MIDLAND, Mich. - In anticipation of the 53rd Annual Midwest League All-Star Game presented by GoGreat.com, the Great Lakes Loons are pleased to announce the full schedule of events taking place at Dow Diamond on June 19-20.
The festivities begin at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 19 with a tailgate held on the front lawn of Dow Diamond. It's open to the general public and will not require a ticket. Inflatables, promotional games and other activities will be available for kids, as well as a beer garden with drinks available for purchase for attendees 21 years of age or older.
Gates to Dow Diamond open at 3 p.m. on June 19 in preparation for the High School All-Star Game. Played annually in mid-July, the matchup featuring graduating high school seniors from the surrounding area is set to take place prior to the MWL Home Run Derby. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. This will be a ticketed event with your purchase gaining you access to the High School All-Star Game and MWL Home Run Derby.
The Midwest League Home Run Derby presented by Chemical Bank, is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Monday, June 19. The competition features eight sluggers from the Midwest League All-Star teams. The format for the derby will follow a shot clock system that will have timed rounds through the finals. The combined ticket for the HSASG and HR Derby are available for $7 (lawn) and $10 (reserved box).
Monday's events are capped off by a concert held on the front lawn of Dow Diamond featuring Nashville recording artist Chris Weaver. This is a free community event that does not require a ticket from either of the MWL Home Run Derby or MWL All-Star Game. Named one of Billboard's "10 Artists to Watch in 2013," Chris and his band are inspiring crowds all around the world as they mix southern rock, soul, and country blues.
The following day the City of Midland, Dow Diamond and the Great Lakes Loons will be in the national spotlight for the Midwest League All-Star Game presented by GoGreat.com. The league's mid-summer classic has a storied history with the list of past participants including Clayton Kershaw, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Noah Syndergaard. Tickets for the MWLASG are available for $10 (lawn) and $16 (reserved box).
One of the perks of attending either of the two in-park events is allotted time where fans can meet the players, take pictures and get autographs from each team's all-stars. On Monday both teams will be present on the concourse during the High School All-Star Game. Prior to the MWLASG, fans can meet with each team's players while the other takes batting practice.
The managers and coaching staffs for the MWLASG will come from the Great Lakes Loons and Clinton LumberKings. First-year Loons manager Jeremy Rodriguez will lead the East All-Stars while the West All-Stars will have Pat Shine at the helm.
The parent club of the Loons, the Los Angeles Dodgers, is excited to have the MWLASG hosted by one of its affiliates. Two honorary captains from the Dodgers in Raúl Ibañez and Charlie Hough will be present in Midland for the two-day event. Ibañez, 44, played 19 Major League seasons with eight teams and serves as a special assistant to Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. Hough, 69, compiled 216 wins and 2,362 strikeouts in 25 seasons as a pitcher in the majors. Hough currently serves as a senior adviser of player development for the Dodgers.
Partnering with the Loons for the entire two-day event is The Dow Chemical Company. Since the team came to Midland in 2007, Dow has been a proud supporter of Great Lakes Loons baseball.
Information regarding the events of the 53rd Annual Midwest League All-Star Game can be found on Loons.com. Listed below is a full schedule of events taking place in Midland on June 19-20.
Monday, June 19
2 p.m. | MWL Home Run Derby batting practice begins (open to media)
3 p.m. | Gates open for High School All-Star Game
3 p.m. | Tailgate activities begin on Dow Diamond front lawn
4 p.m. | MWL All-Star Game media availability begins (concourse level)
4:05 p.m. | High School All-Star Game begins
4:30 p.m. | MWL All-Stars autograph session begins (concourse level)
5 p.m. | Live music at tailgate begins
7:05 p.m. | MWL Home Run Derby begins
After | Live Music - Chris Weaver Band begins following conclusion of HR Derby
Tuesday, June 20
4 p.m. | Gates open for MWL All-Star Game
4 p.m. | Live music in The Cove begins
4 p.m. | MWL East Team batting practice begins
4 p.m. | MWL West Team autograph session begins (concourse level)
5 p.m. | MWL West Team batting practice begins
5:15 p.m. | MWL East Team autograph session begins (concourse level)
6 p.m. | In-park entertainment begins
7:05 p.m. | 53rd Annual MWL All-Star Game begins
Dark | Fireworks begin following conclusion of MWL All-Star Game
The 2016 Midwest League Champions and hosts of the 2017 MWL All-Star Game presented by GoGreat.com have been a Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers since the team's inception in 2007. For tickets and more information about the Great Lakes Loons, call 989-837-BALL or visit Loons.com.
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