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Midwest League 1997

All-Star Game

East 6, West 5
played at Lansing, June 17, 1997

This page summarizes the 1997 Midwest League All-Star Game, which was held in Lansing's Oldsmobile Park on June 17, 1977.

This page includes a game writeup and rosters for both teams. You may wish to compare these rosters with the Post-Season All Stars, or with my May 24 "Best Players" selections.


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The 1997 Midwest League All-Star Game was held on Tuesday, June 17, at Lansing's Oldsmobile Park. The teams were selected by a poll of the League's managers. The "East" team consisted of representatives from Beloit, Fort Wayne, Lansing, Michigan, South Bend, West Michigan, and Wisconsin (that's the Eastern Division plus the Wisconsin teams). The "West" team represented Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Kane County, Peoria, Rockford, and Quad City (the Western Division plus the Illinois teams).


Chelane Priller, who used to write a web site about Lansing's Lugnuts, volunteered the following writeup:

The 1997 Midwest League All-Star game was played at Oldsmobile Park in Lansing, Michigan, the home of the Lansing Lugnuts. Attendance was a record for the All-Star games at 10,060.


Umpires were:

Home Plate  Damien Beal
First Base  Adam Dowdy
Second Base Darryl Massa
Third Base  Darwin Schiltz
Left Field  Tyler Hoffman
Right Field Brian Hale

Starting pitcher for the East was Greg Romo from the Whitecaps and for the West was Jay Peterson from the Burlington Bees.

The Starting Line-ups were:

      West                                East

3B    James Lofton      BUR         CF    Jason Conti       SB
2B    Chad Myers        ROC         RF    John Barnes       MIC
SS    Brent Butler      PEO         1B    Rob Fick          WMI
LF    Darron Ingram     BUR         3B    Kit Pellow        LAN
1B    Marlon Allen      BUR         DH    Brian Dubose      WMI
RF    Joe Freitas       PEO         C     Chad Moeller      FTW
DH    Mike Hampton      BUR         LF    Dernell Stenson   MIC
C     Ryan Robertson    KNC         2B    Rene Capellan     WMI
CF    Rod Lindsey       CLI         SS    Luis Rivas        FTW

MGR   Gary Varsho       WIS         MGR   Bruce Fields      WMI

Romo faced only 3 batters in the 1st, with the help of Rene Capellan taking Chad Moeller's throw to second from the SS side around to catch James Lofton stealing. Lofton had reached on a fielding error by shortstop Luis Rivas. Peterson had a rough go of it though, as the East batters tagged him for 3 runs. Jason Conti singled then John Barnes hit one over the fence in left field. Rob Fick came up next and sent one over the fence in right. Peterson got himself together and retired the next three. Score after 1: 3-0, East.

Romo retired the West batters 1-2-3 in the 2nd, and Philip Norton from the Rockford Cubbies followed suit with the East batters. Score after 2: 3-0, East.

Matt Kinney from the Michigan Battle Cats pitched in the top of the 3rd. He flirted with danger - Ryan Robertson hit a 1-out double. After a strike out, James Lofton hit one to the shortstop Rivas, but the throw pulled Conti off the bag and there were runners at the corners. Kinney then struck out Chad Myers to end the threat. David Townsend from the Kane County Cougars came in and gave up another run to East. John Barnes hit a 1-out single and Kit Pellow knocked Barnes in with a 2-out RBI double. Score after 3: 4-0, East.

Clay Bruner from the Whitecaps came in for the 4th and got tagged for all 4 tying runs. Darron Ingram drew a 1-out walk and went to second when Marlon Allen's grounder to short went right under Rivas' glove. After a strike out, Mike Hampton hit a RBI single to send Ingram across the plate. Ryan Robertson stepped up and hit a towering 3-run homer to right. Brent Billingsley from the Burlington Bees took mound and gave up a lead-off triple to Chad Moeller. After a strike out, he gave up a walk to Rene Capellan. Billingsley then struck out the next two to end the inning. Score after 4: 4-4.

Joe Mays from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers came up and took West down 1-2-3 with the help of a great diving catch in right field by John Barnes. Brent Billingsley pitched a second inning, and after giving up a lead-off single to John Barnes, retired the next 3 East batters to maintain the tie. Score after 5: 4-4.

