There will be extra baseball played in Newport this year.

The 2020 New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) All- Star Game will be played at Historic Cardines Field, home of the Newport Gulls Baseball Club, on Sunday, July 19. 

This is the fourth time the Newport Gulls, NECBL’s most successful franchise, is hosting the event and first since 2016. Teams will represent the NECBL North and South Division during the All-Star Game played at night while a representative from each of the NECBL

Thirteen teams will display their power during an afternoon Home Run Derby.

“We are honored and excited to be hosting the premier event of the summer, the 2020 NECBL All Star game. It is always a special day for the NECBL, Newport Gulls, the City of Newport and our fans.” said Gulls President and General Manager Chuck Paiva in a press release provided to What’s Up Newp today. Paiva continued to say, “This year’s All-Star game is timely and will be special as we are celebrating our 20th Year Anniversary of the Newport Gulls in the City by the Sea.”

According to the press release, the All-Star Game gathers the league’s top performers together to play in front of scouts and representatives of every Major League Baseball team. A roster of 29 players are selected by Field Managers of each of the league’s 13 teams one week prior to the All-Star Game. NECBL fans will have the opportunity to have their voices heard as the final player for the North and South will be voted on by the fans via an online forum. 

In 2016, a sellout crowd of 3,116 fans and over 100 scouts flocked to Cardines Field for the event that ended in an 8-8 tie. Gulls GM Chuck Paiva stated, “This will be our 4th time hosting the All-Star Game and it is very special to see all of the future major league ball players and Major League Scouts at Cardines Field.” The organization expects another capacity crowd on-hand to join in the day of festivities.

Tickets will cost $5.00 and are available at the Newport Gulls Box Office on Game Nights throughout the 2020 season or by contacting the Gulls Front Office at 401-845-6832 or by email at operations@newportgulls.com

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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