Biloxi Shuckers lead 2019 All-Star field

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Major League All-Stars like Paul Goldschmidt, former National League MVP Kris Bryant, and reigning American League CY Young winner Blake Snell all have something in common as alumni of the Southern League All-Star Game which is now coming to Biloxi for the first time ever.

Three of the top 30 Minor League Baseball prospects will be headlining this year’s mid-season classic. Those being Luis Robert, Taylor Trammel, and Ian Anderson as well as a league-leading nine Biloxi Shuckers.

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The festivities get underway with fan fest at 3:30 and a home run derby at 5:30 p.m. Monday at MGM Park. That’s followed by the All-Star Game on Tuesday night with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m. Not to mention a hot Shuckers team that’s won 22 out of their last 29.

Biloxi Shuckers Media Relations and Broadcasting Assistant Andrew Chapman said, “Yeah, these are a very exciting few days for the Shuckers team themselves and also fans that get to come and watch this All-Star Game. Right now, the team is chasing a first half title for the chance to go to the Southern League playoffs. And really that’s what leads to so much representation this year for the Shuckers. Nine different players are going to be representing the South All-Stars from Biloxi, so you get to see those homegrown guys compete against some of the best of the league, and hopefully that does come on the heels of a first half championship.”

The nine Shuckers players representing Biloxi in next week’s All-Star game are the most for any team in the Southern League.

 

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