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Atlantic League All-Star Rosters Announced

Earlier this week, Indy Ball Island posted an article about the Atlantic League debuting electronic balls and strikes during the upcoming All-Star game.

Now the league has announced the players who will be playing in that game next week.

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League unveils Freedom and Liberty Division rosters for July 10 All-Star Game in York, Pa.
(York, Pa., July 5, 2019) – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced the rosters for the 2019 Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be held next Wednesday at PeoplesBank Park, home of the York Revolution. The 22nd annual ALPB Mid-Summer Classic will feature Freedom and Liberty Division players selected by fans and team officials in a matchup beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“Our fans again stepped up and championed their favorite players to create two great rosters,” said Atlantic League President Rick White. “We want to thank the thousands of fans who voted and the team officials who helped us shape another terrific All-Star Game, and we congratulate the players selected. It’s going to be a great event.”

The Liberty Division roster (see below) will feature 25 players – eight Somerset Patriots, seven High Point Rockers, six Long Island Ducks, and four New Britain Bees – led by 18-year Atlantic League veteran player and coach Enohel Polanco, bench and third base coach of the hosting York Revolution. The Liberty Division will be the “visiting” team for the All-Star Game.

The Freedom Division team will consist of 23 players – eight Revs, six Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, five Lancaster Barnstormers, and four Sugar Land Skeeters – and be managed by Revolution skipper Mark Mason, the 31-year veteran coach/manager and the winningest manager in Revolution history. Mason’s Freedom Division team will serve as the “home” team for Wednesday’s game. Two Freedom Division players – outfielder J.P. Sportman of York and pitcher Bryan Harper of Lancaster – were also selected but unable to attend due to injuries.

The 2019 All-Star Game will begin on the Brooks Robinson Plaza at 4 p.m. with the free family entertainment in the Judgement Free Fun Zone presented by Planet Fitness. The All-Star Home Run Derby will kick off at 5:45 p.m., the All-Star Game’s first pitch will be at 7:30 p.m., and the fan-favorite ZOOperstars! will perform between innings. After the game, AAA Southern Pennsylvania will present the largest fireworks display in ballpark history.

New to this year’s All-Star Game, fans of all eight teams may bid on the All-Star Game jerseys of their favorite players from the comfort of their smartphones. Proceeds of the auction will benefit CommunityAid, a non-profit organization that operates thrift stores throughout Central Pennsylvania and raises funds for distribution to local schools, churches, synagogues, temples, and nonprofit charitable organizations. The auction is now open and will close at 9 p.m. on July 10. Fans who wish to bid should find the Live Source app in their Google Play or Apple stores.

Tickets and details are available at www.allstargameyork.com.

Here are the complete rosters of this year’s Atlantic League All-Star teams:

Freedom Division

Pitchers
Mitch Atkins                              York Revolution
Cody Eppley                             Lancaster Barnstomers
Mat Latos                                 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Jameson McGrane                    York Revolution
Kevin Munson                           Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Carlos Pimentel                         Sugar Land Skeeters
Craig Stem                               Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Daryl Thompson                        Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Matt West                                 Sugar Land Skeeters

Catchers
Anderson De La Rosa               Lancaster Barnstormers
James Skelton                          York Revolution

Infielders
Ryan Dent                                York Revolution
Dan Gamache                           Lancaster Barnstormers
Telvin Nash                               York Revolution
Juan Silverio                             Sugar Land Skeeters

Outfielders
Henry Castillo                           York Revolution
Welington Dotel                         York Revolution
Caleb Gindl                               Lancaster Barnstormers
Jared Mitchell                            Sugar Land Skeeters
Isaias Tejeda                            York Revolution
Cory Vaughn                             Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

Designated Hitter
Joe Terdoslavich                       Lancaster Barnstormers

Utility Player
Charlie Valerio                          Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

Liberty Division

Pitchers
Mike Antonini                            Somerset Patriots
Devin Burke                              New Britain Bees
Brian Clark                                High Point Rockers
Jim Fuller                                  New Britain Bees
Joe Iorio                                   Long Island Ducks
David Kubiak                             Somerset Patriots
James Pugliese                         Somerset Patriots
Rob Rogers                              Long Island Ducks
Sam Runion                              High Point Rockers
Ashur Tolliver                            High Point Rockers
Joe Van Meter                          High Point Rockers

Catchers
Logan Moore                            New Britain Bees
Mike Ohlman                            Somerset Patriots

Infielders
Will Kengor                               Somerset Patriots
Tyler Ladendorf                         High Point Rockers
L.J. Mazzilli                               Long Island Ducks
Alfredo Rodriguez                     Somerset Patriots
David Washington                     Long Island Ducks

