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Former GU, NIC standout Bay named All-Star

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PITTSBURGH – Jason Bay prides himself on being a complete player, so it’s only fitting that the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder will be doing more than just swinging for the fences when baseball’s brightest stars gather together in Detroit later this month.

Bay, who earlier in the weekend was plucked to represent his native Canada in the reformatted Century 21 Home Run Derby, was chosen Sunday as Pittsburgh’s lone representative on the 2005 National League All-Star team.

“I’m honored,” said Bay, the reigning N.L. Rookie of the Year. “I knew there was a possibility, but it’s something that until someone calls you and talks to you, you never know.

“It’s been a pretty good two years for me, as far as my rookie of the year and now this. It’s more than I could have ever imagined.”

Bay played college baseball at North Idaho College and Gonzaga University.

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