Hunter named Sporting News AL All-Star
Outfielder earns honor after setting several career highs
ANAHEIM -- After setting career highs in batting average and on-base percentage while continuing his excellent defense in center field, the Angels' Torii Hunter was named to Sporting News' American League All-Star team on Thursday.
Hunter, who batted .299 with 22 home runs and 90 RBIs in 119 games, was also honored earlier in the season as an All-Star for the third time in his career but didn't play in the Midsummer Classic because of a groin injury that forced him to miss 33 games.
He joins Twins catcher and former teammate Joe Mauer on Sporting News' All-Star team, along with Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, shortstop Derek Jeter, designated hitter Hideki Matsui and relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, third baseman Evan Longoria of the Rays, outfielders Jason Bay of the Red Sox and Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners, Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill and starting pitcher Zack Greinke of the Royals.
Hunter's biggest change this season was his selectivity and patience at the plate, as his .366 on-base percentage set a career high. He also slugged .508 to set a career high in OPS as well with an impressive .873 mark.
Hunter, 34, displayed his smarts on the basepaths, swiping 18 bases while getting caught only four times.
And as always, he was a highlight reel in center field and could be heading toward his ninth straight Gold Glove Award after making just one error while showcasing his range and his ability to take away home runs over the center field wall.
Hunter was previously honored earlier this year as the winner of the Branch Rickey Award, which is given annually to a baseball figure for humanitarian and community contributions off the field. He was also the Angels' nominee for the 2009 Roberto Clemente Award, which honors the player that "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia was named the American League Manager of the Year by Sporting News on Wednesday.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.