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TWO FORMER CHIPOLA PLAYERS PICKED FOR MLB ALL STAR GAME
 July 12, 2013

NEW YORK—Former Chipola baseball players Jose Bautista and Patrick Corbin will represent both leagues in Major League Baseball’s All Star Game set for Tuesday, July 16, at Citi Field in New York.

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays is slated as an outfield starter for the American League along with rookie sensation Mike Trout of the Angels and top vote-getter Adam Jones of manager Buck Showalter’s Orioles. Showalter also is a Chipola alumnus.

In the 2010 season, Bautista became the 26th member of the 50 home run club. He led the major leagues in home runs in 2010 and 2011. He has won two Hank Aaron Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards. This will be Bautista’s fourth appearance in the MLB All-Star Game.

Bautista was a member on Chipola Baseball squad before being drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 draft.  His official signing came in May 2001, the same year the Indians captured the Panhandle Conference Championship and was the NJCAA Region VIII Runner-up.  During his time in the majors, Bautista has also played for the Pirates, the Orioles and the Royals.

Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin is among 13 pitchers selected for the National League team. Corbin led Chipola to a second place in the NJCAA Region VIII tournament.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted Corbin in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft. The Angels traded Corbin to the Diamondbacks in 2010 as part of a package for Dan Haren. Corbin made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks on April 30, 2012. As of July 9, Corbin is 10-1 on the season with a 2.40 ERA.

Bautista and Corbin both played under Chipola coach Jeff Johnson who recently completed his 17th season at the helm of the Indians’ program. He has led Chipola to the state tournament 14 times including a third place finish in 2013 and seven appearances in the title game.  Chipola won the state title in 2011, 2008 and 2007 and captured the school’s first-ever national title in 2007. The Indians finished second in the state tournament in 2009, 2005, 2002 and 2001, third in 2013 and 1998, and among the top four in 2006.     

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