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Aumont Heading to Futures Game

OTTAWA, ON – Olympic hopeful Phillippe Aumont has added another honor to his already impressive young career, as he has been selected to the World Team for the XM All-Star Futures Game, to be played July 13 at Yankee Stadium in New York as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities.

Aumont, who hails from Gatineau, Québec, has gone 4-4 in his first professional season with a 2.62 ERA in 12 games (6 starts) for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Seattle Mariners’ Class-A affiliate.

“Obviously it’s an honour to be named for such an event,” says Aumont.  “I always thought that it was meant more for Double-A and Triple-A players, so this is a big thing for me and I hope I can go there and do well.”

The 6’7”, 220 lbs right-hander stands a strong chance of being named to Baseball Canada’s 2008 Olympic Team, which will be announced in mid-July.

“Not many people can say that they’ve gone to the Olympics.  When I was a kid I always thought the Olympics were for runners, but over the last year it’s been on my mind and it would be a dream come true to be a part of the world’s biggest sporting event.”

The All-Star Futures Game will feature two 25-man rosters featuring the top American and international prospects from all 30 Major League organizations.