Dan Uggla was a 26-year-old rookie when he arrived at the 2006 All-Star Game in PNC Park. He was petrified. "A year earlier I'm in Mobile (Ala.) at the Southern League All-Star game where I thought I was pretty cool," Uggla said. "I'm like one of the dudes. A year later I'm in the clubhouse with the best players in the world. I was blown away…I had people come up to me and talk to me and I embraced it, but I did not go up to anybody." One of now four rookies to represent the Marlins at the Mid-Summer Classic, Uggla knows firsthand what Jose Fernandez will experience Tuesday night at Citi Field. Fernandez joined Uggla, Dontrelle Willis (2003) and Alex Gonzalez (1999) as the franchise's lone rookie All-Stars. Fernandez at 20 years, 350 days is the youngest All-Star in club history. Miguel Cabrera at 21 years, 86 days previously held that distinction in 2004, according to STATS LLC. Alex Gonzalez in 1999 at Fenway Park pinch-hit for shortstop Barry Larkin in the seventh and stayed in the game. In 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Willis – a late replacement – did not appear in the game.
Fernandez in exclusive company as rookie All-Star pitcher
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jul 16