NEWARK – Atlantic League officials announced Monday that three members of the Newark Bears have been named to the 2010 Atlantic League All-Star Game. Outfielder Kennard Jones, designated hitter Daryle Ward and pitcher Bubba O’Donnell will represent the Freedom Division as selected by Atlantic League general managers, coaching staffs, respective media members and fans.
Kennard Jones makes his first Atlantic League All-Star Game after three seasons in the league. The San Diego native leads the Bears and the league in average (.357), hits (80), doubles (19), triples (9) and extra-base hits (30). Jones also has collected 16 stolen bases and plated 23 RBI.
Ward joins Jones in receiving his first All-Star game selection. He holds a .297 average, with 27 runs, 58 hits, and 21 extra-base hits, including eight homers. The 11-year major leaguer also has 42 RBI, fourth-most in the Atlantic League.
In his first season in independent baseball, O’Donnell will represent the Bears’ pitching staff in Long Island. O’Donnell, who started the 2010 season in the bullpen, brings a 3-3 record with a 4.00 ERA in 12 appearances, including seven starts, to the All-Star game. The Vineland native has collected 36 strikeouts in 54 innings of work.
Butch Hobson of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will manage the Liberty Division All-Stars and Sparky Lyle of the Somerset Patriots will handle managing duties for the Freedom Division. The 13th Annual Atlantic League All-Star Game, presented by T-Mobile will be held at Suffolk County Sports Park, the home of the Ducks, on Tuesday, July 6, at 7:05 p.m.
Full rosters for both All-Star squads are available on the Atlantic League website.
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