Continuing an annual tradition spearheaded by some of the game's biggest stars, Wil Myers will serve as the ambassador for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week events, scheduled for July 8-12 in San Diego, MLB announced Friday.
Myers will help generate awareness for events during All-Star Week, including the 87th MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at Petco Park (July 12), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 11), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 10) and MLB All-Star FanFest at the San Diego Convention Center (July 8-12). Myers joins San Diego Padres legends Trevor Hoffman and Dave Winfield, who were named official spokespeople of the All-Star Week events in April.
"It's exciting," Myers said Friday. "It's an honor to be chosen for that. I'll be at a lot of the events and get to interact with the fans and be at the fan fest thing. So I'm excited about that. It's a cool opportunity for me and I'm very honored to be chosen for that."
Previously MLB stars that have served in this role on behalf of the host city include Todd Frazier, Torii Hunter, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer and Justin Upton.
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"I first experienced MLB All-Star Week as a Futures player in 2011 and 2012, and I'm ready for more," said Myers. "I'm looking forward to representing the Padres and Major League Baseball during an action-packed week of All-Star festivities here in San Diego."
Myers has built a strong All-Star candidacy in his second season in San Diego, though he's not currently one of the top five leading vote-getters at his position. The 25-year-old is hitting .286/.330/.521 during his first season at first base, pacing the Padres with 43 runs and placing second on the team in hits (74) and RBIs (40). Myers is tied for the Padres' lead in home runs (15) with Matt Kemp.
The 2013 American League Rookie of the Year with the Tampa Bay Rays, Myers was acquired by the Padres in a three-team trade that sent Steven Souza Jr. to the Rays and Joe Ross and Trea Turner to the Nationals in December 2014. Myers has expressed interest in participating in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, slated for July 11.
The 87th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.
Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.