The Daytona Tortugas announced today that they will be the host of the 2020 Florida State League All-Star game. This announcement comes on the heels of a day where Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball went to a war of words on social media with each other over the proposed plan to eliminate 42 current minor league teams from affiliated baseball – including the Daytona Tortugas.
For Daytona it’s been over a decade since they last hosted the Florida State League’s All-Star festivities. Back in 2007 they were the host – and they were also the Chicago Cubs Advanced-A affiliate at the time. That game had a few big time Cincinnati Reds prospects in it. Johnny Cueto was a late addition to the team. He joined Jay Bruce, who was leading the league with 30 extra-base hits, triples, and slugging percentage at the time. Future big leaguers Adam Rosales, Logan Ondrusek, Josh Roenicke, and Carlos Fisher were also on the team as representatives of the Sarasota Reds. Infielder Mike Griffin and pitcher Richie Gardner also made the team – Gardner was promoted to Double-A prior to the game, though. That Sarasota Reds team went 81-59 and made the playoffs, but lost in the first round to Clearwater.
This time around the team will be hosting the game on Tuesday June 23rd. The game won’t be the only event held in Daytona, though. There will be things happening in and around Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Monday June 22nd and the following day. The event will include both a home run derby and a celebrity softball game on Monday, as well as a Fan Fest that will include games and activities for fans of all ages according to the Tortugas press release. Those events will all take place on Monday, followed up by the game on Tuesday. You can read the entire release here from the Tortugas.