With the 2016 New York – Penn League All Star Game a little more than week away, Brooklyn Baseball Banter has learned from a source that the 2017 New York – Penn League All Star Game will be hosted by either the Tri-City ValleyCats or West Virginia Black Bears.
A formal announcement will be made sometime next week, most likely after Tuesday’s game.
Since the inception of the New York – Penn League All Star Game in 2005, 9 different New York – Penn League citied have hosted the All Star game. Brooklyn hosted the inaugural game in 2005. The game then moved to Aberdeen, Hudson Valley, Tri-City, State College, Staten Island, Lowell, Mahoning Valley & Connecticut each year before returning to Brooklyn in 2014.
The NYPL followed the original pattern by having the 2015 New York – Penn League All Star Game in Aberdeen before moving it to Hudson Valley this season.
Tri-City would be next in the original rotation, but the West Virginia Black Bears, which joined the New York – Penn League in 2015, is on a college campus and has the ability to accommodate the players and necessary staff.
The cities of Auburn, Batavia, Vermont and Williamsport are not being considered as venues, as the ballparks are old and/or the cities do not have adequate accommodations nearby. While Williamsport isn’t on the list of eligible venues, the city does host the Little League World Series.
The Jamestown Jammers, New Jersey Cardinals and Oneonta Tigers never hosted the New York – Penn League All Star Game while they were in existence.