Outfielders
Breland Almadova                     High Point Rockers
Stephen Cardullo                      High Point Rockers
Ramon Flores                           Somerset Patriots
Kirk Nieuwenhuis                      Long Island Ducks
Justin Pacchioli                         Somerset Patriots

Designated Hitter
Jonathan Galvez                       New Britain Bees

Utility Player
Deibinson Romero                     Long Island Ducks

About the York Revolution

The York Revolution Professional Baseball Club is a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The Revolution were Atlantic League Champions in 2010, 2011, and 2017. The 2019 season is the team’s 13th. Located at 5 Brooks Robinson Way, PeoplesBank Park hosts all 70 home games, in addition to myriad events through the entire calendar year. For tickets or more information, please call 717-801-HITS (4487) or visit the Revolution online at www.YorkRevolution.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.
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Atlantic and Frontier League All-Star Rosters Announced

Today, both the Atlantic League and the Frontier League released their All-Star rosters.

The Atlantic League All-Star Game will take place on July 12th at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

The Frontier League All-Star Game will also take place on July 12th at Slammers Stadium located in downtown Joliet, Illinois.

Atlantic League

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(Bridgewater, N.J., July 3, 2017) – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball have announced the Freedom and Liberty Division All-Stars selected to play in the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game to be hosted at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 12th. The All-Star festivities will begin at the ballpark at 5:00 pm, with the game scheduled for 7:10 pm.

Both squads will feature 22 players, including 13 position players and nine pitchers (rosters at end of this story). Players were chosen by a combination of balloting of league and team officials, managers, media representatives and fan voting. Nearly 35,000 ballots were cast by fans to help choose this year’s squads.

“Every year I am impressed by the players that represent our league and this year’s All-Stars are no exception,” said Atlantic League President Rick White. “Each showcase their talents at a very high level of play, which has led to a league record 38 player contracts being purchased already this season by Major League Baseball and international leagues. Fans will see the very best Atlantic League players in an All-Star setting. TD Bank Ballpark is an award-winning ballpark and I am very excited for our players and fans to experience an All-Star experience in Somerset.”

The home Liberty Division is made up of eight Somerset Patriots, five Bridgeport Bluefish, five Long Island Ducks, and four New Britain Bees. The team will be managed by Somerset’s Brett Jodie, who guided his team to the Liberty Division First Half Championship and a league best 42-28 record. In his five seasons as manager of the Somerset Patriots, Jodie’s teams have made the playoffs every year. He won Atlantic League Championship and Manager of the Year honors in 2015.

The visiting Freedom Division consists of seven Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, six York Revolution, five Lancaster Barnstormers, and four Sugar Land Skeeters. Sugar Land’s Gary Gaetti will manage the squad after leading the Skeeters to their first championship in 2016. The 20-year Major League veteran is the only manager in Sugar Land history and was named Manager of the Year in 2013 when his team set a league record with 95 wins.

“We are honored to be the site of the 20th Atlantic League All-Star Game,” said Somerset Patriots Chairman Steve Kalafer, a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic League. “As one of the original members of the league, it’s a fitting place to celebrate this milestone event. The rosters reflect the very best of our league and we owe it to the players and all of the fans to make it an All-Star Game they’ll always remember.”

The 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game is the premiere event of the summer, hosted by the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 12th. The event is presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and will feature the biggest Fireworks Show in ballpark history, commemorative giveaways for all ages, entertainment from the ZOOperstars and Birdzerk, and a Home Run Derby before the game. For tickets, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) 

