By Drew Lawson
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The St. Paul Saints will be represented by a league-high six players and manager George Tsamis at the American Association All-Star Game July 23.
Tsamis was selected to manage the North Division team with his coaching staff.
Off the field, St. Paul is hoping to show off a stadium and atmosphere it believes is unmatched around the league.
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St. Paul is hosting the event for the third time after previously hosting in 2016 and 2008. The organization reached out to the league and volunteered to host. Saints Vice President and Director of Broadcasting/Media Relations Sean Aronson said promotion of the event won’t change much from a regular Saints game, though promotion is done with all other teams in the league.
“We try to tell people it’s not just a regular Saints game, but it’s the best people in our league (playing),” Aronson said.
Saints players are most looking forward to the home run derby July 22. First-time All-Star pitcher Todd Van Steensel said it’s a fun event to rally the team behind, especially when a teammate is performing well. Designated hitter Brady Shoemaker, a four-time All-Star, is also excited to have his family be part of the experience.
“We have two little boys, so getting them to be here with us is something we’ll look back on for years,” Shoemaker said.
Four St. Paul players are in the starting nine for the North Division, including Shoemaker, outfielder Dan Motl, catcher/first baseman Jeremy Martinez and second baseman Josh Allen.
Outfielder Max Murphy was also voted a starter, but won’t play in the All-Star Game after his contract was bought out by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Van Steensel and pitcher Eddie Medina round out the Saints’ player representatives.