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07/02/2006 8:23 PM ET

Andino named to PCL All-Star team

Isotopes shortstop replaces infielder Seabol on squad




Albuquerque Isotopes shortstop Robert Andino has been named to the Pacific Coast League's Triple-A All-Star team and will represent the 'Topes in Toledo, Ohio, the League Office announced today. Andino takes the place of infielder Scott Seabol, who had his contract purchased by a team in Korea.

In addition to routinely displaying dazzling defense, Andino has been a rock near the top of the Albuquerque lineup, batting .267 with 40 runs scored, tied for the most on the team. The infielder, who this season is making his Triple-A debut, has also belted five home runs on the year and driven in 25 runs while stealing a team-high eight bases.


This will be Andino's first All-Star game at any level, but the infielder's young career has certainly not been short of accolades. Last year, Baseball America declared him the best defensive shortstop and best infield arm in the Florida Marlins organization while he was playing at Double-A Carolina.


Andino will be the fifth Isotopes player to participate in the big game, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2 at 5:10 PM on Wednesday, July 12, joining outfielder Robert Stratton, who earned the honor in 2003, infielders Joe Dillon and Admin Sutton, who each were elected in 2004, and relief pitcher Jim Crowell, who took part last year.


The 'Topes continue their eight-game homestand with an action-packed Independence Day celebration weekend at Isotopes Park, site of next year's Triple-A All-Star Fiesta. Tonight, the team will be featuring the first of back-to-back fireworks displays and will be sporting special patriotic jerseys that will be auctioned off after tomorrow's contest with proceeds benefiting United Way of Central New Mexico. Berm seating for tomorrow's July 3rd contest is available now exclusively at the Isotopes Park box office. Tickets are available at the Isotopes Park Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets and on-line at www.albuquerquebaseball.com

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