The Daytona Tortugas have been named the host of the 2020 Florida State League All-Star Game, set for next June at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The festivities will occur on Monday, June 22, and Tuesday, June 23, and mark the first time Daytona Beach has hosted the affair since 2007.
As a part of the All-Star season in Daytona Beach, the ‘Tugas will also host the circuit’s Home Run Derby, a Celebrity Softball Game, as well as a Fan Fest with games and activities for fans of all ages. The Home Run Derby, Celebrity Softball Game, and the Fan Fest will be held on Monday, while the All-Star Game — between the North and South Divisions — itself will take place on Tuesday.
“This is a marquee event for Daytona Beach to highlight our community, our team, and the best players in the Florida State League,” said Tortugas president Ryan Keur. “It is a fantastic way to showcase Jackie Robinson Ballpark, embrace its history, as well as introduce some of our recent stadium improvements to the greater baseball world.”
“Hosting this event is a testament to the recent investments made by the City and Tortugas’ ownership, in addition to the great fans and support that we have here in Central Florida,” added Keur.
Most recently, The Jack hosted the FSL’s mid-summer classic in 2007. In that contest, the East Division defeated the West Division, 8-4, while Palm Beach Cardinals infielder — and future World Series champion — Allen Craig was named the event’s Most Valuable Player.
The Florida State League All-Star Game has been a launching pad for numerous stars in Major League Baseball. Among the previous participants are: OF Aristedes Aquino, SS Javier Báez, 1B Josh Bell, RHP José Berrios, OF Ryan Braun, OF Khris Davis, 3B Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., SS Derek Jeter, INF Jeff McNeil, OF Marcell Ozuna, C J.T. Realmuto, RHP Mariano Rivera, C Gary Sánchez, OF Nick Senzel, OF Jorge Soler, and RHP Noah Syndergaard among others.