The St. Paul Saints have unveiled the 2019 American Association All-Star Game logo, an emblem inspired by the city’s flag that pays tribute to St. Paul’s baseball history. The team has also announced that CHS (a global agribusiness based in Inver Grove Heights, MN and naming-rights sponsor for CHS Field) will partner to present the All-Star Game, a two-day event on July 22 and 23.
“We’re pleased to continue our relationship with the St. Paul Saints and are delighted the 2019 American Association All-Star Game will be played at CHS Field,” said Linda Tank, senior vice president of marketing and communications for CHS. “We’re proud to sponsor the All-Star Game and look forward to another great season of Saints baseball.”
The logo, in the shape of a baseball field, takes its lead from the Saint Paul flag utilizing the color scheme and many of its features. It incorporates the blue, representing the Mississippi River, gold, symbolic of the future, and red, referring to progress and the spirit of the city.
At the top of the logo, in the area of centerfield, is the CHS logo, in white, on top of a blue background. Below, in the middle of the logo, is a swath of gold with the “American Association All-Star Game” written in red. The “A” in “Star” is replaced by a five-pointed blue star, similar to the star in the Saint Paul flag that represents the “Star of the North.” The gold area also includes “CHS Field,” the Saints home ballpark since 2015, left of center and “Saint Paul” right of center. In the middle of the logo is a red shield, representative of the civic shield found in the flag. At the top of the shield, in white, is “2019,” while the words “City of Baseball” are found in white at the bottom. In the middle of the shield is a winged baseball reminiscent of the winged wheel with eight spokes in the flag. The winged wheel indicates Saint Paul’s position as a transportation hub, or in this case Saint Paul’s position as “The City of Baseball.” Finally, there is a blue background behind the shield in the shape of the infield of a baseball playing surface.
“St. Paul has baseball in its DNA,” said Saints EVP and General Manager Derek Sharrer. “From Hall of Famers that have worn ‘Saints’ across their chest, to Hall of Famers who call Saint Paul home, to so many other men and women who helped weave baseball into the fabric of our city. It is our privilege to celebrate these stories through the events of the 2019 American Association All-Star Game.”
Dating back to the late 1800s, St. Paul’s baseball history stretches well beyond the current incarnation of the Saints that began play in 1993. Along with a long lineage of professional clubs that have been based in the city, St. Paul can count three natives in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, including Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, and Jack Morris. The City of Baseball logo is not the only way the Saints will honor St. Paul’s baseball history this season, as a 2,000+ square foot museum is being built on CHS Field’s third base concourse and will open as the 2019 campaign begins.
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