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Eugene Emeralds: Ems Will Host 2014 All-Star Game and More

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Ems Will Host 2014 All-Star Game

The Eugene Emeralds have announced that PK Park will play host to the 2014 Northwest League All-Star Game. The once annual all-star game will me reinstated next season in Everett, home of the Everett Aqua Sox, on August 6, 2013 for the 2013 baseball season. The game will match the newly aligned North and South divisions with Eugene, Salem, Hillsboro and Boise comprising the visiting squad taking on Vancouver, Tri-City, Spokane and host Everett.

All eight teams will host the event with a rotating schedule. All-star week, much like in the MLB, will be a three day event with a fan day, home run derby and concluding with the game itself. This year’s event will be just the second All-Star game in league history following the 2004 contest which commemorated 50 years of Northwest League baseball. The Ems were one of the original seven in the Northwest League back in the inaugural 1955 season.

“The Emeralds are excited to bring this event to Lane County.  We are hoping to bring a truly Eugene experience to the festivities and look forward to showing off our great city,” said general manager Allan Benavides.

Ticket and hotel packages will be made available as dates get set for the 2014 season.

2008 Emerald Traded to White Sox

The San Diego Padres announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Brandon Kloess from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for outfielder Blake Tekotte. Tekotte, 25, hit .163 (8-for-49) in 30 Major League games played over parts of two seasons with San Diego (2011-12). He was selected by the Padres in the third-round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. His first professional experience came in Eugene where in 47 games with the Emeralds he hit .285 with 15 doubles, six homers and 29 runs batted in.

The left-handed hitter hit .269 (519-for-1929) with 112 doubles, 17 triples, 65 home runs, 242 RBI, 326 runs scored and 110 stolen bases in 502 minor league games played over parts of five minor league seasons (2008-12) in the Padres organization.

Kloess, 27, spent the 2012 season between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox organization. The right-hander combined last season to go 6-3 with a 2.69 ERA (22 ER/73.2 IP) with 70 strikeouts against 30 walks, one home run allowed and a .225 (62-for-276) opponents batting average.  Originally signed by Chicago as a minor league free agent in June of 2009, Kloess has gone 17-10 with a 2.39 ERA (71 ER/267.0 IP), 295 strikeouts against 81 walks and a .222 (218-for-983) opponents batting average in 132 games, five starts, across four minor league seasons (2009-12) in the White Sox organization.

Emeralds Announce New Logo Release Date

The Ems have announced that the team will be releasing a new logo and color scheme later this month. Fans and media are invited to the Logo Release Party at the Ninkasi Brewing tasting room at 272 Van Buren Street on Tuesday, November 27 starting at 5:30pm.

Also, to make room for the new merchandise, the Emeralds are hosting a surplus sale on Saturday, November 10 at the PK Park box office located at 2760 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  All merchandise will be discounted with hats and t-shirts starting at just $5. In addition to traditional team gear, the Ems are emptying out the storage unit to sell various items with the old logo.

“We are hoping to make a big impression with the new logos and colors,” said Benavides. “We’ve been working on this for almost a year and are very excited to see the fan reaction.”

The first 100 fans aged 21 and over attending the November 27th event will receive a free pint glass featuring the new Emeralds logo and Ninkasi logo. Fans under 21 years of age will receive a free t-shirt with the new logo. Merchandise with the new colors and logo will be available for sale at the event and then online starting November 28th. All in attendance will be entertained by the music of local artist Lonesome Randall.

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