Union, NJ -- Now in its thirteenth year of operation, the ABCCL has established a well-earned reputation for high-quality play and a unique spirit of cooperation and partnership with college programs throughout New Jersey and the country.
Over this time players have joined the ABCCL from such baseball programs as Louisiana State University, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Virginia, Ohio State University, William and Mary, Oral Roberts, West Virginia University, University of Virginia, Rice, St. John’s, Rider, Princeton, Seton Hall and Rutgers Universities.
This year's All-Star Game features more than 50 athletes drawn from the League's eight teams, all of which are based in New Jersey. The two squads that will take the field on July 1 were chosen by the League coaches, not only for their superior skills on the baseball diamond, but for their team contributions, sportsmanship, and character.
A Great Venue for Playing and Viewing
For the third consecutive year the game will be held at Jim Hynes ‘63 Stadium at Kean University, in Union. This outstanding facility, with Major League dimensions, is widely considered the premiere on-campus stadium in New Jersey. Directions to the stadium can be found on the Kean University web site (www.keanathletics.com) or www.abccl.com.
Pre-Game Tribute to Honor Fallen Hero
The 2013 event will once again pay special tribute to New Jersey native Capt. Ryan K. Iannelli in whose name this and future all-star games will be named. Captain Iannelli, a United States Marine pilot, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011. Iannelli was a former ABCCL All-Star outfielder who played in the League in 2005. He was also a member of the 2006 Oral Roberts University team that reached the NCAA Super Regionals.
As ABCCL President, Monique Koehler described, “Ryan was so much more than a talented baseball player. He was devoted to his family, his faith and his country. He also overcame serious health issues with a positive attitude and determination that was inspirational. That he chose to join our armed forces isn’t surprising. The fighting spirit, selflessness and commitment to teamwork that we saw on the ball field and in his personal life couldn’t find a more perfect outlet than in service to his nation and the people whose freedom he sought to protect. It’s truly fitting and with great pride that we name our annual game in Ryan’s honor.”
MLB Scout Showcase Provides Exciting All-Star Talent Preview
Prior to the 9-inning game, a workout will be conducted and attended by talent evaluators from over a dozen MLB organizations. According to Don Kohler, of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, the event is unique to the area. “The ABCCL is a valued source of talent for our member clubs and we continue to enjoy a wonderful relationship with the League’s administration and coaches,” he said. “Over the years, that partnership has helped bring a number of top flight prospects to our attention and I have every reason to believe it will continue to do so.”
Great Afternoon of Baseball Begins at 1:00 PM
The workout is scheduled for 1:00 PM, and is open to the public. The All-Star game will begin immediately following the workout, estimated start time is 3:00 PM. Both events are free of charge. There is convenient University parking and refreshments will be available.