LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Lakeland Flying Tigers have been selected to host the 2017 Florida State League (FSL) All-Star Game on Saturday, June 17 at the newly renovated Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. Lakeland has previously hosted the game in 1960, 1999 and 2006.
The All-Star Game will feature two teams comprised of some of the best prospects in baseball from the North and South Divisions. The North Division includes the Lakeland Flying Tigers (Tigers), Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), Daytona Tortugas (Reds), Dunedin Blue Jays, Tampa Yankees and the newly relocated team in Osceola County (Braves). The South Division is made up of the Bradenton Marauders (Pirates), Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays), Fort Myers Miracle (Twins), Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins), Palm Beach Cardinals and St. Lucie Mets.
A Home Run Derby will precede the All-Star Game on Saturday, June 17 and a spectacular fireworks show will follow the game. Special All-Star events will be scheduled throughout the weekend in Lakeland. More details about the All-Star Game and festivities will be released in the coming months.
Recent Major League All-Star players who have played in the FSL All-Star Game include Robinson Cano, Adrian Beltre, David Wright, Noah Syndergaard, Curtis Granderson, Wade Davis, Ryan Braun, Joe Mauer, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Brett Gardner, Johnny Cueto, Starlin Castro, Jonathan Papelbon, Alex Colome, Russell Martin, Stephen Vogt, Marcel Ozuna and A.J. Ramos.
Recent Detroit Tigers players who were selected to the FSL All-Star Game include Justin Verlander (2005), Cameron Maybin (2007), Bruce Rondon (2012), Shane Greene (2013), Kyle Ryan (2013), Daniel Norris (2014) and Jacoby Jones (2015).
The Flying Tigers are a Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Updates and news on the 2017 FSL All-Star Game can be found periodically by visiting the Flying Tigers online at www.LakelandFlyingTigers.com or call (863) 686-8075 for more information.