North Adams to Host NECBL All-Star Game

10 Jul

2017 NECBL All Star GameThe New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game will be returning to Massachusetts for the first time since 2014, when Holyoke hosted.  This time the game will be heading to Berkshires and will be hosted at Joe Wolfe Field in North Adams.  The league’s 13 teams will be divided up by division (Northern and Southern) and will be coached by the manager’s whose team’s lead those divisions.  After the team’s are announced, fans will be able to vote in one player per division to be added to the team roster, called the All-Star Game Fan Vote.

The day in North Adams will begin early in the morning and continue into the late evening.  The league will host an MLB Talent Showcase, which will begin at 9:45 AM and be completed by 11:30 AM.  The showcase will feature a Pitching Prospect Showcase (15 pitches per pitcher), a Hitting Prospect Showcase (4 rounds per hitter, 7 pitches per round), Catcher Pop and Throw (5 throws to second base) and Outfield Arm (3 rounds of 2 throws from CF to Home Plate).  This is following by an All-Star Brunch at 11:45 and then batting and fielding practice for each time, which will run until 3:15 PM.  At 3:15, a 60-Yard Dash will be conducted and at 3:30 the Home Run Derby will take place.  In the Derby, each contestant will get 3 minutes to hit, with the top 4 contestants making it to the final round.  Field prep for the game will go from 4:50-5:10 and pre-game ceremonies will follow and lead up to first pitch.Joe Wolfe Field

The game will be played at the home of the North Adams SteepleCats, Joe Wolfe Field which is located at 310 State Street in North Adams.  The stadium last hosted the All-Star Game in 2007, when 4,000 fans came out to watch the Southern Division defeat the Northern Division 8-0.  The stadium has a bleacher seating that holds about 1,800 while most fans will bring chairs and line them up down the foul lines, so be sure to arrive at the field early