COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (June 5, 2014) — The West Michigan Whitecaps are playing “small ball” with the 50th Midwest League All-Star Game at Fifth Third Ballpark.
In lieu of the game’s typical Home Run Derby, the Whitecaps have announced that the game will instead by preceded by the Pepsi “Lost Art of Bunting” contest.
A release from the Whitecaps explains the rules of the contest: “Three players will be selected from each division to participate in the contest. The six contestants will each have 10 opportunities to lay down bunts towards targets placed on either side of the infield. A bulls-eye will be rewarded with five points and $50, while a ball that stops rolling on one of the target’s four outer rings will result in a corresponding point total.”
Whitecaps outfielder Wynton Bernard, one of a league-high six All-Stars from West Michigan, will represent the host team in the competition.
The contest starts at 6:00 p.m. on June 17, followed by the All-Star Game at 7:00 p.m.