Former RiverHawk Rosario an all-star in Class AA
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July 8, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Former Rockford RiverHawk Olmo Rosario is once again an all-star, but this time he’s doing it just two steps away from the major leagues.

Rosario, now with the San Francisco Giants organization, has been named to the Class AA Eastern League All-Star Game. It’s scheduled for Wednesday, July 16th at MerchantsAuto.com Stadium in Manchester, N.H.

Rosario is hitting .299 with five home runs and 29 RBI and has stolen 11 bases for the Connecticut Defenders, San Francisco’s affiliate in the EL.

Rosario spent 2004-05 with the RiverHawks. He was the Frontier League Championship Series Most Valuable Player in 2004, when the RiverHawks won Rockford’s first professional baseball championship in more than 50 years. In 2005, Rosario was a Frontier League All-Star. He hit .373, second in the league, with 123 hits. Both are still team records.

“Olmo was one of the most popular and successful players in team history,” RiverHawks general manager Josh Olerud said. “He represented the team well on and off the field and we’re excited to see him recognized at such a high level of baseball.”

The Giants signed the shortstop last fall after he was named the independent Can-Am League’s 2007 Player of the Year. He hit .362 with 12 homers, 59 RBI and a league-leading 133 hits and stole 25 bases for the Nashua Pride.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 16th season this summer. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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