Palo Alto's Pederson to start for NL team in MLB All-Star Game


While most of professional baseball will take a break next week for the annual MLB All-Star Game and festivities, set for Cincinnati, Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson won't be among those with a few days off.

He'll be in the starting lineup for the National League along with Giants catcher Buster Posey. The team will be managed by the Giants Bruce Bochy.

Pederson will be in Cincinnati, along with at least three of his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates, after being named to the National League team as a reserve.

On Sunday, Pederson was tabbed to replace Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday in the starting lineup.

Pederson is the first Dodgers rookie All-Star since pitcher Hideo Nomo in 1995.

Pederson said his first All-Star nod was "extremely humbling" and "something I dreamed about as a kid."

Pederson was a player selection, fourth among NL outfielders with 365 votes, behind elected starters Bryce Harper (680 votes) and Giancarlo Stanton (626), and Andrew McCutchen (421).

Pederson said it was an honor to be selected by the players.

"It shows they respect the way I play the game," he said. "It's a big honor, that stuff doesn't go unnoticed. I appreciate everybody that voted for me."

Pederson, who is batting .230 with 20 home runs and 40 RBI entering action Sunday, told True Blue LA that he found out about his all-star status in an unusual way.

"Andrew (Friedman, Dodgers president of baseball operations) came up to me and said, 'Don wants to talk to you in the office,' and usually that's not a good sign," Pederson said, laughing. "But when I got in there, the mood changed real quick."

Pederson is tied for fifth in the NL with 20 home runs, and said he would participate in the Home Run Derby if asked. He said he was also approached a few weeks ago about possibly participating, but wanted to see if he made the roster first.

"I think that's the only reason I was picked for the All-Star team because I have some homers," Pederson said. "I think it would be really fun."

Pederson said if he gets picked for the Home Run Derby he would have Dodgers Triple-A coach Johhny Washington pitch to him. Washington was Pederson's hitting coach at rookie-level Ogden in 2011.

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Posted by Blanca
a resident of University South
on Jul 9, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Way to go Joc!! I know Danny's smiling down on you for all that you've accomplished.
Continued wishes for a great season (just go easy when you're playing against the Giants).

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Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 9, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Congrats, Joc! It's been fun watching you play through the youth leagues.

BTW, I root for you when you play the Giants!

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Posted by baseball fan
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

what is the obsession with joc pederson? enough. there are plenty of highly deserving youth from Palo Alto that don't even get one sentence of mention anywhere in the paper.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 13, 2015 at 11:48 am

baseball fan......Really? Joc Pederson is the only athlete from this area not only playing Major League Baseball but STARTING in the All-Star Game. When all the other "deserving" kids in Palo Alto reach this level, please let me know. If you don't want to hear about Joc, then don't read the stories. Palo Alto High had three former athlete playing major league sports -- Joc, Davante Adams (NFL) and Jeremy Lin (NBA). The only other school that can claim such a feat is St. Francis.

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Posted by wow
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Jul 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm

WOW! Sounds like it is personal with "baseball fan". Joc is very deserving of all the press and if you read the weekly they talk about PLENTY OF YOUTH SPORTS and have for years.

What is most impressive about Joc is how he is handling all the press and accolades with humility and just going about his job. He, Jeremy and Devante are not only representing Palo Alto well on the fields but also off the fields!

What Joc is accomplishing is very rare around here and should be celebrated.

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Posted by PowerMax
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 13, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Great performance in the Home Run Derby!! It was so awesome seeing the Pederson family cheering him on, and Champ even got an interview on national TV. You are definitely our hometown heroes!!

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