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Schmidt joins Bonds as All-Star
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07/06/2003  8:00 PM ET 
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Jason Schmidt has five complete games this year, including three shutouts. (Eric Risberg/AP)
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    SAN DIEGO -- Barry Bonds and Jason Schmidt were selected as the Giants representatives to the National League All-Star team. Bonds, San Francisco's left fielder, was picked for the 12th time, but will be playing in his 11th game. He missed the 2000 game in Atlanta's Turner Field because of injury.

    The right-handed Schmidt is the ace of the Giants starting rotation and is an All-Star for the first time in his eight-year career.

    Bonds, with 1,919,116 votes, had the third-most fan votes in the National League, finishing behind Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen and St. Louis outfielder Albert Pujols.

    "I'm surprised," Bonds said. "At 39 years old, I'm surprised to be voted onto the team and to still be getting this many votes."

    Schmidt was selected to the pitching staff by a combination of players and managers, who voted in tandem for the first time this season under a new format.

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    Both players will be reunited with former Giants manager Dusty Baker, who led San Francisco to the NL pennant last season and is managing the NL All-Star team this season. Baker left San Francisco and is now managing the Cubs.

    "It'll be great to get there and see Dusty again," Schmidt said.

    The game itself offers the added attraction that the winning league will have home-field advantage in the World Series.

    Since the Giants have been in first place in the NL West since Opening Day, the outcome of the All-Star Game could affect the outcome of the World Series. The NL would host World Series games 1, 2, 6 and 7 if the Senior Circuit wins the All-Star Game this year.

    Last season, the Giants were on the road for Game 7 of the World Series and lost to the Angels in Anaheim.

    "When you put it that way, it does give us an added incentive to buckling down and winning the All-Star Game," Schmidt said. "Hosting Game 7 last year probably would have made a big difference. It'll be interesting to see how the other players react to it."

    Bonds, who turns 39 on July 24, went into Sunday's series finale against the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium with a .308 batting average, a .494 on-base percentage, 25 homers, 52 RBIs and 60 runs scored.

    With 638 career homers, he is just 22 behind his godfather, Willie Mays, who is in third place on the all-time list with 660. Babe Ruth has 714 and Hank Aaron leads with 755. Just weeks ago, Bonds became the first player in history to amass 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases.

      Barry Bonds   /   LF
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 210
    Bats/Throws: L/L

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    Bonds called getting elected to the NL All-Star team for the 10th time "a real honor." But he said his goal is to make it back to the World Series and win it.

    "I don't care who has home-field advantage," he said. "The important thing for me is to get back to the World Series again."

    Bonds, in his 18th season -- the first seven with the Pirates -- has never won the World Series. He played in it for the first time last October. In the All-Star Game he's a .250 hitter (10-for-24) with two homers and seven RBIs. He hit one of those homers last July in Miller Park and was robbed of another that night when American League center fielder Torii Hunter of the Twins leaped above the fence to make a one-handed grab.

    Bonds, though, has excelled as an All-Star representing Major League Baseball during the last two winter tours of Japan. He won the MVP on the 2001 tour and hit eight homers last November as the MLB team played eight games touring four Japanese cities.

    Bonds, who said he will fulfill his current Giants contract and play at least three more seasons, said he's taking aim at breaking Aaron's all-time homer mark.

    "I've got a lot of stuff that I've still got to do in this game," Bonds said. "I just need to stay healthy so I can keep playing and do it."

        Jason Schmidt   /   P
    Height: 6'5"
    Weight: 220
    Bats/Throws: R/R

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    Schmidt, 30, who lost to the Padres on Saturday night, is 8-4 with a 2.30 ERA this season. He's 77-66 in his career, which also included stints in Atlanta and Pittsburgh. He's 28-13 since the Giants got him from Pittsburgh on July 30, 2001, in a four-player trade.

    Schmidt said his selection was unexpected even though he has been the anchor of the Giants staff since the deal at the 2001 non-waiver trade deadline.

    "It's kind of bittersweet -- to lose Saturday night and get selected today," Schmidt said. "It has made a big difference to me just getting over here on a winning team and having a chance to go out there every day and win. They say the grass isn't always greener on the other side. But it is here, for me."

    Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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