7 Springfield Cards: Texas League All-Stars

Shane Robinson, Allen Craig, Tyler Greene to start; Brandon Yarbrough, Jon Jay as reserves; with pitchers Jess Todd and Fernando Salas also on the roster.

The Texas League Office has announced the 2008 Texas League All-Stars.   The 72nd Texas League All-Star Game presented by Great Southern, will take place at Hammons Field on Wednesday, June 25th.  Tickets are still available by calling (417) 863-2143. 

The host Springfield Cardinals will be represented by seven players, as well as the four members of the Springfield Coaching Staff. 

Springfield has a total of three starters voted to the North Division squad, as the Texas League's leading hitter, outfielder Shane Robinson, will be joined by third baseman Allen Craig and shortstop Tyler Greene in the starting lineup.  Brandon Yarbrough will be the reserve catcher, while Jon Jay will be a reserve outfielder.  Jess Todd, the reigning Texas League Pitcher of the Week and reliever Fernando Salas made the cut as well, and will throw for the North Division. 

Springfield Manager "Pop" Warner, Pitching Coach Bryan Eversgerd, Hitting Coach Derrick May and Athletic Trainer Jay Pierson make up the North Division Staff, thanks to Springfield's 2007 trip to the Texas League Championship Series.

Seven players from Northwest Arkansas, six players from Tulsa and four from Arkansas, round out the North Division lineup. 

Other members of the North Division starting lineup include first baseman Kila Kaaihuer (NWA), second baseman Corey Wimberly (TUL), Catcher Ben Johnson (ARK), outfielders Dexter Fowler (TUL) and Matt Miller (TUL) and designated hitter Juan Richardson (NWA), a former Springfield Cardinal.  

Frisco has a league-leading eight All-Stars, however two have been promoted to Triple-A.  Corpus Christi has six, while Midland and San Antonio have five each. 

Starting for the South Division are first baseman Kyle Blanks (SA), second baseman Drew Sutton (CC), shortstop Tommy Manzella (CC), third baseman Jesus Guzman (MID), Catcher Max Ramirez (FRI), outfielders Ben Harrison (FRI), Chad Huffman (SA) and Steven Murphy (FRI) and designated hitter Tommy Everidge (MID). 

The South will be led by San Antonio Manager Bill Masse, thanks to the Missions winning the 2007 Texas League Championship Series.  Masse is joined by Missions' Pitching Coach Steve Webber, Hitting Coach Terry Kennedy, Athletic Trainer Wade Yamasaki and Strength Coach Andy Stucke.

More details on the 2008 Texas League All-Star Game presented by Great Southern, including information and participants on the Bass Pro Shops Home Run Derby, which will take place before the game, will be released during the upcoming home stand at Hammons Field. 

Complete rosters for the North and South Division are below. 

2008 North Division All-Star Roster

First Base - Kila Kaaihue - Northwest Arkansas
Second Base - Corey Wimberly - Tulsa
Third Base - Allen Craig - Springfield
Shortstop - Tyler Greene - Springfield
Catcher - Ben Johnson - Arkansas
Designated Hitter - Juan Richardson - Northwest Arkansas
Outfield - Dexter Fowler - Tulsa
Outfield - Matt Miller - Tulsa
Outfield - Shane Robinson - Springfield

Infield Reserve - Tony Blanco - Tulsa
Infield Reserve - Angel Sanchez - Northwest Arkansas
Catcher Reserve - Brandon Yarbrough - Springfield
Outfield Reserve - Jon Jay - Springfield
Outfield Reserve - Ovandy Suero - Northwest Arkansas

Pitcher - Adam Bright - Tulsa
Pitcher - Dan Cortes - Northwest Arkansas
Pitcher - Dan Denham - Arkansas
Pitcher - Dusty Hughes - Northwest Arkansas
Pitcher - Kevin Jepsen - Arkansas
Pitcher - Blake Johnson - Northwest Arkansas
Pitcher - Ryan Mattheus - Tulsa
Pitcher - Robert Mosebach - Arkansas
Pitcher - Fernando Salas - Springfield
Pitcher - Jess Todd - Springfield

Manager - Ron "Pop" Warner - Springfield
Hitting Coach - Derrick May - Springfield
Pitching Coach - Bryan Eversgerd - Springfield
Athletic Trainer - Jay Pierson - Springfield

2008 South Division All-Star Roster

First Base - Chris Davis - Frisco (1)
Second Base - Drew Sutton - Corpus Christi
Third Base - Jesus Guzman - Midland
Shortstop - Tommy Manzella - Corpus Christi
Catcher - Max Ramirez - Frisco
Designated Hitter - Kyle Blanks - San Antonio
Outfield - Ben Harrison - Frisco
Outfield - Chad Huffman - San Antonio
Outfield - Steven Murphy - Frisco

Reserve Infielder - Elvis Andrus - Frisco
Reserve Infielder - Chris Johnson - Corpus Christi
Reserve Catcher - Anthony Recker - Midland
Reserve Outfielder - Billy Hart - Corpus Christi
Reserve Outfielder - Jon Zeringue - Midland

Pitcher - Greg Burke - San Antonio  
Pitcher - Matt Buschmann - San Antonio
Pitcher - Andrew Carignan - Midland
Pitcher - Brian Gordon - Frisco
Pitcher - Matt Harrison - Frisco (2)
Pitcher - Trey Hodges - Frisco
Pitcher - Will Inman - San Antonio
Pitcher - Brad James - Corpus Christi
Pitcher - Vincent Mazzaro - Midland
Pitcher - James Simmons - Midland

Manager - Bill Masse - San Antonio
Pitching Coach - Steve Webber - San Antonio
Hitting Coach - Terry Kennedy - San Antonio
Strength Coach - Andy Stucke - San Antonio
Athletic Trainer - Wade Yamasaki - San Antonio

(1) Kyle Blanks of San Antonio will replace Davis as the starting first baseman, while Tommy Everidge of Midland will be the starting designated hitter.

(2) Matt Harrison of Frisco will be replaced by Ryan McKeller of Corpus Christi.

Tickets for the 2008 Texas League All-Star Game presented by Great Southern can be purchased by calling (417) 863-0395. 

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