Former Mizzou Standout Kinsler Named AL All-Star

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Ian Kinsler

July 12, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Former Mizzou baseball standout Ian Kinsler has been named to the American League All-Star Game roster, as announced by Major League Baseball on Friday (July 11). Kinsler, who plays with the Detroit Tigers, will replace teammate Victor Martinez on this year's roster as he will miss the game due to injury. It is Kinsler's fourth All-Star Game appearance (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014).

Kinsler has arguably been the Tigers' most valuable player in the first half of the season. He is hitting .305 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI. He has also stolen nine bases and has scored 64 runs while playing a phenomenal second base for the AL Central-leading Tigers. Kinsler hot start has carried over into July. The Tiger leadoff hitter has hit safely in nine of his last ten ball games. In that stretch, he has seven hits, one home run, and seven RBIs. Widely considered as one of the top all-star snubs after being left off the roster, Kinsler is hitting .305 on the season with 11 home runs and 49 RBIs. Kinsler's 64 runs on the season is second among American Leaguers. In a league full of good hitting second basemen, Kinsler ranks in the top five among his position in eight of 14 hitting categories including at-bats (367), runs (64), hits (112), doubles (26), RBIs (49), batting average (.305), slugging percentage (.477), and on-base plus slugging percentage (.816).

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