Burlington to Host the Appalachian League
All-Star Game in 2022
Get Ready for a Two-Day, Sockingly Different All-Star Experience
BURLINGTON, N.C. -- The 2022 Appalachian League All-Star Game will be held in Burlington this season on July 25 and July 26. Featuring a two-day event schedule, with a Fan Fest and Skills Competition on Monday and the All-Star Game on Tuesday, the Sock Puppets are looking to make this an experience that sets the bar for All-Star events to follow. The All-Star Game will be streamed live on MLB.com and replayed nationally on MLB Network (Date/Time TBD).
"We are extremely proud to be hosting the Appalachian League All-Star game in Burlington." Burlington Mayor, Jim Butler said. "We believe we have an All-Star venue in Burlington Athletic Stadium and we have an All-Star Team in our Sock Puppets; so it's only fitting that we host the All-Star Game. We are honored to have the opportunity."
Anderson Rathbun, General Manager of the Burlington Sock Puppets, echoed Mayor Butler's thoughts and continued saying, "when we launched our rebranded identity last year, we wanted to tell the story of our community but also to have a sports identity that resembles what people will see when they walk thru our gates -- a sockingly different experience."
Monday, July 25: Fan Fest and Skills Competition
The party starts Monday, July 25 when the gates open to Burlington Athletic Stadium at 5:00pm with a full-roster autograph session for fans. Live music, fire breathers, circus acts, inflatables and more will also start when gates open. At 7:00pm the Skills Competition is slated to begin, but this isn't your run of the mill Skills Competition. This event will not only focus on the incredible, physical talent of our All-Stars, but will also put the fans of each Appalachian League team against other fans, players, and coaches. Fireworks will also be shot off on the first night after the conclusion of the competitions.
Tuesday, July 26: All-Star Game
The All-Star Game, which is set to start at 7:00pm on July 26, will feature the best players from the West Division against the best players from the East. Post-Game Fireworks will light up the sky once again following this night's contest. The uniqueness, however, isn't just going to be on display on that Monday... stay tuned for what the Sock Puppets will be unveiling leading up to contest that will surely knock your socks off.
Tickets are AVAILABLE NOW for this event by clicking the link here. The Official Hotel for the All-Star Game is the Best Western Plus in Burlington. For room rates and bookings, contact them at (336) 584-0151. More information, events and details will be released throughout the lead up to this event via the Burlington Sock Puppets social media sites (@GoSockPuppets).
About the Appalachian League
The Appalachian League is a summer collegiate baseball league that will serve as an identification and selection process for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and other future national teams. It is also a part of the Prospect Development Pipeline, the collaborative effort between Major League Baseball (MLB) and USA Baseball to establish a player development pipeline leading to the MLB Draft for amateur baseball players in the United States. The League is comprised of the following 10 Clubs: the Bluefield Ridge Runners (Bluefield, W. Va.), Bristol State Liners (Bristol, Va.), Burlington Sock Puppets (Burlington, N.C.), Danville OtterBots (Danville, Va.), Elizabethton River Riders (Elizabethton, Tenn.), Greeneville Flyboys (Greeneville, Tenn.), Johnson City Doughboys (Johnson City, Tenn.), Kingsport Axmen (Kingsport, Tenn.)., Princeton WhistlePigs (Princeton, W. Va.), and the Pulaski River Turtles (Pulaski, Va.).