The St.Paul All-Stars will be playing the St. Paul Saints in an exhibition game on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at Toni Stone Field at Dunning Complex. Game time is 2:00 P.M.
The St. Paul League consists of 10 amateur teams and they will field a team of 26 ballplayers. This is a fundraiser for the "Friends of St. Paul Baseball" and the proceeds will go to improve ballfields all across the City of St. Paul.
"It's an honor to play a professional baseball team and showcase St. Paul Amateur Baseball," stated Jim Lawton, manager of the Highland Park team and also managing the St. Paul All-Stars. "Jack Munich and Jim Page will be helping me manage and I look forward to a great day of baseball in St. Paul," continued Lawton.
The Saints will take the short bus ride from Municipal Stadium and take on the All-Stars as one of their six warm-up exhibitions to ready for the regular season. They will play another All-Star amateur team next weekend in Cold Spring. That game is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 at P.M. in Cold Spring.
"We play the amateur teams for two reasons," said Derek Sharrer of the Saints, "One, it is a way to pay tribute to the rich history of amateur baseball in the State of Minnesota. It is a great way to highlight that. Two, it is a way for us to give back to the culture of amateur baseball that exists here." Other than some minor expenses like the bus and baseballs the host teams get to keep all of the revenue that is generated because of the game. "We need games and reps--plus it supplies tribute and support," he said.
Sharrer explained that they have played at several older historical ballparks like Miesville and Chaska. "They define amateur baseball and Cold Spring will fit right into that," he said. In St. Paul, the Saints have been very supportive of Midway Youth Baseball and that and the "Friends of St. Paul Baseball" fit right in with the Saints "baseball and fun" attitude.
"We want to make this a mecca for minor league and amateur baseball," Sharrer continued and all of that would fit right into the Saints and St. Paul's bid to establish a new stadium in Lowertown.
Here is the roster for the St. Paul Amateur League:
Pitchers: Sean Lindstrom, Matt Kopp, Nate Erickson, Matt Nelson, Andy Fitzgerald, Tommy Swanson, Bub Luvas, Jeff Boyle, Catchers: Al Faulken. Rocl Bietmer, First Base: Owen Waller, Phil McDermott, Second Base: Bob Gerhard, Max Selim, Third Base: Nick Hansen, Mark Groebner, Shortstop: Mike Kimlinger, Tijl Vanderwege, Outfield: Alex Garee, Scott Phiffer, Rick Reese, Brett Olson, Tommy Swanson, Jim Roehl, DH: Rick Tosse, Tim Noyce. Coaches: Jim Lawton, Jack Munich, Jim Page
The St. Paul Coach, Jim Lawton, started playing amateur baseball in 1968 and still plays occasionally in 2011 for the Highland Park team that he runs.
Game time is 2:00 P.M. Sunday, May 1. Come on out and support St. Paul Amateur Baseball.