At this point a bunch of changes were made:

      East                             West

C     Steve Lomasney      MIC    DH    Jason Garrett  KNC
2B    Cleatus Davidson    FTW    C     Tucker Barr    QC
SS    Steve Medrano       LAN    CF    Wes Pratt      QC
1B    Jason Layne         LAN    3B    Rob Sasser     KNC
3B    Luis Figueroa       WIS    SS    Dennis Abreu   ROC
DH    Jason Regan         WIS    LF    Gerald Parent  CLI
                                 1B    Kevin Burns    QC

Chuck Beale from the Battle Cats came to pitch the 6th. Marlon Allen hit a 1-out homer out to left. Joe Freitas walked then was caught stealing after Jason Garrett struck out. Steve Hoff from the Clinton Lumber Kings came in for the bottom of the inning. Steve Lomasney hit a big homer over the center field deck to lead off. Hoff shook it off and got the next 3 West batters to end the inning. Score after 6: 5-5.

Kasey Richardson came in for the 7th. After giving up a walk, he got out of the inning with a strike out and a 3-6-3 double play. The East batters faced Gabe Garcia from the Quad City River Bandits. Jason Layne hit a 2-out single and went to second on a fielding error by center fielder Wes Pratt. A ground out stranded him there. Score after 7: 5-5

Pete Harvell from the South Bend Silver Hawks took the mound for the 8th and retired the West batters 1-2-3, and Domingo Guzman from the Lumber Kings struck out his three. Score after 8: 5-5

Chad Rodriguez from the Lansing Lugnuts started the 9th. Kevin Burns hit a lead-off single. After a strike-out, Jason Garrett drew a walk. Manager Bruce Fields came out and brought in Dennis Stark to finish the inning. After a strike out, Wes Pratt hit a bouncer between first and second and Cleatus Davidson made a great running snag of the ball and tossed it to first just in time to beat Pratt as he came down the line. Martin Sanchez from the Kane County Cougars came to the mound to pitch the bottom of the 9th. Steve Medrano hit a towering 1-out triple off the right field wall and scored the winning run on Jason Conti's RBI single. Final Score: 6-5, East.


It was an exciting game and the fireworks afterward provided an impressive display to match the impressive performances of the night.

The Howe SportsData Star of Stars was John Barnes of the Michigan Battle Cats, who went 3 for 4 with a 2-run homer, a single after which he scored, and another single, plus a great defensive diving catch out in right.


Festivities began at 6:00 pm with a celebrity event called "Stars of Yesterday" featuring former Detroit Tigers against other former big leaguers. Hall of Fame pitchers Bob Feller and Fergie Jenkins appeared for the visiting team; Gates Brown, Willie Horton, and Mickey Lolich were among the Tiger representatives. The loosely-played game was won by the visiting squad, 2-1; a good time was had by all.


East Team

Pitchers

                        W-L  ERA  G SV IP   BB SO
 Chuck Beale       MIC  1-1 3.46 25 12 26.0  7 30
 Clay Bruner       WMI  7-2 2.61 12  0 79.1 27 74
*Pete Harvell      SB   3-2 1.80 24  7 35.0 12 30
 Matt Kinney       MIC  6-2 2.75 13  0 75.1 47 89
 Allen Levrault**  BEL  3-3 3.26 10  0 60.2 16 42
 Joe Mays          WIS  9-3 2.09 13  0 81.2 23 79
 Craig Quintal     WMI  4-5 2.33 11  0 69.2 13 39
*Kasey Richardson  FTW  3-3 3.13 13  0 72.0 29 48
 Chad Rodriguez    LAN  2-0 2.48 23  3 29.0  5 22
 Greg Romo         WMI  9-0 3.11 12  0 72.1 29 65
 Dennis Stark      WIS  5-2 1.84 13  0 68.1 23 81

Catchers

                         AVG  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR BI BB SO  SB
 Chad Moeller      FTW  .283 191 28 54  6  2  4 20 23 36   3
   starter
 Steve Lomasney    MIC  .263 133 28 35 11  2  5 20 19 49   2

Infielders

                         AVG  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR BI BB  SO SB
 Rene Capellan     WMI  .299 214 37 64 14  4  4 33 15  26  4
   starter, 2B
#Cleatus Davidson  FTW  .261 222 34 58  7  3  2 26 26  48 14
   normally 2B
*Robert Fick       WMI  .374 219 49 82 29  1 11 44 38  25  1
   starter, 1B
 Luis Figueroa     WIS  .299 231 26 69  9  2  2 37 17  10  1
   normally 3B
 Ron Hartman**     SB   .258 186 23 48 16  2  2 35 24  33  1
   normally 3B
*Jason Layne       LAN  .291 189 28 55 12  1  5 41 34  42  0
   normally 1B
#Steve Medrano     LAN  .232 185 28 43  2  5  0 16 24  19  8
   normally SS
 Kit Pellow        LAN  .297 256 39 76 17  2 11 52 24  74  2
   starter, 3B
*Jackie Rexrode    SB   .304 214 39 65  8  1  1 16 37  33  8
   normally 2B
 Luis Rivas        FTW  .259 216 32 56 12  5  0 18 24  46 14
   starter, SS

