January 17, 2017 - Great West League (GWL)
Portland, Oregon - Great West League owners have voted to utilize a unique format for the league's 2017 All-Star Game. Rather than select two All-Star Teams to meet in the game, the owners have decided to have one All-Star Team and the team will play the host Chico Heat.
"We felt it made sense to be more selective in putting our All-Star Team together and the idea of the host team playing in this great event seems like an appealing idea for local fans," said owner Bill Yuill of Consolidated Sports International.
The 2017 GWL All-Star Team will be made up of 25 players, featuring 10 pitchers. The All-Star Team will be selected by league managers, with additional players selected by Major League scouts.
The All-Stars will be managed by the skipper from the team in first place just prior to the game, which will be played Monday, July 24 at Nettleton Stadium in Chico.
The All-Star manager will select two additional league managers to serve on his staff for the game.
"The All-Star Game is a premier event for our league and this format has the potential to be a huge hit," added Great West League President Ken Wilson.
Details of the festivities surrounding the All-Star Game will be announced as the game draws nearer.
The 2016 GWL All-Star Game was played in front of a crowd of 2,467 in Medford, as the North All-Stars defeated the South All-Stars 6-5.