All-Star ballot submissions requested


Teams are requested to email Joe ( with the nine players (one at each position) they wish to be included on this year’s All-Star Game ballots.

Las Vegas will be the host of this year’s All-Star Game at Citi Field (season date of July 13), with the South League trying to snap the North’s seven-game winning streak.

Ballots will be finalized and distributed by 7 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, so nominations must be received by 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5. Joe will complete the ballots for teams that fail to offer nominees or submit only partial nominations. Thank you.

Oakland’s McCutchen tops All-Star starters

Athletes outfielder Andrew McCutchen, the only player named on all nine submitted ballots, heads a group of four Oakland players among the 20 to win the voting for the 2016 All-Star Game.2016 asg

McCutchen joins catcher Francisco Cervelli, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and third baseman Justin Turner in representing the league-leading Athletes on the South League squad. Turner tied Louisville’s Pablo Sandoval in the hot corner balloting.

The Long Rifles will also send rookie shortstop Francisco Lindor to the game, hosted by the Brooklyn Cubs at Yankee Stadium. The other SL starters are Tijuana’s Robinson Cano (second base) and Jose Bautista (outfield) and St. Louis’ Chris Davis (designated hitter) and rookie Randal Grichuk (outfield).

Brooklyn and Ottawa each had three players elected to start for the North League, including a tie between second basemen Dustin Pedroia of the Argonauts and Dee Gordon of the Cubs.

The host team’s other representatives are catcher Buster Posey and first baseman Eric Hosmer. Ottawa’s Carlos Correa, who joins Lindor as a rookie elected to start at short, and outfielder AJ Pollock will accompany Pedrioa.

Chicago’s Mike Trout was elected as a write-in candidate to start in the NL outfield. The rest of the North squad is rounded out by Cleveland’s Bryce Harper (outfield) and Mike Moustakas (third base) and Boston rookie DH Kyle Schwarber.

Pitchers and reserves will be announced later this week.

2016 All-Star starters


C – Francisco Cervelli, Oakland

1B – Paul Goldschmidt, Oakland

2B – Robinson Cano, Tijuana

SS – Francisco Lindor, Louisville

3B – (tie) Justin Turner, Oakland; Pablo Sandoval, Louisville

OF – Andrew McCutchen, Oakland

OF – Jose Bautista, Tijuana

OF – Randal Grichuk, St. Louis

DH – Chris Davis, St. Louis


C – Buster Posey, Brooklyn

1B – Eric Hosmer, Brooklyn

2B – (tie) Dee Gordon, Brooklyn; Dustin Pedroia, Ottawa

SS – Carlos Correa, Ottawa

3B – Mike Moustakas, Cleveland

OF – Bryce Harper, Cleveland

OF – AJ Pollock, Ottawa

OF – Mike Trout, Chicago

DH – Kyle Schwarber, Boston

NL wins All-Star game in 10 innings

Josh DonaldsonOttawa’s Josh Donaldson tied the game with a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning and Pittsburgh’s Troy Tulowitzki singled home the Argonauts’ Denard Span with the winning run in the 10th inning as the North League claimed a 5-4 win in the 2015 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field.

Donaldson, the game’s MVP, drove the first pitch he saw from Dellin Betances deep down the left field line with one out in the ninth.

Troy TulowitzkiSpan led off the 10th with a single through the right side, moved up when Betances hit Kennys Vargas with a pitch and scored from second on Tulowitzki’s liner up the middle.

Craig Kimbrel struck out Yasmani Grandal on three pitches to end the game.

The North jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Carlos Gomez homered on the third pitch of the night from Johnny Cueto. NL starter Collin McHugh allowed one hit and struck out five in his two innings.

The South struck for two runs off Adam Wainwright in the third on back-to-back doubles by Jose Altuve and Starling Marte. Marte doubled off Chris Sale in the fifth and came home on Andrew McCutchen’s single off Tyson Ross for a 3-1 SL lead.

The North tied it in the eighth on consecutive RBI doubles by Daniel Murphy and Vargas off Ken Giles, but the South moved back ahead in the bottom half when David Peralta’s single of Kelvin Herrera plated Mookie Betts.

The North nearly went ahead in the ninth after Donaldson’s homer. Betances hit Nelson Cruz with a pitch and Jonathan Lucroy doubled to left. But Matt Holiday and Danny Santana combined on a perfect relay to Grandal to gun down Cruz at the plate.

