July 6, 2014
NEW YORK – Auburn baseball alumnus Josh Donaldson was voted the starter at third base for the American League in the 2014 MLB All-Star game the league office announced on Sunday.
The game will be played on Tuesday, July 15 in Minneapolis, Minn. at Target Field.
The selection is the first of Donaldson’s career. He earned the starting nod after receiving more than 3.6 million fan votes.
Donaldson is tied for sixth in the AL with 62 RBI and his 58 runs scored were ranked third in the league entering play on Sunday.
He also shared the top mark on the Oakland Athletics with 19 home runs.
Donaldson is the first Auburn alumni to start the All-Star Game since Hall of Famer Frank Thomas started the game at first base in 1995. Auburn’s last All-Star selection was former pitcher Tim Hudson in 2010.
All-time five Auburn players (Donaldson, Hudson, Thomas, Bo Jackson and Gregg Olson) have been named All-Stars 11 times led by Thomas’ five selections.
Donaldson starred at Auburn from 2005-07 and was a supplemental first round pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2007.
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