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. Both the East and West divisions will field a team of 35 players for a total of 70 top prospects from the sixteen teams that make up the Midwest League.
The East, including the Bowling Green Hot Rods players, will be the home team for the game and will be managed by Fort Wayne's coaching staff (the host city) - led by manager Jose Flores. The Western Division will be managed by Burlington's coaching staff (runner-up in the 2009 Midwest League Championship series) - led by manager Jim Gabella.
The 2010 Midwest All-Star Game festivities extend beyond just the game itself on the evening of Tuesday, June 22nd. The night before on Monday, June 21st the talent and power of the Midwest League will be on display in a Skills Competition and Home Run Derby. The 2010 Midwest League Home Run Derby will consist of four players from each division as well as a local participant, Fort Wayne's Hometown Hitter. Fort Wayne's Hometown Hitter will be a local high school baseball player who will be allowed to compete with a regulation IHSAA aluminum bat.
The evening of the Home Run Derby will be preceded by an autograph session by All-Star Game participants as well as an exhibition home run derby featuring members from area Little Leagues. Participants in the Little League Home Run Derby will be 12 years of age or younger and special fencing will be erected for this portion of the event. The evening's events will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display.
Tuesday afternoon will feature an All-Star Game Fan Fest, free to the public, at the Grand Wayne Center starting at noon and lasting until 3:00pm. The Fan Fest will provide attendees with access to players from both the Eastern and Western divisions for autographs. The Fan Fest will also include interactive games, inflatables, and kids activities.
Fort Wayne has combined the best entertainment in Minor League Baseball to entertain those in attendance during the 2010 All-Star Game. The ZOOperstars, BirdZerk, Myron Noodleman, and Breakin' BBoy McCoy will entertain Parkview 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 and the All-Star Game. Tickets can be purchased by logging on to TinCaps.com, calling (260) 482-6400, or by visiting the Parkview Field Ticket Office.