Hall of Famer Tony Perez and former Marlin Jeff Conine have been named official ambassadors for the upcoming MLB All-Star Game that will be held on July 11 at Marlins Park.
Both will be involved in numerous events generating awareness for the 88th annual event and make appearances at festivities locally throughout All-Star week.
Perez, a seven-time All-Star who was also the MVP of the 1967 All-Star Game with the Reds, has been involved with the Marlins throughout their 25 years of existence, once briefly managed the team and is in his 16th year as a special assistant to the president.
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Perez was the first Cuban-born member of the Hall of Fame and hit the decisive solo home run off Catfish Hunter in the 1967 All-Star Game, a memory he still cherishes to this day.
“I hope I can hit a grand slam this time [in this role],” Perez said.
“It’s going to be a tremendous day and tremendous week here in Miami.”
Conine, who has carried the nickname “Mr. Marlin” over the years, is in his ninth season working in the team’s front office in a similar role.
Conine, who was the MVP of the 1995 All-Star Game, enjoyed two stints as a player with the Marlins and was part of the team’s two World Series championship teams in 1997 and 2003.
▪ A special ticket price for MLB All-Star FanFest is available for $13 online at http://allstargame.com/mvpoffer.