Former Greenbrier slugger to be named all star

Atlantic League's Freedom Division squad to include Shanks

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Former Greenbrier High School baseball star James Shanks is expected to be named an Atlantic League all-star later this week when the independent minor league releases the official results of its online voting.

Shanks, in his second season with the York Revolution, confirmed this afternoon that he will play for the Freedom Division in the Atlantic League All-Star Game, which is scheduled to be played in York, Penn. next Wednesday.

"I did make the all-star team," he said. "I'm having a decent season, and it'll be good for me this year because the game is here, and it'll be in front of the hometown fans."

The 32-year-old designated hitter ranks among the top 15 in the league with a .304 batting average. He has also tallied 39 RBI, 13 doubles and eight homers in 48 games played.

Fans of the independent league had the opportunity to select the all-star rosters through an online voting process that ended Wednesday. Results from the league office are expected to be announced Friday.

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follower 07/07/11 - 03:57 pm
One of the best raw talents

One of the best raw talents out of this area, albeit with a lack of self-discipline in the early years. I hope he's on track. Roy Hobbs was 34 when he broke in the majors, even if it was a movie [The Natural].

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