Gonzo to Lead World Team in Futures Game

Gonzo to Lead World Team in Futures Game

Twelve-time National League All-Star catcher Mike Piazza will lead the U.S. Team against the World Team, which will be managed by five-time N.L. All-Star and former Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez, in the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 10th at Chase Field in Arizona.

Now in its 13th year, the XM All-Star Futures Game features the top minor league prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. The game will begin at 6:00 p.m. (ET)/3:00 p.m. (MT) and can be viewed live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD, and MLB.TV.  

Luis Gonzalez, who currently serves as a Special Assistant to the President and CEO for the Diamondbacks, is a 19-year major league veteran. He hit .325 and recorded career-highs in 2001 with 57 home runs and 142 RBI as he led the D-backs to the franchise's first World Championship in just their fourth season of existence. The Tampa, Florida native collected the infamous game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Seven off New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to clinch the Fall Classic for the D-backs.

The University of South Alabama product compiled a .283 batting average, 2,591 hits, 354 home runs and 1,439 RBI in 2,591 career games, and is one of 17 players in major league history to collect at least 2,500 hits, 500 doubles, 350 home runs and 1,000 RBI. Gonzalez also retired in 2008 as the D-backs all-time leader in games played (1,194), hits (1,337), doubles (310), home runs (224), walks (650), runs (780), RBI (774), at-bats (4,488), total bases (2,373), slugging percentage (.529) and on-base percentage (.391).

Gonzalez is also ambassador and spokesperson for the entire three-day All-Star event.  Top Arizona Diamondbacks prospects Tyler Skaggs and Paul Goldschmidt will play on the US team opposite Gonzo.

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