Golden Baseball League And Northern League All-Stars To Face OffDecember 9, 2009 - Golden Baseball League (GBL) Press Release
"This will be exciting for our players and fans and also for major league organizations focused on finding the best talent available in the independent minor leagues," said Golden Baseball League Commissioner Kevin Outcalt. "The Northern League has long been the finest independent professional baseball league and we are looking forward to hosting their top players in Tucson this summer and then sending our best to the Chicago area for the rematch the following season."
Although these two leagues, of the seven independent minor leagues in the nation, total less than 25% of all independent teams they produced five of the top ten Baseball America Top Indy Prospects in 2009 including the first three spots, and also placed 8 players on the Baseball America First and Second All Independent Teams. In addition the Baseball American Independent League Player of the Year has come from one of these two leagues 7 of the 13 years the award has been in existence including two of the last three.
"This game will be the premier showcase for independent minor league talent and will be a treat for our fans," said Clark Griffith, Commissioner of the Northern League. "These will be fantastic events for the cities of Tucson and Zion and we are thrilled that we have worked out such a great partnership with the Golden League."
In a joint statement, Griffith and Golden League CEO David Kaval remark that the two leagues share a similar vision of bringing exciting and affordable family entertainment to communities and that they look forward to extending this partnership into other mutually beneficial areas for the two leagues in the near future.
Location: Hi Corbett Field, Tucson, Arizona Monday July 12, Fan Fest, Exhibitions and home run derby. Tuesday July 13, Player Banquet and MLB All-Star Viewing Party Wednesday July 14, 7pm All Star Game
Jay S Zucker, Toros Owner states "This is a unique opportunity for Tucson to showcase our Community to baseball fans throughout the US and Canada. Tucson Toros are proud to bring this high viablity event to Southern Arizona."
The game will be streaming live on the internet, broadcasted live on Toros Flagship radio station and most stations throughout the states and Canada that host teams represented in this event.
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