Should be worth the drive: The West Michigan Whitecaps and Fifth Third Ballpark are hosting the 2014 Class Midwest League All-Star Game on June 17 — the 50th ASG in league history.
This will be the third time the Whitecaps have hosted the game in the team’s 20-year history. The Whitecaps first hosted the game in 1995 and hosted again in 2003.
Many of Major League’s best players have participated in past MWL All-Star Games, including Tigers superstars Miguel Cabrera (Kane County, 2001) and Prince Fielder (Beloit, 2003). All-time MLB greats Goose Gossage, Vida Blue, Carlton Fisk, Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer have also played in the game.
Whitecaps President Scott Lane said hosting the 50th anniversary game is an honor.
“This is a big deal for us,” Lane said. “Not only are we hosting the Midwest League’s premier event, but we’re hosting it in its 50th year. We intend to put on a grand show for the fans, executives and players of the 16 teams in the league. We will showcase not only Fifth Third Ballpark during the two-day event, but West Michigan as well.”
The Dayton Dragons hosted the game in 2013, when Whitecaps second baseman Devon Travis won the game’s MVP award after going 2-for-2 with a three-run triple. Whitecaps first baseman Jeff Holm and pitcher Jose Valdez were also named to the 2013 All-Star team. Current Whitecaps player Dean Green was named to the 2012 All-Star team.
Details on activities surrounding the game will be announced at a later date. Ticket information will also be announced at a later date.
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