THE American Association is bringing back its all-star game and going directly to the one place it can count on for a home run.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes will host the league's first all-star game since 2010 July 29 at Shaw Park.
"The Goldeyes are thrilled to be able to host the 2014 American Association All-Star Game. Not only do we get to show off our ballpark to the rest of the league, but we get to show off our city as well," Goldeyes general manager Andrew Collier said. "The Goldeyes hosted the Northern League all-star games in 2001 and 2008. In 2001, we became the first team to make the event a two-day affair and this year we plan on making it even bigger and better."
The two-day event includes a fan fest and skills competition on July 28 and concludes with the game the next night.
Winnipeg's 2001 all-star game included a visit from St. Louis Cardinals legend Whitey Herzog and hot-stove chats with then Goldeyes manager Hal Lanier.
The managers from this year's final, Greg Tagert, manager of the 2013 champion Gary SouthShore RailCats, and Kevin Hooper of the runner-up Wichita Wingnuts, will lead the teams.
"It's an honour that the league selected the Goldeyes to host the game, the first American Association all-star game since 2010," said Collier.
"Judging by the initial positive reaction on social media, our fans are excited about watching the best players in the league in downtown Winnipeg in July."