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ESPN Baseball Analyst Tim Kurkjian to Headline 2020 Hot Stove Banquet

December 18, 2019 - Eastern League (EL) - Akron RubberDucks News Release

(AKRON, OHIO) - The Akron RubberDucks announced today ESPN Baseball Analyst Tim Kurkjian will headline the 2020 RubberDucks Hot Stove Banquet presented by FirstEnergy on Fri., Jan. 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Akron. The annual event will start at 4:30 p.m. and feature an evening of talking baseball.

The fourth annual Hot Stove will be a celebration of baseball to help gets fans prepared for another exciting season from the RubberDucks and Cleveland Indians. Fans will have the opportunity to ask Kurkjian questions about his illustrious career in journalism while covering baseball since 1981, including his three books America's Game, Is This a Great Game, or What?, and I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies.

Kurkjian has appeared on a variety of media outlets in his vast career in journalism, including Sports Illustrated, Baseball Tonight, SportsCenter as well as the Baseball Tonight Podcast with Buster Olney. As a member of the Baseball Writers' Assocation of America, Kurkjian has voted yearly on some of the best baseball players ever for MLB awards and induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

"Tim Kurkijan is one of the foremost voices when it comes to the game of baseball," said RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander, "and I couldn't think of a better person to create excitement for the upcoming RubberDucks season. We would like to thank FirstEnergy for again sponsoring this event, and we are excited to help raise money for United Way of Summit County, which will make for an enjoyable night for every RubberDucks fan."

The Akron RubberDucks and United Way of Summit County have partnered for this year's annual Hot Stove Banquet, which brings together baseball fans throughout the community.

"We are thrilled to partner with the Akron RubberDucks, who continue to support their community through events like the Hot Stove Banquet," said Jim Mullen, president and CEO of United Way of Summit County. "Attendees will get the opportunity to hear from a renowned national journalist as well as support the hard work being done to improve the lives of people living in Summit County."

The doors open at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails and silent auction, which will feature autographed items from current Indians and RubberDucks, as well as some unique items donated by corporate partners and other teams across baseball. For the third consecutive year, radio personality Ray Horner from WAKR will serve as the emcee for the event.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., a full-plated meal and dessert will be served (vegetarian option available), and the program and question-and-answer session will follow dinner. All attendees are guaranteed to receive Kurkjian's autograph, and they will have the opportunity to meet him after the program's conclusion.

The Hot Stove Banquet presented by FirstEnergy is open to the public and tickets may be purchased for $100 per person or $750 for a table, fans can call (330) 253-5151 or visit Space is limited, so hurry to reserve your spot for this exciting event. Tickets are on sale now.

2020 RubberDucks Hot Stove Banquet Presented by FirstEnergy Details

When: Fri., Jan. 17 at 4:30 p.m. (Doors), 6:30 p.m. (Dinner), with program and Q & A to follow

Where: Hilton Garden Inn - Akron (1307 E. Market St., Akron, Ohio 44305)

Who: ESPN Baseball Analyst and Author Tim Kurkjian

Tickets: $100 per person; $750 per table of eight

To Purchase: Call (330) 253-5151 or visit

The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2020 season, powered by FirstEnergy, will open at Canal Park on Friday, April 17. For more information about the team, please call 330-253-5151, visit the website at, Facebook page, or on Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck, and Instagram at @akronrubberducks.

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