Voting begins for 2012 Atlantic League All-Star game
Fans can now vote for the position players they want selected for the 2012 Atlantic League All-Star game, which will be played at Camden’s Campbell’s Field on July 11.
The pitching for both teams will be selected by the respective managers. A combination of fan, media and team voting will determine the starters and remaining roster for position players.
The voting ends on July 3. Click here to submit your votes.
York Revolution skipper Andy Etchebarren will manage the Freedom Division All-Stars while Long Island Ducks manager will handle similar duties for the Liberty Division squad.
Looking back: York played host to last year’s All-Star game, with Etchebarren coaching the Freedom Division squad. Revs’ right-hander Corey Thurman got the start for the Freedom Division squad. He and six other pitchers combined to shout out the Liberty Division squad, 7-0. York’s Val Majewski smacked a solo homer to right field in the bottom of the fourth to get the game’s first run.
Majewski finished 2-for-4 on the night, with two runs scored and an RBI. He likely would’ve taken home the game’s Most Valuable Player award had it not been for his Freedom Division teammate, Michael Hernandez (now with York, then playing for Somerset). Hernandez had a homer of his own in the fifth inning and added an RBI triple in the seventh for his second hit of the night, which earned him the MVP award.
Then Revs’ catcher Octavio Martinez (now with Sugar Land), outfielder James Shanks and infielders Eric Eymann and Vince Harrison (now retired) started alongside Majewski. Shanks finished 1-for-3 while Harrison, Eymann and Martinez went a collective 0-for-6. Then Revolution pitcher Matt DeSalvo (now pitching in Taiwan), who was selected to the game, did not see action.
Sovereign Bank Stadium had a sold-out record crowd of 8,053 fans at the game. The attendance mark is the second-largest in Atlantic League All-Star game history, finishing just behind Somerset, which had 8,290 fans at the 2008 All-Star game.
Derby: The team of Val Majewski, Alex Tucci and Jason Seitz won the Atlantic League All-Star Home Run Derby, which was held before the All-Star game. Majewski had one home run to right field, York Catholic High School graduate Alex Tucci had two homers to right field and Seitz, of Susquehanna League’s Hallam team, had two homers over the left-field wall.
Former Revs’ player Matt Esquivel won the individual home run derby with four homers.
As a result of Majewski’s team winning the team derby competition, the York Revolution will donate $500 to Seitz’s preferred charity (Crispus Attucks) and give Tucci a college savings bond.
Kuhn: And who could forget the special guest appearance of former Dover High School football standout and current Green Bay Packers’ fullback John Kuhn when he threw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch?
“This is my first real big public appearance this offseason,” Kuhn had said afterwards. “After winning the Super Bowl you’re gonna be pretty popular. I’m just happy to get all the support that I have. The fans here in York are really spectacular and I’m appreciative of it.”