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THE 2017 MA­JOR LEAGUE BASE­BALL ALL-STAR GAME COMES TO MAR­LINS PARK, BRING­ING WITH IT A WEEK OF MI­AMI-STYLE FUN.

Ocean Drive - - Contents July/august 2017 - BY JON WARECH

The 2017 Ma­jor League Base­ball All-star Game comes to Mar­lins Park, bring­ing with it a week of Mi­ami-style fun.

When the world’s best base­ball play­ers roll into town for the MLB All-star Game on July 11, the celebration will be one that only Mi­ami can pro­vide. For an in­side look at all of the fun in the sun, Ocean Drive talked to Marla Miller, MLB se­nior vice pres­i­dent for spe­cial events, to give us the play-by-play.

What’s the best way for fans to meet their fa­vorite play­ers? From July 7 to 11, MLB All-star Fanfest pro­vides fans with a great op­por­tu­nity to meet and in­ter­act with some of their fa­vorite cur­rent play­ers and leg­ends. The five-day event will trans­form the Mi­ami Beach Con­ven­tion Cen­ter into a base­ball theme park that cap­tures the thrills and ex­cite­ment of MLB for all ages. What makes the Mi­ami All-star week­end dif­fer­ent from All-star week­ends in other cities? While this will be the 88th Ma­jor League Base­ball All-star Game, it is the first held in Mi­ami, mak­ing it that much more ex­cit­ing for MLB and lo­cal fans. All-star Week will fea­ture the first-ever Elec­tric Run MLB All-star 5K, pre­sented by Nike, on July 8, and the first-ever MLB All-star Zumba, on July 9. These will be fun fan events with a Mi­ami fla­vor for the en­tire fam­ily. And for only the sec­ond year, we will host Play Ball Park (at Bayfront Park from July 6 to 11), a free out­door space for fun and

ed­u­ca­tional youth ac­tiv­i­ties like spe­cial clin­ics with former Ma­jor Lea­guers, fu­ture stars of the game play­ing in the Sir­ius XM All-star Fu­tures Game, and mem­bers from USA Base­ball and USA Soft­ball.

Ev­ery­one loves the Home Run Derby. How will Mar­lins Park stack up to past Derby venues?

The T-mo­bile Home Run Derby is al­ways a fa­vorite, and Mar­lins Park will be great for this spec­ta­cle. A mem­o­rable venue for the Derby pro­vides in­ter­est­ing land­marks that the hit­ters have the po­ten­tial to hit home runs near, around, on, or into. With Mar­lins Park, there are plenty of lo­ca­tions: There is the home run sculp­ture in cen­ter field, the pool at the Cleve­lander, and the fan area in left field that will be ma­jor tar­gets. With home­town hero Gian­carlo Stan­ton as the reign­ing cham­pion, fans in Mi­ami are likely to have a Mar­lins star to root for in de­fend­ing his crown.

What does the game com­ing to Mi­ami do for the city?

This year marks the 20th an­niver­sary of the All-star Legacy Ini­tia­tive, which, in part­ner­ship with the Mi­ami Mar­lins, will in­vest $5 mil­lion to sup­port var­i­ous projects in the Greater Mi­ami area with par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on un­der­priv­i­leged youth, the phys­i­cally im­paired, and veter­ans. This is an im­por­tant el­e­ment of the All-star Game al­low­ing MLB and the host club to give back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and fund projects that will have a last­ing im­pact on Greater Mi­ami long af­ter All-star Week is over.

There are nu­mer­ous events sur­round­ing the MLB All-star Game, in­clud­ing the Sir­iusxm All-star Fu­tures Game and All-star Leg­ends & Celebrity Soft­ball Game on July 9, the T-mo­bile Home Run Derby on July 10, and the MLB All-star Game pre­sented by Mastercard on July 11. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit all­stargame.com.

The Amer­i­can ieague All-stars cel­e­brate their win af­ter de­feat­ing the ka­tional ieague All-stars at 201S’s MIB All-star dame, this year held at Mar­lins mark (BACK­GROUND).

mlay­ers line up on the base path dur­ing the ka­tional An­them and watch the mil­i­tary fly­over prior to last year’s All-star dame at San Diego’s metco mark (ƚƛƨưƞ).

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