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#MLBPlayers411 | Josh Harrison

   07-12-2017
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Today's #MLBPlayersAllStar17 #MLBPlayers411 subject, Josh Harrison, appeared in his second-career All-Star Game Tuesday in Miami in a season in which The versatile infielder has found success at the plate – hitting .280 with 10 home runs -- while becoming an even bigger fan favorite in Pittsburgh with his unique blend of passion and personality.

The Pirates are struggling this season, so unlike his first All-Star Game appearance in 2014, Josh was the club's lone representative in Miami this week. The 30-year-old from Cincinnati is driven by the support he receives from the fans in his adopted city.

“Anybody that's ever been to Pittsburgh knows it's a city with a lot of passion, a lot of pride,” Harrison said before Tuesday's game. “For me to represent that city, that organization is something I don't take lightly.”

Josh represented his city in style in Tuesday night's Midsummer Classic, wearing a gold shoe on one foot and a white one on the other, in addition to multi-colored arm bands. 

 Josh is a do-it-all kind of player on the field for the Bucs; he has played second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions throughout his six-year career. He even found himself on the mound back in 2013 albeit just for one-third of an inning.

Josh stayed home to play college ball at the University of Cincinnati, for which he terrorized opposing pitching for three years, hitting .367, .327 and .378 before being selected in the sixth round of the 2008 draft by the Chicago Cubs. He was traded to the Pirates on July 30, 2009.

As it does for many players, the All-Star Game provided a moment for Josh to reflect on his journey to the big leagues.

“There are times even outside of the All-Star Game — we could be playing in Pittsburgh or St. Louis — where sometimes I just take a step back and say, ‘Man, I'm here.' I don't take it for granted. I don't,” Harrison said after the game. 

He made his major-league debut on May 31, 2011 against the Mets and tallied his first major-league hit that day. Tiger fans remember Josh as the guy who spoiled what would've been Justin Verlander's third-career no-hitter with a single in the ninth inning on May 18, 2012.

Aside from his versatility, Josh is known for his vibrant personality and the flair he brings to the ballpark every night. He talked about that during media availability this week in Miami.

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