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MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game 2014: Full List of Participants

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 12: Designated hitter Jim Thome #25 of the Minnesota Twins warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 12, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2014

Most fans will be looking forward to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, but on Sunday, July 13, another exciting tradition will be rekindled during the MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.

Some of the biggest names in baseball history will join forces with some of the top personalities from other sports and from the world of entertainment in a celebrity softball game. With the event taking place in Minnesota, there is a local feel to the stars participating.

Here is the full list of participants and the star to watch on Sunday.

 

2014 MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game Roster
PlayersClaim to Fame
Andy CohenTV Host
Andre DawsonMLB Legend
James DentonActor
Chris DistefanoTV Host
Jennie FinchSoftball Legend
Rollie FingersMLB Legend
Dwight GoodenMLB Legend
Rickey HendersonMLB Legend
Melanie IglesiasTV Host
Fat JoeRapper
Fred LynnMLB Legend
Charlie McDermottActor
Maya MooreWNBA Player
Jack MorrisTwins Broadcaster
NellyRapper
Dylan O’BrienActor
Zach PariseNHL Player
Adrian PetersonNFL Player
Mike PiazzaMLB Legend
Rob RiggleActor
Ozzie SmithMLB Legend
John SmoltzMLB Legend
SwayRapper
Jim ThomeMLB Legend
Andrew ZimmernTV Host
Source: MLB.com

 

Star to Watch: Jim Thome

There are few baseball players to ever grace the major leagues who made an impact on more lives than former first baseman and designated hitter Jim Thome.

As a former member of the Minnesota Twins, Thome was a perfect fit for this celebrity softball game.

Thome only spent a year and a half with Minnesota, but like every team he played for, he became a fan favorite and an example of how to play baseball the right way. With country-born strength and a positive attitude, Thome was a great leader in any locker room.

KARE-TV Sports Director Eric Perkins talked about his excitement to see Thome in the softball game but pondered if he could be doing more during the festivities:

When asked about bringing back stars from the past, Twins President Dave St. Peter told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com about the franchise’s efforts with its alumni:

I think the history and the tradition is always something that's always been important to us. I think you try to accentuate that when you have opportunities such as Opening Day, the postseason or an All-Star Game. At the end of the day, it's a celebration of baseball, but also about the history of the players in that town, and you can't do that without the Olivas, or the Carews, or the Hrbeks or even the Radkes and Mientkiewiczs.

Thome has not played in the majors since 2012, but he put together an amazing career. He spent 22 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles and the Twins.

Over the course of his career, Thome belted 612 home runs, added another 1,699 RBI and made the All-Star team five times. The crowd will explode when Thome’s name is called Sunday, and it will be a feel-good moment for the franchise and the player.

Thome isn’t too far removed from his career, either, which will make him a very dangerous player in the softball game. While he is one of the most genuine people in the sport, he has a competitive side and will unleash it on the celebrity game.

It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Thome put one in the seats for old time's sake.

 

*Stats via MLB.com.

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