CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — The MINK League put on its third annual All-Star Game on Thursday at Schaffer Park, the home of the Chillicothe Mudcats.
It was the first time that the All-Star Game was not held at Phil Welch Stadium. The Mustangs hosted the first two All-Star events. The goal now is for the location of the game to continue to move in the future to help the league grow.
“We think it’s a good idea to pass this thing around to all of the teams in the league,” Chillicothe Mudcats General Manager Doug Doughty said. “St. Joseph had done an excellent job with it, and I think they kind of wanted to pass it on and we were there to volunteer to take it on. We’re glad we did and we hope that us doing this will encourage other teams in the league to pass this around and make it a tradition.”
Fans filled the stands at Schaffer park for Thursday’s game. Prior to the game, there was a home run derby that featured a slugger from each team.
Kale Emshoff from the Clarinda A’s took this year’s home run derby title. Mustangs first baseman Josh Williams fell in the first round of the derby.
“The home run derby was really exciting too,” Doughty said. “I think people were a little apprehensive about Schaffer Park. It’s a big ballpark, heavy air and so forth, but a couple of guys really put on a show, and I think the crowd loved the home run derby.”
The day started with a Pro Scout Day where scouts from the Kansas City Royals and other professional teams evaluated the MINK League all-stars.
The North Division first-place Mustangs will return to Phil Welch Stadium tonight when they host the Sedalia Bombers at 7 p.m.