What fun it would be to be in Chico, CA, El Paso, TX or Kansas City, KS Tuesday. Those are the sites as Independent Baseball puts a wrap on its mid-summer All-Star Games.
The Golden League has center stage at Chico while Northern League All-Stars will do battle at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City. El Paso, which is part of the new American Association, hosts the game in which the AA entertains the Can-Am League.
Jose Canseco will be spotlighted during Golden League festivities, which we originally reported as scheduled for last night (Monday). The onetime major league star will pitch for the first time this season, working at least one inning and utilizing his recently-discussed knuckleball. He also will take part in a home run derby. After a slow start with the bat, Canseco has homered twice and driven in seven runs in his last five games with Long Beach.
Cristian Mendoza of the Quebec Capitales and the contingent representing the New Haven (CT) County Cutters will win the long distance award since those two teams will pick up on the regular Can-Am schedule in Quebec Thursday night.
Monday, July 17, 2006
THREE MORE ALL-STAR GAMES
Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.