Carlos Quentin Named To 2008 A.L. All-Star Team
July 6, 2008
NEW YORK, New York - Former Stanford star and current Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin has been selected as a reserve outfielder on the 2008 American League All-Star team, Major League Baseball announced today. The Midsummer Classic will be played on Tuesday, July 15 at historic Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, which will close after this season.
Quentin, who has enjoyed a stellar first half for the AL Central-leading White Sox, was voted to his first career All-Star team by his fellow American League players. He finished fifth in the players' poll amongst junior circuit outfielders, behind TEX's Josh Hamilton, BOS' Manny Ramirez and J.D. Drew and CLE's Grady Sizemore. Hamilton and Ramirez were both voted into the AL starting lineup by the fans, while Drew and Sizemore will join Quentin on the junior circuit bench.
Entering play on July 6, Quentin was tied for second in the AL with a career-high 19 home runs, while his career-best 61 RBI ranked fourth in the league. He went 1-for-4 in Chicago's 4-3 victory Sunday over Oakland, and is now batting .273 with a.376 on-base percentage and .510 slugging mark in 85 games.
Quentin's first trip to the Midsummer Classic is even more impressive given that he entered the 2008 campaign rebounding from offseason surgery to repair a torn left labrum and rotator cuff.
Chicago has a six-game roadtrip remaining before the All-Star Break.