Hazelwood, FFSD Players in June 23 All-Star Game at Busch Stadium

Before the Cardinals took on the Giants this afternoon, representatives of Delta Dental of Missouri and the St. Louis Cardinals organization took the field during the pregame ceremony to announce the 2014 roster for the Delta Dental High School All-Star Baseball Game.

Each of the 32 players named are graduating seniors from public high schools throughout St. Louis City and St. Louis County. This all-star game has been rescheduled at Busch Stadium for Monday, June 23. The game was canclled on June 8 due to heavy rains. Gate 3 opens at 5:30 p.m., the homerun derby is at 6, and the first pitch is at 7. The game is free.

This year team included Dean Frank, from Hazelwood Central, Tyler Chu, from McCluer North, Emmanuel Johnson from Hazelwood East, Kyle Porter from Hazelwood West, and Ken Grigsby from McCluer South – Berkeley.

Each of the chosen athletes was pre-selected by their school’s coaching staff and assigned to one of the two all-star teams. The “All-Star Blue Team” was coached by former Cardinals third baseman Scott Cooper, a St. Louis native who played high school baseball for the Pattonville Pirates, spent seven seasons in the major leagues and was a member of the American League All-Star team in both 1993 and 1994.

The “All-Star Green Team” will be coached by former Cardinals outfielder Kerry Robinson, who is also a St. Louis native. Robinson was a three-sport athlete for the Hazelwood Spartans and went on to play for the Tampa Bay Rays and was a Cardinal from 2001 to 2003, appearing in the post-season in 2001 and

“We are excited to set the stage for the area’s elite ballplayers to showcase their talents,” commented David Haynes, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Missouri. “But, the mission behind the game is so much more. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. According to the Surgeon General, teenagers who smoke are three times more likely to use alcohol, eight times more likely to smoke marijuana, and 22 times more likely to use cocaine. And, chewing tobacco comes with its own alarming statistics. We cannot end the tobacco epidemic without focusing our efforts on young people. We are looking to raise awareness and help create a tobacco-free generation of healthy kids.”

As part of the Tobacco-Free Nation campaign, Delta Dental will also be raising funds to help support select children’s charities through specially priced St. Louis Cardinals tickets. Those interested can log on to www.cardinals.com/deltadental to purchase $13 loge-level tickets for the games on June 2, July 22 and/or Aug. 18, and be entered into a drawing to win an autographed Adam Wainwright jersey.

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