By Mike Harrington
Mauro Gomez was named as the designated hitter on the International League All-Star team today, making him the first Buffalo Bison honored by the IL since 2007.
Gomez, an April waiver claim from the Boston Red Sox, is batting .243 with 28 homers and 68 RBIs for the Herd in 103 games. The 28 homers are tied for second in the league and rank in the top 10 in all of minor league baseball. Gomez leads the team in RBIs, extra-base hits (47) and total bases (196).
Gomez is the Bisons' 39th postseason all-star in their modern era and their first since outfielder Ben Francisco was named in 2007. Buffalo did not have a postseason all-star in its four-year affiliation with the New York Mets. Gomez also played in this year's Triple-A All-Star Game in Reno, Nev.
The only other Bisons player to be selected in the DH position was Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Young in 2004. Gomez, the IL MVP last year with Pawtucket, joins Gwinnett's Barbaro Canizares (2009-10) as the only players in IL history to earn all-star DH honors in consecutive years.
Rochester first baseman Chris Colabello was named the IL's MVP and Rookie of Year, becoming the first player to sweep those awards since Columbus' J.T. Snow in 1992. Former Bison J.D. Martin of Durham, the league leader with 15 wins, was named Pitcher of the Year and Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo was named Manager of the Year.
The league's announcement of the complete team can be read here.