Mark DeCotis, Eastern Florida State College, contributed to this story
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 8, 2015) - Six individuals with ties to Region 8 will participate in Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Game, scheduled for Tuesday, July 14 in Cincinnati.
Former Eastern Florida State College All-American Bruce Bochy will manage his fourth All-Star Game, all as skipper of the National League All-Stars. Bochy earned the honor by leading the San Francisco Giants to their third World Series championship in five years in 2014.
Bochy also managed the National League All-Stars in 1999, when he was skipper of the San Diego Padres, who lost the 1998 World Series to the New York Yankees, and in 2011 and 2013 following 2010 and 2012 World Series triumphs with the Giants.
Bochy is 1-2 in his three previous all-star games as manager.
Bochy's NL roster includes former Seminole State College standout Dee Gordon, who was voted to start the game at second base, representing the Miami Marlins. Gordon, who will be making his first All-Star Game appearance, played for Seminole State in 2008 before being selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round of MLB's First-Year Player Draft.
The American League roster will feature four former players from Region 8, led by Tallahassee Community College alum Lorenzo Cain, one of three outfielders voted to start Tuesday's game.
Cain, who plays for the Kansas City Royals, played at Tallahassee in 2005 before signing with the Milwaukee Brewers. He finished second in the voting among outfielders, garnering more than 12 million votes. Like Gordon, he will be making his first All-Star Game appearance.
Joining Cain on the AL roster will be first-time All-Star and former Northwest Florida State College Raider Hector Santiago and a pair of former Chipola College standouts, Jose Bautista and Russell Martin, both members of the Toronto Blue Jays. Bautista will be making his sixth straight All-Star Game appearance while it marks the second time Martin has been selected for baseball's Mid-Summer Classic.