July 9, 2012
HOUSTON—Former University of Houston baseball standout and current Atlanta Braves centerfielder Michael Bourn will represent the National League and the Cougars on Tuesday in the NL All-Star Game with his second selection to the mid-season All-Star roster.
A two-time All-Star, Bourn represented the Houston Astros in 2010 and now the Atlanta Braves in 2012. The speedy centerfielder becomes the first Cougar in the history of the program to be named to an All-Star Game’s roster more than once.
Bourn joins former University of Houston stars Woody Williams (2003 – St. Louis Cardinals), Doug Drabek (1994 – Pittsburgh Pirates), and Tom Paciorek (1981 – Seattle Mariners) on All-Star rosters.
The Houston native enters the break with one of his most productive offensive seasons to date. The seven-year MLB veteran hit .311 with a career-best seven homeruns during the first-half. Bourn, always known for his base-stealing expertise, has swiped 25 bags with a career-best 61 coming twice and most recently last season.
To accompany his .311 average, Bourn has 111 hits and 60 runs scored in 357 at-bats. He has tallied 17 doubles, six triples and is slugging .451.
Not originally selected to the MLB All-Star Game, Bourn finished second in fan voting behind Cardinals’ infielder David Freese. Due to a late injury to Nationals’ shortstop Ian Desmond, Bourn got the call that he would become a two-time All-Star and participate in the week’s festivities.
When talking to MLB.com, Bourn noted: "It feels good; it's just a different scenario for me," Bourn said. "Things happen in different ways some times. I thank God for it. It's always an honor to be an All-Star and a blessing to be around the kind of caliber of players you get to be around."
Bourn was a 2003 draft selection by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round. He played for the Cougars from 2001-03 and was a Freshman All-America selection and a two-time All-Conference honoree.
The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports. Pregame ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m., CT on Tuesday, July 10.