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Carolina League All-Star Notes

The Salem Red Sox, in conjunction with the Carolina League, have released the 2017 rosters for the Carolina League All-Star game to be held in Salem, VA at the Red Sox’ Haley Toyota Field on Tuesday, June 20.

North Division roster

South Division roster

For the first time since 1995, the Carolina League will hold their own classic. Over the last 21 seasons, the Carolina League and the California League partnered up to show off their best players in their respective leagues. The last time the All-Star game was in Salem was in 2006. The Carolina League All-Stars won the game, 6-3 in front of 5,133 fans.

According to reports, the top reason as to why the two respective leagues decided to split this year’s All-Star classic was travel expenses. This article from Baseball America goes into detail as to why the two leagues decided to split this year’s classic.

As for the game and the festivities surrounding the classic, there will be a lot fun activities to keep people entertained throughout the event. Leading up to the All-Star game, there will be a hitting challenge on Monday, June 19 at the old Salem Red Sox stadium, Kiwanis Field. Also, there will be a fan fest where fans can meet certain players and coaches. As for the hitting classic set to be at Kiwanis Field, the Red Sox have put together some videos of people’s experiences at Kiwanis.

JW has been writing about baseball ever since he graduated from high school in 2009. It all started with Baseball Essential but then moved to 27 Outs Baseball. While with 27 Outs, JW did numerous player profile articles, seeing his writings being shared on team websites, shared by players and their families. Also with 27 Outs, JW got fully credentialed to cover the Salem Red Sox in 2015 and has covered the team and most of the Carolina League since then.

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