The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced today that the organization has been selected to host the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game at Coca-Cola Park, as well as the adjoining All-Star Game festivities.The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced today that the organization has been selected to host the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game at Coca-Cola Park, as well as the adjoining All-Star Game festivities. The 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game, which will take place July 14 and televised to a national audience, is the focal point of a multi-day baseball extravaganza that will showcase the Lehigh Valley community.
The Triple-A All-Star Game — played annually since 1988 — features the premier players of all 30 Major League team’s top affiliates as the International League and the Pacific Coast League All-Stars square off in a head-to-head contest. Among the other public events scheduled are an All-Star Fan Fest — which will feature fan autograph sessions and baseball-themed attractions, a Home Run Derby, an All-Star luncheon and several other ballpark and community events.
"It is an honor for our young franchise to be chosen to host a Triple-A All-Star Game – and we are excited about the positive impact this event will have on the Lehigh Valley and the surrounding region," said IronPigs President Chuck Domino. "We are anxious for the opportunity to introduce the Lehigh Valley, our loyal fans and Coca-Cola Park to the rest of the nation."
The team also unveiled the official 2010 Triple-A All-Star Logo, which incorporates the regionally popular Moravian Star while honoring Lehigh Valley’s role in producing much of the steel that built America. The mark also features the IronPigs’ primary logo and the team’s official colors of Brick Red, Furnace Blue and IronPigs Steel.
The annual classic, which rotates annually between IL and PCL host cities, will be played in Portland, Ore., on July 14, 2009. The 2008 game was a wild affair, with the PCL scoring six runs in the ninth inning before holding on for a 6-5 victory over the IL in front of a capacity crowd of 13,131 at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville. Recent Triple-A All-Star Games have also been played in Albuquerque (2007), Toledo (2006) and Sacramento (2005). All 30 organizations that comprise Major League Baseball are annually represented with at least one player in the Triple-A All-Star Game.