Former Long Beach State baseball standout Troy Tulowitzki, now the shortstop for the Colorado Rockies, was the leading vote-getter among National League shortstops in fan voting and will start in the 2013 All-Star Game on Tuesday in New York City.
Earlier this month, another former Dirtbag, Joey Terdoslavich, was called up by the Atlanta Braves, becoming the 44th former Long Beach State player to reach the major leagues. Terdoslavich is also the most recent player to make it to the show since he was drafted following the 2010 season.
Tulowitzki will be making his third All-Star appearance in 2013 after going in back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011 before an injury-shortened campaign in 2012. The Rockies star is hitting .347 with 16 home runs (seventh in the NL) and 51 RBI in 61 games while also providing his trademark outstanding defense.
With his third All-Star selection, Tulowitzki joins Jered Weaver and Evan Longoria as former Long Beach State players with three All-Star appearances. Jason Giambi has the most of any Dirtbag, a five-time All-Star, one of five former Long Beach State players to make an All-Star team, a list rounded out by pitcher Steve Trachsel.
Before being called up, Terdoslavich was hitting .318 with 18 home runs in 85 games at AAA Gwinnett in the International League. The converted outfielder was also selected to represent the Braves in the Futures Game, an event held annually during All-Star weekend that pits top American prospects against those around the world. This year the game will be held at Citi Field in New York, the home of the Mets.
During his time at Long Beach State, Terdoslavich earned honorable mention All-Big West honors at third base after hitting .326 with seven home runs and 46 RBI after transferring from Miami (Fla.). Terdoslavich played one season with the Dirtbags before getting drafted by the Braves in the sixth round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
Long Beach State now has had 13 active players in the MLB during the 2013 season, extending their lead for the most among any collegiate program, an honor that the Dirtbags have held in each of the last three seasons as well as this one. Terdoslavich is the second former player to make his major league debut in 2013, joining Shane Peterson, who was called up by the Oakland A’s on April 16 of this year.