MORE­LAND

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cho­sen to rep­re­sent the Red Sox on the Amer­i­can League ros­ter in tonight's All-Star Game.

Even though Polk is coach­ing near Bos­ton in the Cape Cod League, his sched­ule does not al­low him to go see More­land play. That did not keep Polk from con­tact­ing More­land af­ter learn­ing the news about the All-Star Game.

"I called Mitch right af­ter it hap­pened and I said 'Mitch I'm proud of you,'" Polk said. "That's huge. I don't think he won the bal­lot of the fans, so the play­ers put him on there. He's up there in Bos­ton. I never get the chance to see him play even though he's an hour and a half away. I've been so busy with a lot of games."

The Red Sox are first in the AL East at the Al­lS­tar break and More­land has been a big rea­son why with 11 home runs and 46 RBI. He has a .278 bat­ting av­er­age and his four triples ranked in the top 10 of the Amer­i­can League.

One of the most re­ward­ing parts of be­ing in­volved in the All-Star Game for More­land is he gets to ex­pe­ri­ence it with his fam­ily and es­pe­cially 5-year-old son Crue.

"I think the big­gest thing over the years is watch­ing the Home Run Derby, (and) the guys hav­ing their kids with them out on the field," More­land told The As­so­ci­ated Press. "I'm look­ing for­ward to do­ing that with my son, my old­est, and I think he's look­ing for­ward to that, too."

More­land be­comes the ninth former Mis­sis­sippi

State player to be se­lected an All-Star and 23rd to­tal se­lec­tion. He is the first since Jonathan Papel­bon made the Na­tional League ros­ter with the Philadel­phia Phillies in 2015.

As a se­nior Bull­dog in 2007, More­land bat­ted .343 with 10 homers and 62 RBI. MSU went to the Col­lege World Series that sea­son.

Joe Dier, a former MSU sports in­for­ma­tion direc­tor for base­ball, re­mem­bers when More­land came to the mound from right field to earn a save to claim the Starkville Su­per Re­gional cham­pi­onship and se­cure the trip to Omaha, Ne­braska.

"It was his last game at Dudy Noble Field for us," Dier said. "He played right field for us and he was pretty good on the mound. In that cham­pi­onship game of the NCAA su­per re­gional, Mitch came in and re­tired the two bat­ters he faced. I think there was a run­ner on base, but it was a save sit­u­a­tion and the last out was a three­p­itch strike­out. he was about as pumped as the crowd was at Dudy Noble Field."

Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro, Jeff Brant­ley, Bobby Thig­pen and Papel­bon are other MLB All-Stars that played for the Bull­dogs un­der Polk.

When it comes to More­land, Polk said he had the com­plete pack­age.

"He was a great player for us, a great per­son, a great guy to re­cruit and a great dual guy," Polk said. "We're proud of him and glad he is in the All-Star Game. I wish I could watch it, but we've got games ev­ery night."

The MLB All-Star game will be tele­vised by FOX start­ing at 7 p.m.

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