Former Trojan Morgan Ensberg Earns Spot At 2005 All-Star Game
July 11, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Former Trojan and current Houston Astros third baseman Morgan Ensberg (Hermosa Beach/Redondo Union HS) was named late Sunday to the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Detroit. Ensberg will replace St. Louis third baseman Scott Rolen, but will sit out the game due to a shoulder injury after being voted as the National League starter.
This is Ensberg's first All-Star selection and keeps an impressive USC streak alive as at least one former Trojan has played in 19 consecutive All-Star Games, dating back to 1987.
Prior to Tuesday's game, Ensberg finished the first half of the season with a .290 batting average, 24 home runs and 65 RBI. His 24 home runs place him third in the NL behind co-leaders Derrek Lee and Andruw Jones.
During his four-year career at USC (1995-98), Ensberg batted .331 (217-for-656) with 40 home runs and 149 RBI and was a member of the 1998 national championship squad.
Since Tom Seaver's appearance in the 1967 All-Star Game, the USC baseball program has produced 65 All-Star selections, including a record five All-Stars in 2003 (Aaron Boone, Bret Boone, Geoff Jenkins, Mark Prior and Barry Zito).