Following Tuesday’s Midwest League All-Star Game at West Michigan’s Fifth Third Ballpark, the Peoria Chiefs announced they will host the 2015 edition at Dozer Park.
The 2015 game will be played on Tuesday, June 16. In a press release, the Chiefs said that various events and activities for players and fans are currently being planned for the two-day celebration, which will kick off on Monday, June 15.
It appears the traditional home run derby will be part of the festivities, but with a twist. According to this Journal Star article by Dave Eminian, the Chiefs plan to reverse the setup of the contest so “home plate” would be in deep center field and home run balls would land in the grandstands.
Additionally, Chiefs president Rocky Vonachen told the Journal Star he plans to ask Peoria native Jim Thome to participate in a home run-hitting contest with at least one other former major-league hitter. (Perhaps Jose Canseco? He’ll be participating in a softball home run derby at South Bend’s Four Winds Field early next month.)
The Chiefs have hosted the Midwest League All-Star Game twice before, in 1992 at old Pete Vonachen Stadium and in 2005 at the current stadium, which was known as O’Brien Field at the time.