Catching up with the Missions All-Stars

The Texas League announced members of the 2005 All-Star team last week, and representing San Antonio will be LHP Bobby Livingston, 3B Jesus Guzman and RF T.J. Bohn, a late addition to the roster. They will compete in the summer classic in Frisco on Tuesday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m.

Guzman is the starting third basemen in next weeks game, after a first half that has seen him hit .273 with five homers and 22 RBI. At one point, he hit safely in 19 of 20 games, which helped considerably when it came to him being selected.

"I am very happy with this honor," Guzman said, "but there is nothing like being an All-Star in the Big Leagues, and that's where I want to be."

Livingston, meanwhile, has turned in a very impressive first half, displaying the type of consistency and dominance the Mariners hoped to see. The lefty has compiled a 5-3 record with a 2.84 earned run average. This may be enough to make the Missions ace the starter of the All-Star game.

"It's his day to pitch and the rotation falls right on the day he is normally suppose to start so sometimes this factors into the decision," Missions' manager Dave Brundage said, indicating Livingston's chances of starting the Mid-Summer Classic could be good. "He has been consistent throughout the first half, with the exception of one bad outing, and he has pitched into the seventh or eighth every time."

This would not be the first All-Star appearance for Livingston. In fact, he has started the previous two All-Star games in his respective stops in the minor league system.

"It's a real honor and privilege to be selected to the team, and I hope that I can start the game. That would make three of them in a row," Livingston commented after a recent game.

In addition to the afore mentioned players, Yuniesky Betancourt and Sean Green were also voted in, but they both have since been promoted to Triple-A Tacoma.

In a late turn in events, Bohn was added to the roster on Tuesday after Frisco's Ruddy Yan went down and was forced to have surgery on his elbow.

"I feel that he got snubbed," Brundage said, prior to the announcement. "He earned a right to go play. He hit third in our lineup the majority of the year, and has been a big part of the success this year."

Bohn is currently hitting .307, which is 10th in the league, and has 16 steals in 17 attempts, which is fifth. He also has 17 doubles, a triple, and four home runs, anchoring the Missions' lineup.

"I knew I was going to be on the bubble to start out," said Bohn. "There are other guys out there that play my position - they got picked and I didn't. Someone got hurt and has to have surgery, so I get to kind of sneak in there."

Brundage was not modest when asked of Bohn.

"There are not three better outfielders in the league," the skipper said.

In response, Bohn humbly said, "Well he might be a little bias because I play for him."

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