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

Freedom Division Liberty Division
PITCHERS PITCHERS
Brad Allen York Revolution Duane Below Somerset Patriots
Cody Eppley So. Maryland Blue Crabs John Brownell Long Island Ducks
Brian Grening So. Maryland Blue Crabs David Carpenter Bridgeport Bluefish
Jake Hale Sugar Land Skeeters Amalio Diaz Long Island Ducks
Gaby Hernandez So. Maryland Blue Crabs David Kubiak Somerset Patriots
Chase Huchingson York Revolution Rainy Lara Bridgeport Bluefish
Michael Nix Sugar Land Skeeters Cory Riordan Bridgeport Bluefish
Scott Shuman Lancaster Barnstormers Nate Roe New Britain Bees
Daryl Thompson So. Maryland Blue Crabs Rick Teasley Somerset Patriots
CATCHERS CATCHERS
Anderson De La Rosa Lancaster Barnstormers Alex Burg Long Island Ducks
Isaias Tejeda York Revolution Yovan Gonzalez Somerset Patriots
INFIELDERS INFIELDERS
Kevin Ahrens Sugar Land Skeeters Tyler Bortnick Somerset Patriots
Michael Burgess York Revolution Carlos Guzman Somerset Patriots
Vladimir Frias Lancaster Barnstormers Luis Hernandez Bridgeport Bluefish
Sean Halton Lancaster Barnstormers Elmer Reyes Long Island Ducks
Michael Snyder So. Maryland Blue Crabs Jovan Rosa New Britain Bees
Garrett Weber Lancaster Barnstormers Angelo Songco Long Island Ducks
Zach Wilson So. Maryland Blue Crabs
OUTFIELDERS OUTFIELDERS
Anthony Giansanti Sugar Land Skeeters Conor Bierfeldt New Britain Bees
Alonzo Harris York Revolution Michael Crouse New Britain Bees
Devon Rodriguez So. Maryland Blue Crabs Aharon Eggleston Somerset Patriots
Travis Witherspoon York Revolution D’Arby Myers Bridgeport Bluefish
Justin Pacchioli Somerset Patriots
COACHES COACHES
Gary Gaetti – Manager Sugar Land Skeeters Brett Jodie – Manager Somerset Patriots
Raffy Montalvo – Pitching Coach Sugar Land Skeeters Glen Barker – Hitting/3B Coach Somerset Patriots
Travis Scott – Bench Coach Sugar Land Skeeters Cory Domel – Pitching Coach Somerset Patriots
Fox Beyer – Bench Coach Somerset Patriots
Jon Hunton – Bullpen Coach Somerset Patriots

 

Frontier League

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SAUGET, Ill. – The Frontier League Professional Baseball is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2017 All-Star Game as hosted by the Joliet Slammers at Slammers Stadium located in downtown Joliet, Illinois on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Normal’s cornerstone first-baseman, Aaron Dudley has been voted to his third All-Star appearance since his arrival in Normal in 2013. Dudley has proven to be a dominant batter with a .332 career batting average over the course of his eight season career in the Frontier League. The slugger has had one-hundred and ten doubles and fifty-one homeruns.

Josh Allen of the Evansville Otter will be taking second base for the West All-Stars. This is Allen’s 3rd appearance at the Frontier League All-Star game (2014 and 2016). Allen is in his fourth season with the Otters. He helped the Otters to the playoffs in 2014 and helped the Otters to their Frontier League Championship last while winning the Morgan Burkhart Award as Frontier League Most Valuable Player season. In his Frontier League career, Josh is batting .303 in three-hundred and nine total games.

First year Freedom, Jose Brizuela will take the start at third base. Jose is in his first season in the Frontier League. Brizuela has been helping lead the bats for Florence with a .339 on the season in forty-five games. He also has ten homers, eleven doubles, three triples and forty-three runs batted-in. the Weston, Florida native has played in the Midwest League, California League, Arizona League and the New York-Penn League.

Santiago Chirino of the CornBelters will get the shortstop duties as he is also elected to his third all-star appearances in nine years (2013, 14, 16). Chirino too offers a great deal of batting support. Since 2013, Chirino has hit .312. Santiago hails from Punto Fijo, Venezuela

Evansville Otter Dane Phillips will take the duties as the backstop for the West All-Stars. Phillips earned Player of the Week on June 11, 2017. Phillips offers power as well as a leader for the West. Phillips is in his third season with the Otters. So far this season with 43 games, Phillips is batting .341 with fourteen doubles, twenty-nine RBI, and nine homers.

Gateway Grizzlie Blake Brown gets his first All-Star selection since coming to the Frontier League in 2015. Brown has been the leader of the Grizzlies so far this season with two games with multiple home runs. Brown will not be too far from his hometown in Joliet as his hometown is Bloomington, Illinois. Brown leads the Gateway charge with a .306 batting average and ten homers.

Evansville will have two starting outfielders in Jeff Gardner and John Schultz. Jeff Gardner now in his second season with the Otters returns as part of the 2016 Championship team. Gardner leads the Frontier League with twelve homeruns and six doubles. Gardner joined the Otters in 2016 after spending time with the Washington Nationals organization.

John Schultz takes the final spot in the West All-Stars lineup in the outfield. Schultz will bring more experience to the roster as this is his third All-Star appearance (2013, 15). Schultz is also a 2016 Frontier League Champion. John sits on a .347 average, with eleven doubles, a triple, four homers, twenty-eight runs and thirty-two RBI. Since 2013, Schultz has a .292 batting average.

