DURHAM — Jerseys hung from the lockers in the Durham Bulls home locker room Wednesday afternoon but only one featured the Bulls logo.
The names attached to the lockers were those of Mike Piazza, Chipper Jones, Mark Trumbo and newly-acquired Bulls player Wil Myers, each of whom played in the Triple-A All-Star game.
Next summer, different All-Star jerseys will hang in those lockers as the Durham Bulls were selected to host the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game. The Bulls hope to bring in the type of star power of prior events. The 27th annual game will take place July 16, 2014, and will be nationally televised on MLB Network.
The Triple-A All-Star Game features the top players from the International and Pacific Coast leagues. The multi-day event will include an All-Star Fan Fest, Luncheon, and Home Run Derby featuring Minor Leagues Baseballs most iconic home run target the DBAPs famous Snorting Bull and is expected to bring in an estimated $3.3 million for the city of Durham.
The Bulls represent all that is right about Minor League Baseball, International League president Randy Mobley said. And with an MLB Network broadcast, this will be yet another opportunity for Durham to shine in all its glory on a national stage.
During a press conference Thursday, the Bulls also unveiled the logo for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game. It features some of the iconic buildings of the Durham skyline, including the Lucky Strike water tower and smoke stack, all set on a blue star representing the great players who have participated in the game 77 of whom have gone on to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Derek Jeter, Jones, Pedro Martinez, Piazza, and Joey Votto are among the games most notable alumni.
We look forward to putting on an unforgettable show during each event of this monumental celebration of Americas greatest game, Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said.
While the event is not set to begin until next summer, Mobley urged fans to get their hands on a ticket right away.
Fans need to get their tickets when they go on sale and not wait, Mobley said. Over the last 10 years, this game has averaged over 13,500 fans ... theres not 13,500 seats in this ballpark.