July 7, 2014
Former University of Cincinnati baseball standout Josh Harrison has been selected to represent the National League at the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Harrison will join fellow Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen and Tony Watson at the Mid-Summer Classic after posting career highs in batting average, on-base percentage and RBI during the first half of the 2014 campaign.
Harrison, a Cincinnati native and product of Princeton High School, has done a little bit of everything for the Pirates this year. Through July 6, he's hit .298 with a .335 on-base percentage and 25 RBIs. He has played five different positions (right field, left field, second base, third base and shortstop) and is believed to be the first person in baseball history to make the All-Star Game with no more than 22 starts at a single position. He currently ranks 10th in the NL in triples, with four.
"I definitely appreciate it," Harrison told MLB.com upon being selected. "It lets you know the work that you've done has not gone unnoticed. One of those things where I didn't want to get caught up in it, but it's hard not to. Definitely a relief and a blessing, a dream come true."
Harrison played at UC from 2006-08 before being selected by the Chicago Cubs in the sixth round (191st overall). During his final season as a Bearcat, he was named BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year (along with Louisville's Chris Dominguez), first team All-BIG EAST and a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. He left among the program's all-time top 10 in career average (.358), runs (192), doubles (53), RBI (153), stolen bases (63) and on-base percentage (.439).
Harrison was traded from the Cubs to the Pirates in 2009, making his major league debut with Pittsburgh in 2011. The 2014 MLB All-Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 15, at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. First pitch is at 8:00 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on FOX.
For more on the game, visit MLB.com/ASG.
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