Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dee Gordon is a Topps All-Star Rookie

It has been announced today that Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon has been named to the 53rd annual Topps All-Star Rookie Team. This is the first time a Dodger has been named since James Loney was selected as a first baseman in 2007. For a complete list off all past winners go here. Below is a complete list of 2011's All-Star Rookies team members.
1B: Mark Trumbo, Angels
2B: Danny Espinosa, Nationals
SS: Dee Gordon, Dodgers
3B: Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays
OF: Desmond Jennings, Rays
OF: Josh Reddick, Red Sox
OF: Ben Revere, Twins
C: J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays
SP: Jeremy Hellickson, Rays
RP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
I'm not sure if an actual trophy is presented to the player. At least, I don't ever recall seeing one in a museum or one for sale at auction over the years. It's biggest prize is having the iconic Topps All-Star Trophy placed prominently on next years Topps card. Besides that, each player can claim to be in elite company. Seventeen past members have gone on to be inducted into the Hall of Fame-
Willie McCovey, Johnny Bench, Rod Carew, Gary Carter, Carlton Fisk, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, Kirby Puckett, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken, Ryne Sandberg, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith and Billy Williams.
Past Dodgers recipients include Ron Fairly, Tommy Davis, Frank Howard, Ted Sizemore, Bill Buckner, Davey Lopes, Fernando Valenzuela, Steve Sax, Greg Brock, Tim Belcher, Eric Karros, Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi, Hideo Nomo, Todd Hollandsworth, Wilton Guerrero, Russell Martin, James Loney, and Andre Ethier.

UPDATE: The Dodgers just sent out a press release. See it here.

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