July 9, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Former Arizona State Sun Devil baseball players Barry Bonds and Paul Lo Duca will represent the National League in the 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star game to be played July 15 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago (home of the Chicago White Sox).
Bonds, a Sun Devil All-American from 1983-85, will be making his 12th appearance in the All-Star game and his 11th start. Through the games of July 8, Bonds is hitting .308 with 26 home runs and 54 RBI for the National League West leading San Francisco Giants. The five-time National League MVP has 639 career home runs, ranking fourth all-time behind Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. Bonds hit .347 with 42 doubles and 45 home runs in his three years as a Sun Devil.
Lo Duca, the 1993 Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year in his only year at Arizona State, will be making his first appearance in the midsummer classic. In 81 games in 2003, Lo Duca is hitting .306 with 21 doubles, two triples and six home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers. After spending most of his first eight professional seasons in the minor leagues, Lo Duca had a breakthrough year in 2001, hitting .320 with 25 home runs and 90 RBI. Lo Duca recently had a 25-game hitting streak snapped. In his only year as a Sun Devil in 1993, Lo Duca, a transfer from Glendale Community College, hit for an ASU single-season record .446 with 129 hits, 14 home runs and 88 RBI.
Bonds and Lo Duca will try to help the National League secure home field advantage for the 2003 World Series. The game will be televised on FOX live around the country from Chicago on July 15.