If you love baseball, the upcoming 46th Annual Southern League All-Star game hosted by the Birmingham Barons is a modern day “Field of Dreams.”
Here are 5 reasons why you need to purchase your All-Star tickets today.
1. Southern League all-time greats
The Southern League was once dubbed “The Major Minor League” by the Sporting News. It is where a number of all-time greats got their start. Let’s name a few. Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Frank Thomas and Chipper Jones. Want even more? Reggie Jackson, Tom Glavine, Eddie Murray, Ferguson Jenkins, Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson… list goes on and on.
And today’s stars? How about current home run champion, the New York Yankees Giancarlo Stanton and all-stars Chicago Cub Kris Bryant and the Los Angeles Dodger Clayton Kershaw. Just to name a few.
2. Major League Home Run Derby champions come from the Southern League
Here is a great trivia night question. Which Minor League has produced the most Major League Home Run Derby Champions in the past decade? Answer: Southern League.
Four out of the last ten winners are Southern League alums.
Giancarlo Stanton – 2016 (Jacksonville Sun)
Todd Frazier – 2015 (Chattanooga Lookouts)
Prince Fielder – 2009 and 2012 (Huntsville Stars)
Think about it. You get a 40% chance you will see the future Home Run Derby champ at the Southern League Home Run Derby.
3. Two for one. Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game
The Majors hold their Home Run Derby on Monday night and then they ask you to come back the following night to watch the big game.
Not so, for the Southern League All-Star Game. Fans get a two for one special. You get to watch BOTH the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game starting at 5:00 on Tuesday night. Now that is a great value.
4. There is more than just an All-Star game going on
The Home Run Derby and 46th Annual Southern League All-Star Game is the main event, but did you know that there are All-Star festivities occurring on Monday and Tuesday? Here is the lineup:
Monday, June 18, 1:00-3:00pm – There will be a Autograph Session with all the All-Star players at the Negro Southern League Museum. The event is free and open to the public.
Monday, June 18, 6:00-10:00pm – Join the Barons for the All-Star Game Gala at Good People Brewery. Get your tickets – HERE.
Tuesday, June 19, 11:30am – 1:00pm – All-Star Luncheon, in the Diamonds Direct Ballroom at Regions Field. Special guest Ron Kittle, Chicago White Sox great and 1983 Rookie of the Year, will be speaking, along with the Southern League Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Tickets on sale – HERE.
Tuesday, June 19, After the Game – After the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, there will be a post-game party at the Switchyard on 14th. Tickets can be purchased – HERE.
5. First time the Southern League All-Star game will be played at Regions Field
The Birmingham Barons have hosted the Southern League All-Star Game at Historic Rickwood Field and the Hoover Met. This will be the first time the game will be played at Regions Field.
It is Birmingham’s time to shine!
“We’re excited for fans in Birmingham to get such unprecedented access to the Southern League talent including Major League prospects. From mingling at the Gala, to watching the hitters mash home runs in the Home Run Derby, seeing this talent up close and personal is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Erin O’Donnell, VP of Marketing for the Birmingham Barons.
Tickets are still available for the Southern League All-Star game and can be purchased online at barons.com or by visiting the ticket office at Regions Field. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and the Home Run Derby begins at 5:15 p.m. The ticket office at Regions Field is open Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.