First PBL All-Star Game Goes to Milwaukee

Today, Commissioner Jeremiah Mills announced that the Patriot League’s inaugural All-Star Game will take place at High Life Field, home of the Milwaukee Bear Claws.

High Life FieldThe park offers an attractive venue for the game, one deeply steeped in the city’s history.  High Life Field was built as part of the redevelopment of the abandoned Pabst Brewery complex in downtown Milwaukee.  The park, which was designed as a tribute to Milwaukee’s beer heritage, fits in perfectly with its surroundings.  The exterior of the park was designed to resemble the faux-castle style of the old Pabst corporate office building.  The left-field wall backs up to the façade of the main factory building, which is decorated with a clock and a Pabst Blue Ribbon logo.  Fireworks shoot out of the top of the old smokestack every time the Bear Claws win.

Upon entering through the main gate, fans pass through the King’s Courtyard, in the middle of which is a statue of King Gambrinus, the unofficial patron saint of beer.  Surrounding the courtyard are multiple beer gardens, which are positioned to allow fans to watch the game while enjoying a cold one.

Although the Bear Claws have the league’s best record, Mills said the decision was not made on that basis.  Rather, he said that he intends to rotate hosting honors among the league’s charter cities.

“The Bear Claws are honored to host the inaugural Patriot League All-Star Game and look forward to welcoming you all to Milwaukee,” said Bear Claws owner Jennifer Petitt. “Join us in raising a cold Miller High Life in celebration of this great event. The Champagne of Beers is never better than when served ice cold on a prematurely hot day like today.”

The selection of High Life Field met with widespread acclaim around the league.  “Down in Jackson, we are all about the High Life,” said Jackson Hammerheads owner Steven Butler.

Snuff Wallace
Snuff Wallace

One dissident, though, was Knoxville Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  Unsurprisingly, he believes that Commissioner Mills, who also owns the Smokies, should have selected Knoxville’s Rocky Top Park for the honor.

“I mean, what the hell good is it to be the man in charge if you don’t pull strings for your own guys?” said Wallace.

In the end, though, Wallace isn’t too upset about the decision.  “Everyone will get a real good look at our park when we’re claiming the championship trophy,” said the Knoxville skipper.  Besides, he adds, “I like beer.”

PBL Transactions, 6/8/15 – 6/14/15

The following transactions occurred in the Patriot League over the last week:

California Sharks


California Sharks: Called up 1B Jamal Gerke and RP Herman Moret.  Demoted 1B John Lassen and RP Milan Constant.


Jacksonville Dragons

Jacksonville Dragons: Activated SP Kyle Palmer from the 15-day disabled list.  Called up RP Jamel Janke.  Demoted RPs Elias Rosado and Michael Youngblood.



Knoxville Smokies

Knoxville Smokies: Called up RP Jose Mariata.  Demoted RP Sheldon Follis.








PBL Standings – 6/14/2015

West W L Pct. GB L10 Strk RS RA
Milwaukee Bear Claws Milwaukee Bear Claws 46 19 .708 7-3 L1 381 278
California Sharks California Sharks 37 24 .607 7 6-4 L3 373 311
Silver City Outlaws Silver City Outlaws 38 25 .603 7 7-3 W1 327 244
Salt Lake Samurai Salt Lake Samurai 15 52 .224 32 4-6 W1 231 411
East W L Pct. GB L10 Strk RS RA
Knoxville Smokies Knoxville Smokies 38 25 .603 8-2 W4 340 248
Jackson Hammerheads
Jackson Hammerheads 36 29 .554 3 1-9 L1 400 344
Jacksonville Dragons Jacksonville Dragons 25 35 .417 11 1/2 4-6 L1 303 371
Orlando Calrissians Orlando Calrissians 18 44 .290 19 1/2 2-8 W1 272 420