Wilmington Blue Rocks host All-Star game

(File/NewsWorks)

(File/NewsWorks)

Not only is the California League/Carolina League All-Star game coming to the home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, but fans will also be treated to a Home Run Derby the night before at Frawley Stadium.

This is the second time Wilmington has hosted the inter-league All-Star game, but it’s the first time the game is being turned into a two-day event.

“The move to a two-day event will only help increase the excitement surrounding what is already one of the premiere fan experiences in Minor League Baseball,” said Carolina League president John Hopkins.

Some of the best young prospects from both leagues will bat from the outfield and try to hit the ball into the stands behind home plate. The players will also take part in a hitting contest where they will try to hit targets in order to earn points on Monday, June 16, followed by the game on Tuesday, June 17.

“There is nothing more exciting than going to a baseball game and catching a home run,” said Blue Rocks general manager Chris Kemple. “With the ball coming toward the stands rather than traveling away from them it will be a whole new perspective for Blue Rocks fans, and one we think everybody will enjoy.”

The Blue Rocks have partnered with Bank of America for the event.

“We are pleased to continue our support of the Blue Rocks and are excited to partner on an event that will connect Delawareans and their families to America’s pastime and a day of fun,” said Chip Rossi, Delaware president, Bank of America.

Tickets for the 2014 Hitting Challenge are $8 while All-Star game tickets are $15. Individual tickets for both events go on sale March 1. For more information call 302-888-BLUE or visit bluerocks.com.

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