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Former Tar Heel Seager Snags All-Star Spot

Seattle Mariner third baseman and former Tar Heel All-American Kyle Seager was named to the 2014 American League All-Star team earlier this week by the MLB.

Seager has already smashed 13 home runs and 59 RBIs entering this week for the Mariners and has earned a nice reward for his efforts – his first career All-Star appearance.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Mariners

Seager – Photo courtesy of Seattle Mariners

While at Chapel Hill, Seager sported a .353 batting average in his three seasons and was a second-team All-America second baseman as a sophomore in 2008. The N.C. native smacked a school-record 30 doubles that same season and ranks in the top 10 in career batting average, hits, doubles, triples and total bases at UNC.

He led the Tar Heels to three consecutive College World Series appearances, including a spot in the championship series in 2007.

Seager will replace Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion, who was announced as the AL starter at third base before being placed on the disabled list on Monday.

With his selection, Seager has become the eighth Tar Heel to earn a coveted slot in the All-Star game.

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Former Heel Matt Harvey Proving Why He Should Start In MLB All-Star Game

Matt Harvey On The Mound For The Diamond Heels

CHAPEL HILL – UNC Alum turned pro-phenom Matt Harvey has been burning up the mound for the New York Mets in his first season in the major league. Outings like his efforts on Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies, when he tossed six scoreless innings for an 8-0 shut out, have Harvey in the conversation to start for the National League in July 16 MLB All-Star Game.

If it goes his way, Harvey would be the first former Tar Heel pitcher in history to earn the honor.

Harvey’s fastball averaged a career-high 97.2 mph on Sunday, and he was praised for maintaining his velocity throughout the entire start. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Harvey threw 23 fastballs at 98 mph or faster during the game, the second most by a starter this season. The right hander has been impressive through 16 starts, on a 7-1 record, with a 2.05 ERA, 121 strikeouts, a 0.882 WHIP, 4 homers allowed and a .188 opponent batting average.

If Harvey were to get the start, it would be a historic day for several other reasons as well. Dwight Gooden was the last Met that started in an All-Star Game on the mound, all the way back in 1988. The contest is also being played in Citi Field, the home ball park for the Mets. The last pitcher to start on his home field was Roger Clemens in 2004 in Houston.

After a stand-out junior season at Carolina, Harvey was the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He made his major league debut on July 26, 2012, for the Mets against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He set a franchise record for a pitching debut with 11 strikeouts.

Former Tar Heels to play in the All-Star game (started indicated):

Nate Andrews – 1944 (Reserve)

Brian Roberts – 2005 (Started at 2B), 2007 (Reserve)

Snuffy Stirnweiss – 1945 (DNP) 1946 (Reserve)

B.J. Surhoff – 1999 (Reserve)

Burgess Whitehead – 1935 (Reserve), 1937 (Reserve)

Walt Weiss – 1998 (Started at SS)

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