The Coastal Plain League 2005 All-Star Fan Fest and All-Star Game will be hosted by the Wilson Tobs on July 18th and 19th at Historic Fleming Stadium in Wilson, N.C.
The CPL All-Star Game festivities will last two days and feature a Fan Fest on the night before the All-Star Game. The Fan Fest will include a Home Run Derby and VIP reception at the North Carolina Baseball Museum. The league’s annual All-Star Luncheon and All-Star Game will take place the following day.
A special post-game fireworks show will follow the All-Star game, and there will be several opportunities for fans to interact with the All-Stars during the two-day event.
Tickets to individual events, including the All-Star Game, Fan Fest and All-Star Luncheon, are on sale. A limited number of VIP All-Star Passes, which includes admission to all events, is also available.
How Players Are Selected:
The 2005 Coastal Plain League All-Star Teams will be voted upon by each of the 14 head coaches and one media representative for each club. Possible All-Star candidates will be listed by position on their respective divisional ballot, of which the coaches and media will vote from. The votes will be tallied and the 46 All-Stars will be known. Then, the two All-Star head coaches will take part in a draft to see which team (National or American) each All-Star player will end up on. There will be a coin toss between the two coaches and via a teleconference with the League office, the two coaches will go back and forth filling their rosters until the last player is taken.
How Coaches Are Selected:
The 2005 Coastal Plain League All-Star Coaches will be determined bases on First-Half Champions and overall winning percentage in the first half. The two All-Star head coaches will be the two coaches with the best overall winning percentage in the first half and who also won their respective division’s first-half championship. The remaining coach from the other divisional first-half champion team will be an assistant for one of the two All-Star teams based on geographics. Out of the remaining coaches, the one with the next best overall winning percentage in the first half will be the other assistant coach. Also, the head coach of the host team (this year it’s Wilson) will serve as an assistant for the All-Star team that fits with his geographics.
2005 Home Run Derby Rules:
- Three Rounds, Eight (8) outs per round
- Six (6) Hitters per All-Star Team
- Either a Home Run or it’s an Out
- Can use aluminum bats for two (2) outs per round
- Home runs with wood = 3 points
- Home runs with aluminum = 1 point
Round 1: Six (6) hitters from the National and Six (6) from the American
- Top three (3) hitters from both clubs advance to next round
Round 2: Three (3) hitters from the National and Three (3) from the American
- Top one (1) hitter from both clubs advances to final round
Round 3 (Championship Round): Top hitters from the National and American teams
- Hitter with the most total points in round three from all three rounds combined is crowned Champion
National All-Star Participants:
1) Travis Anderson - Wilmington
2) John Raynor - Wilmington
3) Michael Rutledge - Outer Banks
4) Kevin Reynolds - Edenton
5) Spencer Steedly - Wilson
6) Matt Matulia - Peninsula
American All-Star Participants:
1) Alex Apolinar - Wilson
2) Joey Besl - New Bern
3) Mike Chambers - Petersburg
4) Seth Williams - Asheboro
5) Mike McKenry - Fayetteville
6) Josh Paul - Martinsville
- CPL All-Star Coaches Announced:
CPL All-Star Coaches Announced press release
- National CPL All-Star Team Announced:
2005 National CPL All-Star Team Announced press release
- American CPL All-Star Team Announced:
2005 American CPL All-Star Team Announced press release
Rawlings Offensive Player of the 2005 Coastal Plain League All-Star Game:
Kevin Reynolds (Quincy) Edenton Steamers
Reynolds was voted by various members of the media that attended the 2005 CPL All-Star Game to be named the Rawlings Offensive Player of the CPL All-Star Game. A member of the Edenton Steamers, Reynolds played for the National CPL All-Star team as a leftfielder. On the night, he went 3-for-4 at the plate, scored two runs, as well as grabbing an RBI. In the top of the ninth and the game tied at 3-3, Reynolds singled to left, driving in Spencer Steedly for the go-ahead run and eventual game winner. Reynolds also finished the night with three stolen bases.
Rawlings Defensive Player of the 2005 Coastal Plain League All-Star Game:
Kenny Smith (UNC-Wilmington) Gastonia Grizzlies
Smith was voted by various members of the media that attended the 2005 CPL All-Star Game to be named the Rawlings Defensive Player of the CPL All-Star Game. A member of the Gastonia Grizzlies, Smith also played for the National CPL All-Star team, but as a shortstop. Defensively, Smith came away with two putouts and four assists, and made a spectagular grab to force an out for the National squad. On the offensive side, he went 1-for-2 on the night.