For the first time since 2004, the Northwest League will be having an All-Star Game. For its rebirth, the league chose Mariners’ affiliate the Everett Aquasox as the host of the affair. The all-day event will be held August 6 at Everett Memorial Stadium; however, the All-Star Game luncheon will be held earlier that morning at the Tulalip Resort and Casino at 11 a.m. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik will be the guest speaker at the luncheon.
Fans had the chance to vote players into the game, just like the MLB All-Star Game. Aquasox fans made sure to take advantage of the vote to see as many hometown players in the game as possible. They had seven players named to the game, next only to the Vancouver Canadians’ eight in the North.
As the North roster is dominated by Aquasox and Canadians, the South roster is by Boise Hawks and Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. They have eight and nine players, respectively.
The All-Star Game rosters accurately represent the league standings. Everett and Vancouver have been the top two teams in the North Division, while Boise and Salem-Keizer have led the South all year.
It will be a match up of the North’s pitching and the South’s hitting. Three of the four lowest ERAs in the league will represent the North, while the South boasts six of the top nine OPS leaders.
The gates will open at 2:30 p.m. for All-Star Fanfest, where fans will be able to watch the all-stars take batting practice and get autographs. The home run derby will take place at 5:30 p.m. before the game gets underway at 7:05 p.m.
You can find the full roster for the game here.
Limited amounts of tickets are still available online or at the stadium box office.