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Alternative Baseball All-Star Game Update

Last month, we reported on the upcoming All-Star game with the Alternative Baseball Organization (ABO) and many professional baseball players from around the country. 

The game, which is scheduled to take place next month on November 12th, has been getting a lot of attention throughout the baseball world as well as among many special needs advocates and organizations.

There will be a live stream of the game thanks to Steve Major Sports. A live stream link will be available as the event gets closer.

Timothy Miller, tenor singer famous for singing the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” for the Braves and Falcons, has signed on to make an appearance to sing “God Bless America” at the game.

And 1957 World Series Champion Taylor T-Bone Phillips will be throwing ceremonial first pitch as well.

The rosters for the game have also been decided:

BWB (Baseball Without Borders)
T.L. (Autism, ABO)
Kendall Abbott (ABO)
Demetrius Banks (Sioux Falls Canaries)
David Collings (University of West Georgia 2008)
Craig Maddox (Braves system; New Britain Bees)
Spencer Patterson (Autism, ABO)
Steven Moffitt (Down Syndrome, ABO)
Kenny Graham, Jr. (Dominican Professional Baseball/Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training 2017)
Walter Smith (ABO)
Alex Huber (Down Syndrome, ABO)
Temar Hudson (Yankees system, McAllen Thunder)
Tim Battle (3rd Round Draft Pick Yankees Prospect, Kochi Fighting Dogs)
Phill Bates (Joliet Slammers)
Marsalis Holloway (Royals system)
Stantrel Smith (Angels system, York Revolution (2014)

ABO (Alternative Baseball Organization)
Travis Rush (2001 Pirates prospect, played Independent ball with “Americus Arrows” in 2002 in the short-lived Southeastern League)
Brian Haggard (Autism, ABO)
Taylor C. Duncan (Autism, ABO, Director)
Kamalahasan (Cricket player)
Ross Ruda (Autism, ABO)
Bryan Hoover (“38-year old rookie“)
Manny Young (Autism, ABO)
Zack Blonder (Utica Unicorns, USPBL)
Brian Barton (Former Cardinal/Brave)
Rashad Brown (Current Detroit Tigers prospect)
Malcolm Washington (Autism, ABO)
Parris Austin (Mets system; Santa Fe Fuego (2012))
Stephen Thrash (Autism, ABO)
Josh Wright (River City Rascals)
Tyler Wilson (Ottawa Champions)
Kenny Camp (Deutschland)

There will be players representing 7 independent baseball leagues (Atlantic, American Association, Frontier, Can-Am, USPBL, Pecos and the Empire League) as well as current and former affiliated players.


Alternative Baseball, Pro Players Team Up For All-Star Game

The Alternative Baseball Organization (ABO) is teaming up with professional baseball players to create a one of a kind All-Star game in Georgia this November.

abo flyer

According to the ABO website:

The Alternative Baseball Organization was founded in 2016 by Taylor Duncan, a 20-year old softball coach/player and hardcore baseball enthusiast who himself is on the autism spectrum. Duncan founded the Alternative Baseball Organization to provide an outlet with many different purposes and goals for teens and adults with “disadvantages”… After all, to him, a difficulty, a disorder, is not a disability, it is simply a disadvantage. The purpose of this free-to-join program is to provide a social outlet, as well as to give them a place to compete for fun, and for them to improve their baseball/softball skills. In short, the program has the mindset of an endless pursuit to not only take on new challenges, but to break social and physical barriers.

As their second season is getting underway, Duncan is working hard to put together the very first ABO All-Star game that will feature both players from the ABO program (the Atlanta Revolution) as well as professional baseball players including many names from independent baseball.

Some players that have already signed on to play are: Brian Barton (former MLB player with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves), Craig Maddox (New Britain Bees, former MiLB Braves, Gary SouthShore Railcats), Tim Battle (former New York Yankees prospect and independent player), Phill Bates (Joliet Slammers), Josh Wright (River City Rascals), and Bryan Hoover (The 38 Year-Old Rookie, Sioux City Explorers) with many more players to be added! For a complete list, check out the updated roster HERE.

Any player who is interested in participating, please contact Taylor Duncan at the phone number listed on the flyer posted above!