Outfielders

                         AVG  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR BI BB  SO SB
 John Barnes       MIC  .335 236 46 79  9  3  5 38 35  19  9
   starter
*Jason Conti       SB   .356 250 51 89 17  5  2 20 25  38 17
#Tony Miranda      LAN  .318 192 41 61 21  3  2 32 34  41  4
   starter
 Jason Regan       WIS  .254 177 31 45 14  1  9 23 23  55  2
   normally 2B!
 Dernell Stenson   MIC  .306 248 37 76 19  0  6 41 28  60  2
   starter

Designated Hitter

                         AVG  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR BI BB  SO SB
*Brian DuBose      WMI  .309 152 34 47  7  4  6 32 28  30  4
   starter

West Team

Pitchers

                        W-L  ERA  G SV IP   BB SO
*Brent Billingsley KNC  5-5 3.92 13  0 80.1 29 85
 Bryan Braswell    QC   5-4 3.16 12  0 77.0 24 77
 Aaron Cames       KNC  3-4 3.50 13  0 72.0 26 89
 Gabe Garcia       QC   3-6 3.61 12  0 72.1 30 59
 Domingo Guzman    CLI  4-5 3.19 12  0 79.0 25 91
*Steve Hoff        CLI  7-1 2.71 12  0 76.1 18 78
 Wade Miller**     QC   5-3 3.36 10  0 59.0 10 50
*Phillip Norton    ROC  6-1 3.12 13  0 80.2 31 93
 Jay Peterson      BUR  8-3 4.58 13  0 72.2 42 66
 Steve Reed        PEO  4-1 5.96 32  0 45.1 12 40
 Martin Sanchez    KNC  1-2 2.97 28 12 30.1 13 35
 David Townsend    KNC  5-1 2.40 13  0 64.0 16 51

Catchers

                         AVG  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR BI BB  SO SB
 Tucker Barr       QC   .239 155 30 37  4  0  8 23 20  41  0
 James Davis       BUR  .268 149 17 40  6  1  2 21  9  29  2
*Ryan Robertson    KNC  .251 179 36 45 12  0  5 34 42  32  0
   starter

Infielders

                         AVG  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR BI BB  SO SB
 Dennis Abreu      ROC  .339 227 31 77 11  1  1 19 20  52 20
   normally SS
 Marlon Allen      BUR  .310 242 42 75 20  1 12 52 36  61  5
   starter, 1B
*Kevin Burns       QC   .256 242 39 62 14  1  9 45 15  54  1
   normally 1B
 Brent Butler      PEO  .326 233 39 76 22  0  8 39 27  26  5
   starter, SS
 Jason Garrett     KNC  .330 230 42 76 17  2  4 41 24  55  2
   normally 1B
#James Lofton      BUR  .298 228 43 68  9  0  3 27 26  36  9
   starter, 3B
*Brian McClure     CLI  .285 186 43 53  8  6  2 28 47  32  5
   normally 2B
 Chad Meyers       ROC  .289 218 45 63 14  3  2 27 38  42 31
   starter, 2B
*Rob Sasser        CR   .264 242 50 64 14  1  8 36 29  46 22
   normally 3B

Outfielders

                         AVG  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR BI BB  SO SB
 Joe Frietas       PEO  .220 200 32 44  5  1 14 36 24  74  1
   starter
 Darron Ingram     BUR  .251 267 40 67 14  4 14 52 19 101  1
   starter
 Rod Lindsey       CLI  .223 269 45 60  8  3  2 26 31  86 42
   starter
*Gerald Parent     CLI  .248 230 26 57  8  0  0 32 38  58  4
 Wes Pratt         QC   .265 219 41 58 14  0 10 28 22  32  7

Designated Hitter

                         AVG  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR BI BB  SO SB
 Mike Hampton      BUR  .257 175 45 45  8  1 10 35 33  41 15
   starter

Statistics shown include Sunday, June 15. Three exceptions, marked with double asterisks [**], were not listed in the stats lists on June 15 (Levrault is injured; I suspect Hartman and Miller were promoted); stats are shown for those players through June 6.

Several players on these rosters were promoted shortly before or after the All-Star Game.


My thanks to Chelane for the narrative. She used to do this daily on her LugPage....



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