Bluegrass connections lacking in MLB All-Star Game

Major League Baseball, Minor Leagues

If you’re looking for Kentucky natives on the MLB All-Star Game rosters revealed Sunday, you will be looking for a long time.  The National League and American League rosters are devoid of any Bluegrass natives or alumni of Bluegrass colleges.

The state’s only hope for an All-Star rests with Arizona Diamondback’s third baseman Mark Reynolds, a Pikeville, Ky., native.  Reynolds is one of five candidates for the final spot on the National League roster.  Even Reynolds’ ties to the Bluegrass are debatable as he was born in Pikeville, but attended Fort Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, Va., and the University of Virginia.  Reynolds has batted .269 on the season with 24 home runs and 61 RBI.

The only Kentucky ties already named to the All-Star game come from a couple of former Lexington Legends.  National League outfield reserve Hunter Pence played for Lexington in 2005 and holds the franchise records for single-season home runs, batting average and slugging percentage.

The American League also boasts a former Legend in Tampa Bay shortstop Ben Zobrist.  Zobrist also spent part of 2005 in Lexington where he batted .304 in 68 games.

Here are the duo’s numbers from Lexington in 2005:

Pence —80 games, .338 AVG, 59 Runs, 25 Home Runs, 60 RBI

Zobrist — 68 games, .304 AVG, 45 Runs, 2 Home Runs, 32 RBI

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