From State to All-Star

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt, shown here being stopped at third base at Bobcat Ballpark, is hitting the cover off the ball as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks (File Photo).

Even though many Texas State fans still fondly recall Paul Goldschmidt and his tape-measure home runs that left craters in the softball field behind Bobcat Ballpark’s left-field fence, his last at-bat with the program occurred a little more than four years ago. That’s an eternity in baseball years, especially with Goldschmidt’s career arc.

Since 2009, Goldschmidt raced through the minor leagues, was named the 2011 USA Today Minor League Player of the Year, bypassed Triple-A and debuted on the big stage during a playoff run in which he mashed a towering grand slam. Oh, Goldschmidt is currently leading the National League in runs batted in, recently got voted to participate in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game (held Tuesday night in New York) and signed a lucrative contract before the season started.

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