized by the fans and earn another trip to the All-Star game."
Haren, a two-time senior circuit selection in as many years with the D-Backs, was the American League's starter as a member of the Oakland Athletics in 2007.
As the rosters for the 80th All-Star Game were being announced Sunday afternoon, Haren was guiding Arizona to a 4-3 comeback victory at Colorado.
Haren's six-inning performance raised his season record to 8-5 and lowered his N.L-leading earned-run average to 2.16. He struck out six Rockies, giving him 119 punch outs on the year.
Haren is one of a few bright spots on a last-place ball club (33-49), ranking among the league leaders this season in WHIP (.0809), fewest hits allowed per nine innings (6.1) and K/BB ratio (7.53). He is one of two Diamondback All Stars along with outfielder Justin Upton (.301-14-45).
The All-Star Game takes place Tuesday, July 14 at St. Louis' Busch Stadium and will be televised by Fox at approximately 5 p.m. PT.