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All-Star program adds a twist

All-Star program adds a twist

Not everyone gets to make the trip to San Francisco for the All-Star Game, but at least now every fan will feel a part of the Midsummer magic thanks to customized team programs.

For the first time this year, the Official All-Star Game Programs will be customized with team-specific covers. Normally, the program cover highlights the hosting team but this year, additional covers will be designed to showcase a star from each of the 30 Major League clubs.

More than bringing a personal touch to the All-Star programs, the limited edition programs will make great collectors' items.

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The customized programs will be printed every year from here out, and are an easy way to chronicle a team's All-Star history, vice president of publishing Don Hintze said.

"It will be great to collect these programs. It's just a great way of honoring the individual teams and their star players," Hintze said. "We really wanted to bring the All-Star Game to each market, and it's a lot of fun to have your star player on the cover."

Each program will contain more than 250 pages of photos and original editorial content. Most notable will be a section on San Francisco baseball, a section highlighting the history of the Home Run Derby and a feature on the best baserunners in baseball, all written by the best.

Contributing writers include nationally syndicated columnist George Will, Kansas City Star columnist Joe Posnanski, senior MLB columnist Ken Rosenthal (FoxSports.com) and national baseball writers Jayson Stark and Jerry Crasnick, both from ESPN.com.

The customized programs will be printed in limited quantities and sold at Team Shops and Modell's Sporting Goods. If you want a specific team cover, but don't live by that particular Team Shop, the best bet is the MLB.com Shop.

"The 2007 Official All-Star Game Program Limited Player Edition books afford fans the opportunity to celebrate their favorite teams and those players who are participating in the Midsummer Classic," said Howard Smith, senior vice president, licensing, Major League Baseball. "The All-Star Game Program represents the aura of the event long after the final out is recorded, and these limited editions will evoke special memories about the teams and players involved."

2007 Official All-Star Program Limited Player Editions

Team Player, Cover

Arizona Diamondbacks, Orlando Hudson
Atlanta Braves, John Smoltz
Baltimore Orioles, Brian Roberts
Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz
Chicago Cubs, Alfonso Soriano
Chicago White Sox, Bobby Jenks
Cincinnati Reds, Ken Griffey Jr.
Cleveland Indians, Grady Sizemore
Colorado Rockies, Matt Holliday
Detroit Tigers, Magglio Ordonez
Florida Marlins, Miguel Cabrera
Houston Astros, Carlos Lee
Kansas City Royals, Gil Meche
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Vladimir Guerrero
Los Angeles Dodgers, Russell Martin
Milwaukee Brewers, Prince Fielder
Minnesota Twins, Torii Hunter
New York Mets, Jose Reyes
New York Yankees, Derek Jeter
Oakland Athletics, Danny Haren
Philadelphia Phillies, Chase Utley
Pittsburgh Pirates, Freddy Sanchez
San Diego Padres, Jake Peavy
San Francisco Giants, Barry Bonds
Seattle Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki
St. Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols
Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Carl Crawford
Texas Rangers, Michael Young
Toronto Blue Jays, Alex Rios
Washington Nationals, Dmitri Young

Becky Regan is an associate reporter at MLB.com

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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