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C.J. Cron Named National League All-Star

Jul 11, 2022

DENVER and LOS ANGELES – University of Utah baseball alumnus and Colorado Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron has been named an MLB All-Star for the first time in his career, as announced on Sunday night. In recorded Utah program history, Cron is the first alum (2009-11) to land MLB All-Star status.
Cron, currently in his ninth MLB season, will represent the Rockies and the National League in the 92nd MLB All-Star Game, played at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, July 19. It'll be a 5:30 p.m. MT first pitch with television coverage on Fox.
He has played in 84 games this season, hitting .295 with a team-best 20 home runs, 66 RBI and .901 OPS. Through games of July 10, the former Ute's RBI total is tied for second most in the MLB, just four behind Pete Alonso (70) of the New York Mets.
The 32-year old Cron has suited up in 912 MLB games since debuting in 2014, currently with a .265 career batting average, 166 homers and 531 RBI.
Playing three seasons at Utah under former longtime skipper Bill Kinneberg, Cron set the Utah career record with a .396 batting average. A two-time first-team All-American (2010, '11) as well as 2009 Freshman All-American, Cron was a 2011 Golden Spikes Award semifinalist and a two-time Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist. He became Utah's first-ever first round draftee when he was selected 17th overall in 2011 by the Los Angeles Angels.
He was a two-time NCBWA District VIII Player of the Year and a two-time Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, and also earned MWC Freshman of the Year honors in 2009. During the 2009 season, Cron was the only player in the country to get three hits in a game off eventual No. 1 MLB draft pick Stephen Strasburg.
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