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Nebraska Baseball Players Voted into 2014 MLB All-Star Game


Two former Huskers were voted into the Major League Baseball All-Star game on July 7.

Former Husker starting pitcher Tony Watson earned his first All-Star game appearance.The Pittsburgh Pirate’ reliever has a 0.89 ERA and 22 holds to go along with 49 strikeouts.

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Watson was named a Freshman All-American at Nebraska in 2005, first-team All-Big 12 and third-team All-American selection in 2006. His final year saw him garner second-team All-Big 12 honors.

After his stellar career as a Husker pitcher, Watson was drafted in 2007 by the Pirates in the ninth round. He made his major league debut in 2011 at age 26.

Joining Tony Watson in Minneapolis for the All-Star game is Nebraska’s “Mr. Baseball” Alex Gordon.

One of the most decorated players in Nebraska baseball history, the former Lincoln Southeast Knight starred as the Husker third baseman for the better part of three seasons.

A two-time All-American, two-time Big 12 Player of the Year,and 2005 Dick Howser Trophy award winner (given to the best player in college baseball), Gordon’s legacy at Nebraska will be nearly impossible to match.

He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the second pick of the 2005 MLB draft and after two seasons in the minors, Gordon took to the big leagues in 2007.

Since his debut, Gordon has won two Gold Gloves and his 2014 selection to the All-Star game marks his second consecutive appearance.

Though the season thus far, Gordon is hitting .263 with nine homers and 42 RBI. He has six stolen bases and has walked 35 times to boost his on base percentage to .346.

The MLB All-Star Game, held at Target Field in Minneapolis, will take place on July 15.

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