The Texas League has announced that Springfield Cardinals 3B Ruben Gotay and LF Mike O'Neill have been named to the 2013 Texas League Postseason All-Star Team. The exclusive Postseason All-Star Team is made up of the league's top players from both divisions, consisting of only 12 spots for position players and nine for pitchers.
Gotay, who was also a 2013 Midseason All-Star, has put together one of the finest seasons of any player in the league this year. The 30-year old native of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico has compiled a .277 average with 16 home runs and 86 RBIs through 127 games this year. He currently ranks 2nd in the league in RBIs and runs (73), as well as 4th in doubles (30), tied for 4th in hits (132) and 3rd in walks (67).
The former Major Leaguer put together a team-high 10-game hitting streak with 16 hits from June 13 - 23. Originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 31st round of the 2000 draft, he was signed by St. Louis as a free agent in March.
O'Neill, 25, put together a .320 batting average with two homers and 35 RBIs through 98 games with the Cardinals before being promoted to the Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) on July 31. The Riverside, California native was leading the league in walks (71) and runs (66) at the time of his promotion, and still ranks 2nd in average, walks and on-base percentage (.431).
O'Neill put together two on-base streaks of more than 20 games - 22 games from April 19 - May 13 and 21 games from July 8 - July 29, reaching base in a remarkable 86 of 98 total games played for Springfield. Also a 2013 Midseason All-Star, O'Neill was drafted by St. Louis in the 31st round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Southern California.
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The Cardinals continue the road trip in Arkansas on Wednesday at 7:10pm. Catch all the action live on Jock 98.7FM and SpringfieldCardinals.com, and tune in 15 minutes early for the Coyote's Sports Cafe Pregame Show.
Springfield returns home for the final home series of the 2013 Regular Season, starting on Saturday, August 31. That night will feature the Mercy Knit Scarf Giveaway (2,500), along with AM Pyrotechnics End of Season Fireworks. The Cardinals will also be wearing Teal Pinstripe Specialty Jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit GYNCA. First Pitch is 6:09pm, gates open at 5:09pm.
The Cardinals then take on the Tulsa Drillers again on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 6:09pm for the Purina Bark in the Park, when all fans can bring their dogs to the game. The night will feature a pregame pet parade, with all fans that bring pets invited to march around the field. To participate in the parade, please arrive at the ballpark by 5:30pm.
The Sunday, Sept. 1 game will also feature the Purina Pet Food Bowl Mat Giveaway for 2,500 fans. Sunday's game will be a Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday with free ice cream for kids before the game, and then all kids can run the bases after the game. Gates open at 5:09pm.
The Cardinals then wrap up the 2013 Regular Season on Monday, Sept. 2 with a 12:09pm First Pitch. The Labor Day ballgame is Fan Appreciation Day, with all fans in attendance receiving a free ticket voucher for a 2014 game.
For information about becoming a Season Ticket Holder, organizing a Group Outing, booking a Cake Pop Company Birthday Party or ordering Individual Game Tickets right now, call the Front Office at (417) 863-2143 or visit SpringfieldCardinals.com.
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