Sanchez's name hundreds of thousands of times on ballots last
summer in a bid to send their surprise star to the All-Star game.
Sanchez wasn't voted into the 2006 game, but was an unexpected
choice by N-L manager Phil Garner.
This year, despite not producing the way he did a year ago,
Sanchez is an All-Star again -- this time, a surprise choice by N-L
manager Tony La Russa of Saint Louis.
Sanchez says he was "totally shocked."
Sanchez is the first Pirates infielder to be chosen for
consecutive All-Star games since Garner, of all players, in 1980
Sanchez's numbers are down from a year ago, when his average was
the highest by a Pirates player since Hall of Famer Roberto
Clemente's 1969 mark. But the knee injury slowed him badly early in
the season, and he bounced back in May and June.
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