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Birmingham Barons Selected to Host 2009 Southern League All-Star Game

February 13, 2007 - Southern League (SL) - Birmingham Barons News Release

BIRMINGHAM, AL - The Birmingham Barons are proud to announce that Hoover Metropolitan Stadium has been chosen as the site of the 2009 Southern League All-Star Game.

"Hosting a Southern League All-Star Game is quite a challenge for any organization and its staff, but I know the Logan ownership group and General Manager Jonathan Nelson will do a first-class job," said Southern League president Don Mincher. "The Barons are one of the most highly regarded franchises in the minor leagues, and I am elated that they will have the opportunity to showcase the Southern League's best before the devoted fans at the Hoover Met in 2009."

The 2009 All-Star Game will be the first time the Birmingham Barons have hosted the annual event since 1982, when the Southern League All-Stars took on the Atlanta Braves at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham. This will be the first time the event has taken place in Hoover, home of the Birmingham Barons since 1988.

"We are excited to bring the 2009 Southern League All-Star Game to Hoover," said Mayor Tony Petelos. "This is a prestigious event that will bring thousands of spectators to our city and will have a positive impact on our community."

The official dates and times of the game, home run derby, and all-star festivities will be announced at a later date. Since its reincarnation in 1994, the Southern League All-Star Game has been a showcase for future Major League All-Stars including Jake Peavy (Mobile Bay Bears), Carl Crawford (Orlando Rays), Derrek Lee (Memphis Chicks), Joe Crede (Birmingham Barons), and Marcus Giles (Greenville Braves).

"We are honored to host the 2009 Southern League All-Star game, for the first time ever in Hoover," said managing partner Stan Logan. "We are extremely excited for the opportunity to showcase the city of Hoover and the entire Birmingham community to our friends and fans in the Southern League."

The Birmigham Barons open their 2007 schedule with an exhibition contest against the Chicago White Sox. The opener at the Hoover Met will begin at 6:05pm on March 29, 2007. For ticket information, visit the Barons' website at or call the Barons' office at 205-988-3200.

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