Press release from the TinCaps:
Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field to Host 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby
The Fort Wayne TinCaps announced today details of the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game festivities that will take place in Fort Wayne, Indiana this coming June 21st and 22nd.Â The Midwest League All-Star Game is a showcase for the top prospects in the league. Both the EastÂ and West divisions will field a team of 35 players for a total of 70 top prospects from the sixteen teamsÂ that make up the Midwest League.
The Midwest League consists of two eight-team divisions. The East will be the home team for the gameÂ and will be managed by Fort Wayne’s coaching staff (the host city) – led by manager Jose Flores. TheÂ Eastern division is comprised of the Dayton Dragons, Great Lakes Loons, Lansing Lugnuts, WestÂ Michigan Whitecaps, South Bend Silver Hawks, and Fort Wayne TinCaps. The two final teams thatÂ comprise the Eastern division are new comers to the league the Lake County Captains and BowlingÂ Green Hot Rods. Lake County and Bowling Green formerly competed in the South Atlantic League.
The Western Division will be managed by Burlington’s coaching staff (runner-up in the 2009 MidwestÂ League Championship series) – led by manager Jim Gabella. The Western division teams are theÂ Burlington Bees, Clinton Lumberkings, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Quad Cities River Bandits, Peoria Chiefs,Â Beloit Snappers, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, and Kane County Cougars.
The Midwest League All-Star Game, which rotates between the sixteen member teams, returns to FortÂ Wayne for the first time since Memorial Stadium played host to the game in 1994. Four players are stillÂ currently active in the Major Leagues that were named to the 1994 Midwest League All-Star roster. BillyÂ Wagner, Raul Ibanez, Mike Sweeney, and Alex Rodriguez are currently playing in the Major Leagues.Â (Rodriguez was named to the 1994 roster, but was promoted prior to the game being played.)
The Midwest League continues to be a showcase for future Major League talent. Albert Pujols, PrinceÂ Fielder, Justin Morneau, Johan Santana, Jake Peavy, Joe Mauer, Dan Haren, and Miguel Cabrera areÂ just a few of the names that filled the rosters of Midwest League All-Star teams in the past. The 2010Â All-Star Game will be yet another showcase for the future stars of the Major Leagues.
The 2010 Midwest All-Star Game festivities extend beyond just the game itself on the evening ofÂ Tuesday, June 22nd. The night before on Monday, June 21st the talent and power of the MidwestÂ League will be on display in a Skills Competition and Home Run Derby. The 2010 Midwest LeagueÂ Home Run Derby will consist of four players from each division as well as a local participant, FortÂ Wayne’s Hometown Hitter.
Fort Wayne’s Hometown Hitter will be a high school baseball player determined through a series ofÂ preliminary contests, culminating in a single player qualifying to compete against the best power hittersÂ in the Midwest League. Schools in the SAC, NHC, ACAC, and Independent high schools BlackhawkÂ Christian and Canterbury, were invited to nominate one player each to compete in preliminary eventsÂ taking place after each Sunday game in May. The top power hitters will advance to the finals toÂ determine Fort Wayne’s Hometown Hitter. The Hometown Hitter will be allowed to compete with aÂ regulation IHSAA aluminum bat.
The evening of the Home Run Derby will be preceded by an autograph session by All-Star GameÂ participants as well as an exhibition home run derby featuring members from area Little Leagues.Â Participants in the Little League Home Run Derby will be 12 years of age or younger and specialÂ fencing will be erected for this portion of the event. The evening’s events will culminate in aÂ spectacular fireworks display.
Tuesday afternoon will feature an All-Star Game Fan Fest, free to the public, at the Grand WayneÂ Center starting at noon and lasting until 3:00pm. The Fan Fest will provide attendees with access toÂ players from both the Eastern and Western divisions for autographs. The Fan Fest will also includeÂ interactive games, inflatables, and kids activities.
Not only will the players on the field be the best that the Midwest League has to offer, theÂ entertainment between innings will also be second to none. Fort Wayne has combined the bestÂ entertainment in Minor League Baseball to entertain those in attendance during the 2010 All-StarÂ Game. The ZOOperstars, BirdZerk, Myron Noodleman, and Breakin’ BBoy McCoy will entertain ParkviewÂ Field throughout the June 22nd star-studded event. Fireworks will also conclude the night’s festivities.
Tickets are still available for both the Home Run Derby on Monday, June 21st and the Midwest League
All-Star Game taking place on Tuesday, June 22nd. Tickets can be purchased by logging on toÂ TinCaps.com, calling (260) 482-6400, or by visiting the Parkview Field Ticket Office. Group rates,Â discounts, and group areas are also available by contacting the TinCaps Administrative Office.