For those of you who did not see it, here is a preview of tonight's All-Star Game that I wrote for Claw Digest.
The 50th annual Florida State League All-Star Game will be played tonight at Bright House Field in Clearwater, home of the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies).
Six Stone Crabs players will be joining the Stone Crabs coaching staff to represent the South Division in tonight's game. Tyler Bortnick, Alex Colome, Hak-Ju Lee, Brett Nommensen, Josh Satow and Greg Sexton were invited to the All-Star Game. They will be joining All-Stars from the Bradenton Marauders, Fort Myers Miracle, Jupiter Hammerheads, Palm Beach Cardinal and St. Lucie Mets.
Opposing them is the North Division led by the coaching staff of the Tampa Yankees. Their roster is comprised of players from the Brevard County Manatees, Clearwater Threshers, Daytona Cubs, Dunedin Blue Jays, Lakeland Flying Tigers and Tampa Yankees.
Festivities began on Friday night with the Sunset Reception at the Hyatt Clearwater Beach. Then Saturday kicks off with the Home Run Derby at 5:45 followed by the All-Star Game at 7:05. A fireworks show and post-game party will take place after the game at the Tiki Bar in left field.
The 2011 South Division All-Stars are LHP Jose Alvarez (Jupiter), IF Aaron Baker (Bradenton), IF Tyler Bortnick (Charlotte), C Ramon Cabrera (Bradenton), RHP Alex Colome (Charlotte), IF Jarek Cunningham (Bradenton), OF Matt Den Dekker (St. Lucie), C Miguel Fermin (Jupiter), LHP Darin Gorski (St. Lucie), RHP Matt Harvey (St. Lucie), OF Kyle Jensen (Jupiter), RHP Joe Kaplan (St, Lucie), RHP Joe Kelly (Palm Beach), OF Edgar Lara (Palm Beach), IF Hak-Ju Lee (Charlotte), RHP Scott Moviel (St. Lucie), OF Brett Nommensen (Charlotte), RHP AJ Ramos (Jupiter), C Danny Rams (Fort Myers), LHP Josh Satow (Charlotte), IF Greg Sexton (Charlotte), RHP Dakota Watts (Fort Myers) and Pedro Zapata (St. Lucie).
The 2011 North Division All-Star are RHP Frank Batista (Daytona), IF Justin Bour (Daytona), C Mike Brenly (Daytona), RHP Nick Bucci (Brevard County), IF Matt Cerda (Daytona), RHP Jarred Cosart (Dunedin), OF Evan Crawford (Daytona), OF Kris Davis (Brevard County), RHP Wes Etheridge (Dunedin), LHP Kenny Faulk (Lakeland), IF Scooter Gennett (Brevard County), OF Bradley Glenn (Dunedin), OF Justin Jackson (Dunedin), C AJ Jimenez (Dunedin), RHP Aaron Kurcz (Daytona), IF Rob Lyerly (Tampa), RHP Trevor May (Clearwater), RHP Deck McGuire (Dunedin), IF Gustavo Nunez (Lakeland), RHP Jonathan Pettitbone (Clearwater), OF Tony Plagman (Lakeland), RHP Julio Rodriguez (Clearwater) and C Julio Rodriguez (Lakeland).
IF Brian Dozier (Fort Myers), P Justin Friend (Clearwater), IF Junior Lake (Daytona), P Brett Lorin (Bradenton), P Kyle McPherson (Bradenton), P Shelby Miller (Palm Beach), P Nestor Molina (Dunedin) and P Bruce Pugh (Fort Myers) and C Sebastian Valle (Clearwater) were selected to the All-Star squad but are unavailable due to promotion or injury.
Bour, Glenn, Jensen, Cunningham, Davis and Plagman are the five players selected to participate in the home run derby prior to the All-Star Game.
You can follow the Stone Crabs and the rest of the FSL All-Stars via an online brodcast provided by the Daytona Cubs and AM1230 WSBB in Volusia County. The game audio can be found on their website.