When the Frontier League All-Star Game comes to Consol Energy Park Wednesday night in Washington, you can only hope the game is tied after nine innings. Because then you will get to witness something awesome.
Frontier League commissioner Bill Lee and others watched Major League Baseball's All-Star fiasco of 2002, when the game was called a tie after 11 innings because teams ran out of pitchers, and vowed that would never happen in their league. So they came up with one of sports' most unique tiebreakers -- essentially, a home run derby crossed with a shootout.
"It's happened four times so far," Lee said, "and you would not believe the excitement."
Before the game, East Division manager Gregg Langbehn and West manager Phil Warren will designate three players to slug it out, should the game come to that scenario. The players get only three outs. The event was most recently settled by a home run derby in 2008.
Frontier League Home Run Derby, 6 p.m., Consol Energy Park. Wild Things 2B C.J. Beatty will compete.
Frontier League All-Star Game, 7:05 p.m., Consol Energy Park. Wild Things selected: 2B C.J. Beatty (starter), OF Stewart Ijames (starter), C Jim Vahalik, 3B Jovan Rosa.
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Washington Wild Things second baseman C.J. Beatty would be a good candidate for a slug-off -- he was named an All-Star after hitting 10 home runs through the first half of the season, tying him for fourth in the 14-team league.
Beatty will start at second base for the East, while teammate Stewart Ijames starts in the outfield. Wild Things catcher Jim Vahalik and third baseman Jovan Rosa are reserves.
The Frontier League All-Star Game doesn't determine home-field advantage like the MLB's now does, but the winning team does get a larger paycheck, Lee said. This is Washington's second time playing host to the event, with the previous one coming in 2005.
A full-fledged home run derby -- simply for the purpose of hitting long balls, not breaking ties -- will take place tonight.
Eight hitters, including Beatty, will compete for the title. In the event a year ago, 14 hitters combined to hit 57 homers.
After the home run derby, select Frontier League All-Stars will play an exhibition fast-pitch softball game against the Akron Racers, a women's professional team.
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