The 2019 MINK League All-Star Game returns to Phil Welch Stadium tonight.
The St. Joseph Mustangs will host the All-Star Game for the third time in the last five years.
“It’s awesome for us to host it in St. Joe just because St. Joe is such a great town that supports the Mustangs so well,” Mustangs General Manager Ky Turner said.
The last time the All-Star Game was played at Phil Welch was in 2017 with about 2,000 people in attendance.
“It’s nice to have it back in St. Joe,” MINK League Commissioner Ron Rodriguez said in a release. “They do a great job hosting the All-Star games, as well as the other cities that have hosted in the past.”
The All-Star Game is a battle between the North and South divisions of the MINK League. Competing in this year are 56 of the league’s best players.
The Mustangs have the most representatives in the game with 10 players on the North squad. St. Joseph will have four pitchers play, including Austin Brooks, Mack Stephenson, Cam Bednar and Jake Purl.
Four different infielders will also represent the Mustangs in Jackson Dierenfeldt, Jack Wagner, Terrence Spurlin and Drew Beazley. Outfielder Derek Hussey and catcher Jordan Maxson will also represent St. Joe in the All-Star Game.
The Chillicothe Mudcats and Joplin Outlaws both have eight players competing. Nevada and Ozark with feature seven players, with Jefferson City and Sedalia sending six All-Stars and Clarinda with four.
“A lot of these guys will go on and get drafted. You never know which one of these guys might be playing Major League Baseball soon,” Turner said.
The managers of last season’s division champions will each lead a team tonight. Sedalia Bombers manager Craig McAndrews will coach the North squad while Ozark Generals manager Rust Aton will lead the South.
“I know they’ve got fans coming from all over the state, all over the region to come here and watch a ball game,” Turner said.
The game will begin at 7 p.m., but the fun begins much earlier with pregame festivities. The event will begin with a youth home run derby at 5 p.m. followed by the All-Star Home Run Derby at 5:30 p.m.
A team autograph session will be held from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
“We got some new stuff every year,” Turner said. “With this being our third time, we can always improve upon what we did the last time so it will be a fun and interactive experience for everybody.”
Limited-edition jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the night. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross for local flood relief.
General admission is $7. Reserved box seats are $10.50 each.