Minor League Baseball approves PBL-NWL All-Star Game through 2020

Tuesday , March 28, 2017 - 6:09 PM

BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

Minor League Baseball has approved the Pioneer League-Northwest League All-Star Game to continue through the 2020 season, according to a joint news release from the two leagues.

The Ogden Raptors, who play in the Pioneer League, hosted the second-annual All-Star Game in 2016 in front of crowd of 5,339. The interleague exhibition was launched in 2015 when it was hosted by the Spokane (Washington) Indians of the Northwest League

The game was previously subject to approval every year, but the new agreement guarantees the game through 2020.

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The Hillsboro (Oregon) Hops of the NWL were announced as the 2017 hosts during last year’s game. In the new agreement, the leagues also announced the Grand Junction (Colorado) Rockies of the PBL have been awarded the 2018 All-Star Game.

Raptors president Dave Baggott said such a game requires approval from Major League Baseball to use minor league prospects in exhibition games, so the new agreement signaled a job well done by Spokane and Ogden.

“Spokane and Ogden did a good enough job that Major League Baseball and the farm directors felt comfortable continuing the game,” he said, noting it allows the leagues and eventual host cities a longer window to plan the event.

Grand Junction is well-suited to host the 2018 All-Star Game because travel access is good and the city has been the longtime host of the junior college national baseball championships, Baggott said.

“They know how to put on a special event,” he said. 

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net, follow him on Twitter @bhein3 and find him at facebook.com/brettheinwrites.

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