MACON, Ga. – The Macon Bacon, Macon-Bibb County and USA Baseball announced today that the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will play Japan’s Collegiate All-Star Team at the re-born Luther Williams Field on Sunday, July 8 at 5 p.m., as part of the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series.
The teams are composed of the best non-draft eligible collegiate American and Japanese players. Notable USA Baseball Collegiate National Team alumni include Major League Baseball superstars such as Jake Arrieta, World Series winner Kris Bryant, Dustin Pedroia, Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, Mark Teixeira, Troy Tulowitzki and former MLB MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.
“I’m delighted USA Baseball is as excited as we are about baseball coming back to Macon and want to bring their top team here to play,” said Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert. “The community’s investment in the revitalization of Historic Luther Williams Field is already proving to be a great success, and we’re looking forward to hosting even more major events there.”
The two teams will also be playing in Savannah, Georgia, on Friday, July 6, as part of the five-game series between the two teams at various ballparks in the Southeast.
Given USA Baseball’s strong relationship with the Coastal Plain League, as well as the southern region both teams are going to be playing in this summer; USA Baseball and the CPL quickly identified Macon and Savannah as potential hosts for these games.
“We are very excited to be hosting these two games in Macon and Savannah,” said CPL commissioner Justin Sellers. “Both communities are tremendously supportive of Coastal Plain League baseball, and we know these must-see events will generate a lot of buzz among the fan bases. Come July 6 and 8, both stadiums will be rocking when USA and Japan meet; and we can’t wait to create yet another memorable experience for the players, coaches, and the amazing crowds that will be in attendance.”
“USA Baseball is honored to be heading to Macon for the finale of the USA versus Japan Collegiate All-Star Series,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director and CEO. “Fan support is paramount to our success as we host these key international friendship series, and we cannot wait to see a large, supportive crowd in the stands as we close out the latest edition of this historic series.”
Macon Bacon team president Todd Pund said Macon Bacon 5, 10 and full season ticket holders will get the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the game. All tickets for Bacon package holders will be $15 and $18, the same as regular season Macon Bacon games and include all-you-can-eat just like the team’s regular ticket packages. Members will be notified in the next two weeks of their options to purchase tickets. Pund also said groups of ten or more fans can purchase All-You-Can-Eat tickets for the game at the same $15 and $18 prices. Group tickets are on-sale now.
“Having USA Baseball bring their top amateur team to Macon is a tremendous coup for the community,” said Pund. “We want to show USA Baseball that Macon is a big event town so they will return every year. As part of our relationship with our Bacon season ticket members, they will receive the first chance to buy the best seats for the game.”
Tickets to the general public will go on sale at a later date but anyone wishing to get on the Team USA ticket wait list can go to www.maconbaconbaseball.com/tickets/usa-versus-japan-ticket-waitlist and sign up.”