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Four Tennessee Smokies named to Postseason All-Star squad

August 31, 2006 - Southern League (SL) - Tennessee Smokies News Release


MARIETTA, Ga. - The Southern League announced it's 2006 Postseason All-Star squad Thursday in Marietta, Ga., and honored four Tennessee Smokies by naming them to the squad voted on by field managers, radio broadcasters and print media.

Miguel Montero, Danny Richar, Jerry Gil and Jamie D'Antona earned their second All-Star nominations of the season. Each of the four represented Tennessee at the mid-season All-Star Game in Montgomery, Ala.

Montero received a promotion to Triple-A Tucson shortly after the July 10th star-studded affair at Riverwalk Stadium. The catcher departed Tennessee on July 17th and left with a .270 average, 10 homers and 46 RBIs.

Richar garnered his second nomination as a second baseman this season. One of the Smokies' most consistent hitters, Richar has only failed to collect at least one hit in 33 of 120 games. A .297 average coupled with 41 RBIs helped to secure the leadoff man's naming to the All-Star team.

Gil, in his second season with the Smokies, was named as one of the SL's top outfielders. The Smokies gained Gil from Triple-A Tucson in early May and since his arrival in 2006 has hit for average and hammered the ball out of ballparks around the league. His .266 average is bolstered by the fact that his 23 home runs currently pace the league.

D'Antona found his way on the list as a utility man. The product of Wake Forest University has seen time this season primarily at first base, but has played third base, outfield and has six appearances behind the plate as well.

Former Tennessee Smokie and current Chattanooga Lookouts' leftfielder Noochie Varner also found his way to the star-studded postseason squad.

Tennessee opens its final series of the 2006 regular season Thursday night at Smokies Park against the Mobile BayBears. The Smokies are four games behind North Division leader Huntsville, and the BayBears trail the South's Montgomery by the same margin. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday. Saturday's game will start at noon. Sunday's first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday's regular season closer is slated to get underway at 1 p.m.

Tickets are available for the homestand by calling the Tennessee Smokies' box office at 286-2300 or by logging on to www.smokiesbaseball.com, powered by Comcast.


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