Box Score: 2015 PGBL All-Star Game



Ottawa adds four All-Stars; McHugh, Cueto to start

2015 All-Star LogoOttawa Argonauts pitchers Collin McHugh and Jake McGee, catcher Jonathan Lucroy and outfielder Denard Span were named among the 15 North League reserves and pitchers for the upcoming 2015 All-Star Game hosted by the Dublin Guinness at Wrigley Field.

The quartet joined elected third baseman Josh Donaldson to give the NL-leading Argos five All-Stars, one less than Oakland and as many as St. Louis in the SL. McHugh will get the start on the mound opposite Memphis’ Johnny Cueto, who will make his second All-Star start.

Infielder Juan Uribe and pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Mark Melancon join Athletes elected starters Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Altuve and Andrew McCutchen. The added Clydesdales joining voted entries Adrian Beltre and David Peralta are first baseman Lucas Duda, outfielder Matt Holliday and reliever Sean Doolittle.

Holliday, chosen for the fifth time, has the most All-Star experience of any of the 30 players filling out the rosters, while 19 of the additions will be first-time All-Stars.

Four of the reserves will be making their fourth appearance: Pittsburgh pitchers Adam Wainwright and Craig Kimbrell, Louisville third baseman Aramis Ramirez and Compton pitcher Jon Lester. Ramirez will serve as the Long Rifles’ lone representative despite his recent trade to Oakland.

Flagstaff catcher Yasmani Grandal and Twin City outfielder Mookie Betts are the final SL bench players. Filling out the NL reserves will be London rookie first baseman Jose Abreu, Vancouver second baseman Daniel Murphy, Cleveland shortstop Starlin Castro, Boston designated hitter Kennys Vargas and Wildcats DH/OF Nelson Cruz.

The rest of the NL pitching staff features Brooklyn’s Tyson Ross, Tribe relievers Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera and Vancouver’s Chris Sale, who’s status is uncertain with an injury that’s kept him out since July 2.

The SL staff is completed by relievers Pedro Strop of the Guinness, Ken Giles of the Melee, Dellin Betances of the Outlawz and Tijuana representative Kevin Quackenbush.


North League

Catcher – Jonathan Lucroy, Ottawa

Infielders – Jose Abreu, London; Starlin Castro, Cleveland; Daniel Murphy, Vancouver; Kennys Vargas, Boston

Outfielders – Nelson Cruz, Vancouver; Denard Span, Ottawa

Pitchers – Collin McHugh, Ottawa (SP); Wade Davis, Cleveland; Kelvin Herrera, Cleveland; Craig Kimbrell, Pittsburgh; Jake McGee, Ottawa; Tyson Ross, Brooklyn; Chris Sale, Vancouver (injured); Adam Wainwright, Pittsburgh

South League

Catcher – Yasmani Grandal, Flagstaff

Infielders – Lucas Duda, St. Louis; Aramis Ramirez, Louisville (traded to Oakland); Juan Uribe, Oakland

Outfielders – Mookie Betts, Twin City; Matt Holliday, St. Louis

Pitchers – Johnny Cueto, Memphis (SP); Dellin Betances, Compton; Sean Doolittle, St. Louis; Ken Giles, Memphis; Dallas Keuchel, Oakland; Jon Lester, Compton; Mark Melancon, Oakland; Kevin Quackenbush, Tijuana; Pedro Strop, Dublin

Dublin awarded 2015 All-Star Game

The Dublin Guinness have been chosen to host the 2015 PGBL All-Star Game at Wrigley Field.

Last year, the North League extended its winning streak to five games with a 5-2 victory at PNC Park, hosted by the Pittsburgh Cobras. MVP Max Scherzer of British Columbia was the winning pitcher with four strikeouts in two perfect innings. London’s Koji Uehara earned the save and the Cobras’ Freddie Freeman hit the game’s only home run.

Before the current NL winning streak, the South had won six in a row.

Future All-Star Games have been awarded as follows:

2016 – Yankee Stadium (Brooklyn)

2017 – Citi Field (Las Vegas)

2018 – Nationals Park (British Columbia)

2019 – Target Field (Twin City)

2020 – Minute Maid Park (Calgary)

2021 – Angel Stadium (Compton)

2022 – AT&T Park (London)

2023 – Camden Yards (Memphis)