WEST COAST LEAGUE: All-star game to be played in Bellingham

VANCOUVER — The West Coast League unveiled its plans for the highly anticipated return of the All-Star Game to the league’s lineup of summer events in 2024.

The 2024 West Coast League All-Star Game will be hosted by the Bellingham Bells, scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch on Wednesday, July 17, at the iconic Joe Martin Field in Bellingham.

The two-day extravaganza, spanning July 16 and 17, promises a series of events, including a community adaptive baseball game, a player pro-style workout featuring MLB scouts, and a riveting skills challenge featuring top WCL All-Stars.

The 2024 All-Star Game will showcase the stellar players representing each of the league’s 16 teams and will be broadcast live on MLB.com.

WCL Commissioner Rob Neyer expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating, “The return of the All-Star Game is a testament to the league’s commitment to excellence. It’s a celebration of the remarkable talent within the West Coast League, and we can’t wait to see all our stars together again.”

Following a competitive bid process, the Bellingham Bells were awarded this prestigious event. One of the West Coast League’s founding teams, the Bells boasted an impressive fourth-place attendance ranking in the 2023 season, drawing nearly 60,000 fans to their games. The classic Joe Martin Field, with its all-turf playing surface, full video display scoreboard, batting cages and a seating capacity of 3,100, serves as the perfect venue for this premier baseball event.

Stephanie Morrell, general manager of the Bellingham Bells, said, “We are beyond thrilled to be hosting the All-Star Game this summer. We’ve collaborated closely with the league to enhance the event’s impact and showcase the league’s outstanding product and talent. I couldn’t be happier for our fans and our community that the WCL is trusting us with this event.”

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