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Less than four years removed from his Texas State career, Arizona Diamondback first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is headed to his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The former Bobcat standout finished second in National League balloting for first base behind the Cincinnati Red’s Joey Votto. His Diamondback teammate, pitcher Patrick Corbin, is also headed to the big game on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York City.
The All-Star game will be televised on the Fox network starting at 6:30 p.m. Central Standard Time followed by first pitch at 7 p.m.
“They got voted in by the players, which shows how high of regard they’re held around the league,” Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of Goldschmidt and Corbin.
Goldschmidt has been on fire this season after signing a five-year, $32 million deal in the spring. He entered the weekend leading the National League in RBIs with 71 teamed with a .304 batting average. He has been a consistent player for Arizona this season, starting all but three of the D-backs’ 86 games so far. He even played late in two of those games he didn’t start.
“Obviously, it’s a good honor, a cool honor, so it should be a fun experience,” Goldschmidt said.
Goldschmidt, well known for his humility and lack of eagerness to talk about himself, did not consider the All-Star Game a sure thing. In fact, he didn’t consider it much at all.
“I hadn’t thought about it,” he said. “I just try to go out and play. It’s a cool honor, but it was nothing where I was ever, ‘Hey, I’ve got to do this or try to make an All-Star Game,’ It just happened and it’s a good honor. I’ll enjoy the experience, and when it’s over, go back to playing like I have been, or try to.”
In his career at Texas State, spanning from 2007-09, Goldschmidt finished with an average of .353, batting a career high .360 in 2008. He played and started 152 games for the Bobcats while knocking 208 hits and 179 RBI. He hit 36 career home runs with 17 in 2008 and 18 in 2009.
Among his many awards and honors earned at Texas State, Goldschmidt was just recognized as part of the Southland Conference’s 2000s All-Decade Team in June.
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