NL All-Star roster
Winning the World Series has many benefits, and the 2002 champion Anaheim Angels enjoyed another one when the selections for the 2003 All-Star Game were revealed Sunday.
Manager Mike Scioscia, who will pilot the American League team as a result of his Angels winning the league championship last year, announced that three Angels were selected to the team, headed by third baseman Troy Glaus, who was voted in by fans to start the game.
Angels reserves on the AL team, who were named as a result of the votes by Major League players, coaches and managers, include Angels left fielder Garret Anderson and setup man Brendan Donnelly.
This marks the first time the Angels have had more than two players selected since 1995, when outfielder Jim Edmonds, starter Chuck Finley, shortstop Gary DiSarcina and closer Lee Smith went.
The Angels' record for All-Stars is five, which occurred in 1979, when the Angels sent Hall of Famers Rod Carew and Nolan Ryan plus Don Baylor, Brian Downing and Bobby Grich.
Glaus, who was the only Angel voted in by the fans this year, will be making his third All-Star appearance, but this marks the first time he has been selected to start the game.
"Troy's played at such a consistent level every year he's been in the game and it's a tremendous honor for him to be voted in," Scioscia said. "I'm sure he's thrilled."
Glaus, 26, was a reserve in 2000, when he led the American League with 47 home runs, and 2001, when he hit 41 homers and drove in 108 runs.
He has put up solid numbers at the plate this year despite hitting a June lull. Going into Sunday's game against Oakland, Glaus was batting .264 with 15 home runs, 46 RBIs and 50 runs scored.
Glaus, the 2002 World Series MVP, is 0-for-2 in All-Star Games. He went 0-for-1 in each game he appeared in.
Anderson has been one of the best hitters in the American League for the last four years, but he didn't play in an All-Star Game until he was selected by New York Yankees skipper Joe Torre for the 2002 Midsummer Classic. He was the only Angel selected last year.
The 31-year-old left fielder is on pace for his best season ever, with a .309 batting average, 19 home runs and 72 RBIs. He hit an AL-leading 12 homers in the month of June.
"Any time you get voted in by your peers, it means a lot," said Anderson, who went 0-for-4 with an RBI in last year's Midsummer Classic in Milwaukee.
Donnelly, the team's third All-Star selection, is the true longshot story of this year's game.
Donnelly is a 32-year-old middle reliever in his second big-league season after bouncing around the minors for 10 years. He emerged as a force in the Angels' bullpen through Anaheim's championship run in 2002 and has been lights-out this year.
Heading into Sunday's game, Donnelly had given up only two earned runs in 44 innings for a Major League-low 0.41 ERA over a team-leading span of 37 games. Donnelly has 53 strikeouts and 12 walks.
"I would have never thought it would be possible to be a Major League All-Star," Donnelly said. "For a while, I didn't think I'd be a Major League player. The biggest thing is that the players voted me in. The ultimate respect is when you get it from your peers. That means a lot to me."
One of Donnelly's peers who was particularly jazzed about the reliever's selection was Angels closer Troy Percival, who didn't make the AL All-Star roster.
"I'm absolutely thrilled for him," Percival said. "It's a testament to what he's been through in his career. He deserves it, especially after his World Series performance and how he pitched for us down the stretch last year."
There is a possible fourth and final Angel in the All-Star Game, -- catcher Bengie Molina, who was named one of five finalists for the etopps All-Star Final Vote.
Molina's offensive output has matched his well-known defensive prowess in the first half of the 2003 season.
Molina led the AL in percentage of base-stealers thrown out in 2002 and ended Ivan Rodriguez's 10-year reign as the AL's Gold Glove recipient.
This year, however, Molina has stepped up his offense, batting .289 with nine homers (after hitting seven in all of last year) and 47 RBIs. He also leads the Angels in batting average with runners in scoring position.
"Bengie got a lot of consideration," Scioscia said. "He just wasn't in the top two spots that were picked for catchers (New York's Jorge Posada and Oakland's Ramon Hernandez were the top two).
"Bengie's an All-Star catcher in my mind, no doubt about it. But that doesn't always get you selected."
In another post-World Series perk, Scioscia will get the honor of surrounding himself with his coaching staff.
Pitching coach Bud Black, hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, bench coach Joe Maddon, first-base coach Alfredo Griffin, third-base coach Ron Roenicke and bullpen coach Orlando Mercado will join Scioscia in Chicago.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.