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Hunter and Fuentes Selected to ’09 All-Star Team

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After today’s All-Star team rosters were announced, I’m proud to say that two very deserving Angels made the squad, those two being the Halos’ first half Superman in Torii Hunter, and first-year closer Brian Fuentes.

In 75 games played, Torii has posted a .304 batting average, along with a club-best 17 home runs and 63 RBI to go along with some stellar center field play (still 0 errors on the season… hopefully this won’t jinx him!). He’s been on fire all year long, and without his hot bat during Vlad’s DL stint, who knows where the Angels would be. One thing’s for sure, they sure as heck wouldn’t be sitting atop the AL West.

He will be making his 3rd All-Star appearance, as he finished 4th in outfield voting, barely missing a starting spot behind Seattle Mariner hit machine Ichiro Suzuki, Boston Red Sox slugger Jason Bay, and the Texas Rangers’ comeback kid in Josh Hamilton, who has only played in 35 of the team’s 80 games this year (but I guess that’s what you get when the fans vote).

And for Fuentes, he’s been successful on 24 of 27 possible save opportunities this year, and that 24 saves is tops among all MLB closers. After a rocky start to the season (blowing 2 of his first 7 save opportunities), Fuentes has been in a groove, shutting the door in 19 of his past 20 opportunities. He hasn’t given up a run since May 30th and in 10 appearances during the month of June, he allowed no runs and only surrendered 3 hits to opposing lineups.

Fuentes was selected in by the players and coaches, with this being his 4th All-Star appearance of his career (All-Star from 2005-2007 with the Colorado Rockies).

The 2009 All-Star game takes place on Tuesday July 14th under the Gateway Arch in beautiful St. Louis, Missouri.

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4/9-Angels/A’s Game Postponed in Wake of Adenhart’s Death

press-conferenceTonight’s game between the LA Angels and the Oakland Athletics has been postponed to another date, due to the tragic and unexpected death of 22-year-old pitcher Nick Adenhart early Thursday morning.

Adenhart and 3 others were struck by a minivan which ran a red light, slamming the car into a light pole. The driver in the van fled from the scene on foot, but was captured soon after, and was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter as well as a DUI. The man arrested had a history of DUI arrests, and at the time of the accident, had a suspended license from a previous DUI.

Adenhart had gotten the nod to be the starting pitcher Wednesday night, and would end up throwing 6 shutout innings, earning a standing ovation from the Halo faithful after he retired the side in the 6th inning. He went out on top, and with everyone’s respect.

Angels’ center fielder Torii Hunter had this to say about Adenhart,

“He had his whole life ahead of him. He’s only 22, he’s still a kid. He was a great kid, he was funny, he was very popular in the clubhouse and off the field. People loved him.”

Adenhart’s agent Scott Boras broke down at a press conference earlier today, but managed to say, “Some of the most exciting things about what we share in this game is to see the glow in a young man after he takes this step in his life [to become a major league player]. It’s obviously a very difficult moment, but also a very special moment, because Nick’s goal was to be a major league pitcher, and he was very accomplished.”

The Adenhart family also issued a statement on Nick’s behalf.

“He lived his dream and was blessed to be part of an organization comprised of such warm, caring and compassionate people. The Angels were his extended family. Thanks to all of Nick’s loyal supporters and fans throughout his career. He will always be in everyone’s hearts forever.”

It is a sad day, not only as an Angel fan, but as a baseball fan as well. A member of the MLB family was lost today, but he most certainly will not be forgotten. Rest in peace, Nick. You will be deeply missed.

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