Tacoma Rainiers closer Jean Machi and first baseman Daniel Vogelbach will get to represent the team in the Triple-A All-Star Game which will be hosted by the Rainiers at Cheney Stadium on July 12th.
Vogelbach and Machi join the likes of Alex Verdugo, Luke Weaver, Amed Rosario and Raul Mondesi as members of the Pacific Coast League team. The PCL stars will take on the International League squad, headlined by baseball’s best prospect Yoan Moncada along with Jorge Alfaro and Willy Adames.
For Daniel Vogelbach, it is the fourth year he’s been a minor league All-Star and the second year in a row he’ll be playing for the PCL. Last year, Vogelbach represented the Iowa Cubs in the game, before being dealt to the Mariners a few days later.
The big lefty is hitting .296 with nine home runs and 44 runs batted in while also spending some time in the major leagues with he Mariners. It’s a big honor for Vogelbach, especially playing in front of the home crowd.
“Anytime you get chosen by other people and other coaches to play in the game especially at this level and with the talent in this league it’s an honor and privilege to be chosen,” Vogelbach said. “Fans here are awesome and Cheney Stadium is a fun place to play at. Home games are exciting, so it’ll be cool to see how crowded the stadium gets and it’ll be a fun environment.”
Vogelbach’s teammate and former World Champion Jean Machi will also be representing the Rainiers, the second time he’s been to an All-Star Game. The first came all the way back in 2005, when Machi was with Visalia of the California League.
The veteran reliever has served as the Rainiers closer this year, posting nine saves with a 2-3 record and a 2.42 ERA. Like with Vogelbach, Machi spent some time with the Mariners although just for a few days. Also similar to Vogelbach, Machi is excited for the honor and to play in front of fans that are familiar with him.
“It’s a big honor to be in the game,” Machi said. “I’m happy to be able to represent my coaches and my teammates too. It’s cool for my family to be able to play here, so my wife and my kids can come and see me play in the game.”
All-Star Week starts in Tacoma on Monday, July 10th with Media Day followed by the Home Run Derby on the 11th and then the game itself on the 12th. Vogelbach said he’s considering whether or not to be in the derby and will make a decision as the date inches closer.