West Division Additions– The 2016 Frontier League Champions Evansville will send Alejandro Segovia (1B), Max Duval (P) and Kyano Cummings (P). First place Florence Freedom will send a handful of their own to the All-Star game including Daniel Fraga (2B), Andre Murcurio (OF), Tony Vocca (P), Jordan Kraus (P), Cody Gray (P) and Marty Anderson (P). The River City Rascals will be represented by Josh Silver (3B) and Mike Jurgella (C). Craig Massey (SS) and John Werner (P) will make an appearance for the Southern Illinois Miners. Joining Dudley and Chirino for the CornBelters will be Craig Lepre (C) and Shawn Blackwell (P). The Gateway Grizzlies will be sending Mike Elwood to the join Blake Brown.

The Washington Wild Things proclaimed “Big Red Monster” Kane Sweeney will be the starting first-baseman for the East All-Stars. Sweeney on the season is batting .338 with fourteen doubles, a triple, six homers, twenty-nine runs and thirty-three RBI. Sweeney is in his first season with the Frontier League. From 2015-2016, Sweeney spent time in the New York Yankees organizations.

Three time 2017 Player of the Week, Schaumburg Boomer Seth Spivey will be taking second base for the East. Spivey currently leads the Frontier League with a .423 batting average as well as forty-five RBI. Spivey also has nine homers. Spivey has been the most consistent part of the Schaumburg offensive surge since the beginning of the season.

Joliet Slammer Danny Zardon will be the third-baseman for the East. Zardon who is also in his first season with the Frontier League will show some of his talents as he is batting .255, with eighteen runs, eight doubles, four homers and twenty-one RBI. Before coming to the Frontier League, Zardon spent 2016 and some of 2017 with the Philadelphia Phillies organization. In his short time this season, Zardon has without a doubt gained looks from the voters across the League.

Will Kengor of the Traverse City Beach Bums will get the nod at shortstop for the East All-Stars. Kengor gets his second All-Star appearance after being voted to the game last season. Kengor continues to be one of the most reliable hitters for the Beach Bums as he is hitting .325 with forty-two RBI, twenty runs scored and eight homers.

Larry Balkwill takes the helm at the catcher spot for the East All-Stars. Balkwill joined the ThunderBolts in 2015 and has had 142 total appearances. Balkwill’s defensive leadership and consistency in the offensive side of the ball has been the reason he was voted to this year’s All-Star team. He has appeared in forty-games this season with a .268 batting average with ten doubles, a triple, and seven homers,

Juan Silva will not have leave town to join his other Slammer teammates. Silva is in his first season with the Slammers. Silva has been part of the Reds and Mariners organization. Silva is batting .327 on the season including thirty runs, ten doubles, ten homers and thirty-five RBI.

Brailin Jackson will join fellow Wild Things teammate Kane Sweeney as the second outfielder for the East. Jackson, in his first season in the Frontier League is hitting .306 and has twenty-eight runs, thirty-three RBI, eight doubles, one triple and nine homers on the season.

David Harris will be the other outfielder for the East and that makes him the second starter for the Schaumburg Boomers. Harris was named the first Player of the Week of 2017. Harris continues to dominate his plate appearances with average of .323. He has twenty-four runs and thirty-four RBI.

East Division Additions– ThunderBolts will also send Kyle Wood (1B), Brian Loconsole (P) and Scott Kuzminsky (P) to the All-Star Game. Steven Patterson (2B) will join Kengor for the Beach Bums. Mike Hill (3B), Kyle Pollock (C), Rashad Brown (OF), Trevor Foss (P), Chase Cunningham (P) and Zach Strecker (P) will all be part of the Wild Things crew. The Lake Erie Crushers will be represented by Tanner Lubach (C), Jordan Kurokawa (P) and Chandler Jagodzinski (P). Chaz Meadows (SS) and Luis Cruz (P) will be the other Slammers joining the festivities. The first-place Boomers will also send Lars Liguori (P) and Alec Kenilvort (P).

All-Star festivities include (All times are central)

Monday: All-Star Parade, downtown at Harrah’s Casino Joliet, 6:00 pm

Tuesday: Frontier League Commissioner, Bill Lee Annual Golf Outing 8:00 am -2:00 pm

Home Run Derby 7:05 pm.

Wednesday: Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Luncheon 11:30 am

2017 Frontier League All-Star Game 7:00 pm

Tickets for all events are available by calling the Joliet Slammers Box Office at 815-722-2287.

About the Frontier League: The Frontier League is currently in its 25th season in 2017 and includes 12 teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to Northern Michigan. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 32 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at the Slammers Stadium downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is a 12-team league entering its 25th season of play in 2017.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!