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Game of Legends Comes to Southwest University Park

They will leave the footprints of legends.

The current stars of Triple-A Baseball and the future stars of Major League Baseball will convene in El Paso in July.

The always-fun Home Run Derby will be Monday night, July 8, and the Triple-A All-Star Game will be Wednesday night, July 10.

The 30 teams in the Pacific Coast League and International League will showcase Minor League Baseball, Southwest University Park and El Paso in a fun-filled game that will be televised live on the Major League Baseball Network. More than 100 alumni from this game are currently playing in the Major Leagues.

The future stars will be right there. And perhaps there will be even more than future stars.

“The lineup for this All-Star Game could have prospective Hall of Famers on the field,” said Pacific Coast League president Branch Rickey.

And this is an opportunity, an opportunity to glimpse greatness that will not dance around very often.

“There are just two Triple-A leagues and there is no other way than to alternate it between leagues each year,” Rickey said. “It is a bidding process. A team has to reach out and ask for it. Of course, our top priority is to show off our newest ball parks. But the list is a long one to host this game. We are backed up and that is a wonderful thing.”

Rickey said El Paso and Southwest University Park was at the top of that list.

Why?

“Everywhere you go around the league, people want to tell you about El Paso,” Rickey said. “Everyone who has been here is so impressed – with the ball park and with the atmosphere of the fans.

“You come into El Paso and boom, here is Southwest University Park tucked beautifully into downtown,” Rickey said. “I love this park. I never get tired of it. This place is a flat out gem. The architecture is crisp and clean. Where else have you seen two buildings in the outfield, connected together by walkways? It allows an openness … there’s an openness to this ball park.”

Rickey gazed out over the ball park and added, “The second deck is close to the action. You are closer to the action than at any other ball park. It’s a place where I like to wander around, look at the game from different spots.”

The Home Run Derby is always a fun event at any level. This 2019 version of the Triple A slugfest should be more than a little breathtaking. The Chihuahuas alone or on pace to break the Pacific Coast League team home run record. There will be balls launched into the desert air in that event that will simply swipe the breath of the most seasoned fan.

The game itself will offer El Pasoans not only a chance to see the best of the PCL, which they see at times during the regular season, but also of the International League … a group they almost never get to see.

The Chihuahuas are now in their sixth season, have notched 400 wins and are approaching three million fans. The team, thanks to the parent club San Diego Padres, have won four straight PCL Pacific Southern Division championships and won the entire Pacific Coast League in 2016.

It has been an enormous success.

But, if first impressions mattered, this baseball fiesta might not have ever begun.

Smiling, then chuckling, Rickey said, “When I was first approached about Triple-A baseball in El Paso my answer was no. I just didn’t think it would work.”

What changed his mind?

Smiling again, Rickey said, “A meeting with the prospective ownership.”

The ownership group from MountainStar Sports Group put together an impressive program and has backed up every promise.

“That is one of the things we look at when awarding this All-Star Game,” Rickey said. “We want someone who knows how to put on big events. We’ve had this ownership put on our National Championship Game and they did an outstanding job.

“The All-Star Game is our premier event for showcasing Minor League Baseball,” Rickey said. “We schedule it on the only dark day in Major League Baseball, the day after their All-Star Game. Our All-Star Game will be the baseball showcase that night.”

It is, quite simply, an opportunity to see the best of the best on a typically fun night at Southwest University Park.

“The stars of the future are coming your way,” Rickey said.

They will play the game with a special flair, with their own special gifts and they will swipe your breath and create memories for a lifetime.

They will, after all, leave the footprints of legends.

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Bill Knight is a contributing writer for the El Paso Chihuahuas. He can be contacted at bknight@epchihuahuas.com.

Triple-A All-Star fan voting underway

Triple-A Baseball officials announced Friday the launch of the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game Online Ballot, providing fans across the country the opportunity to send their favorite players to this year’s national showcase of Triple-A’s top stars.

The online ballot for the 32nd annual Triple-A All-Star Game, which will take place at Southwest University Park in El Paso on Wednesday, July 10, will be available over the next four weeks before fan voting closes on Friday, June 21.

Fan balloting will help determine the starting lineups for both All-Star teams, accounting for one-third of the total vote along with ballots cast by members of the media and each club’s field manager, coaches, and general manager.

Fans can cast their ballots at the official websites of Minor League Baseball, the International League, the Pacific Coast League and the websites of all 30 Triple-A teams.

Once fans have made their selections, they will be able to share links to their ballots through Facebook and Twitter to encourage others to vote.

All fans who participate in the Grilling All-Stars online balloting will be able to vote for players on both the IL and PCL rosters. Fans can select one player for each of the infield positions, plus three outfielders, a designated hitter, catcher, and four pitchers – two starters and two relievers.

Write-in votes for players not listed on the ballot will also be accepted. Up-to-date statistics and position-by-position comparisons will be available at the click of a mouse to help fans make their selections.

The Triple-A All-Star Game will be broadcast live from El Paso on MLB Network as well as online via MiLB.TV.

Festivities will kick off with the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday, July 8, where All-Stars from each league will compete for a chance to claim the Home Run Derby Championship Belt.

Fans who are interested in more information on the events, or would like to purchase tickets, are encouraged to visit the official website of the host El Paso Chihuahuas.

The Triple-A All-Star Game Online Ballot is presented by Grilling All-Stars (BUSH’S® Beans, Scott® Bath Tissue, Scott® Paper Towels, Ball Park® Buns and The ORIGINAL Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce™),

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