BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech head baseball coach Patrick Mason has set the date for the 2015 "Baseball Night in Blacksburg," which will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The eighth annual event has also scheduled Charlie Manuel, former Major League Baseball manager and Southwest Virginian, as the honored guest.
Baseball Night in Blacksburg has featured a number of high-profile guests for its annual banquet, which began in 2008 with Baltimore Oriole legend Cal Ripken, Jr. The others include Jim Palmer, Mike Williams, Billy Wagner, Bobby Valentine, former Tech players Franklin Stubbs and Brad Clontz - the team's only World Series alums - and Tech's Hall of Fame coach Chuck Hartman.
Manuel certainly fits into this group, as the former Carroll and Rockbridge County native, played in the majors for six seasons and managed for another 12 seasons and won exactly 1,000 games. The Parry McCluer High School graduates' notable achievements include six division titles, two National League pennants and a World Series Championship as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. He also guided the Phillies to more wins than any other manager in franchise history and is currently the team's senior advisor to the general manager.
Ticketing information has been released. Tickets cost $75 per person ($35 for kids 13 and under) and can be purchased by calling the Virginia Tech baseball office at (540) 231-3671. For those interested in a more intimate experience, a private, open-bar reception with Manuel an hour prior to the public portion of the evening. Access to the private reception can be gained by purchasing a ticket for $200. A Home Run Package of eight tickets can be purchased for $1,500.
All proceeds of the banquet will go to Virginia Tech baseball and the Hokies’ efforts to improve various aspects of their program. Recent efforts included the building of an indoor baseball facility beyond the left-field foul pole at English Field, which is available for the team’s use year-round, and enhancements to English Field, which included the addition of artificial turf and expanded dugouts just prior to the start of the 2012 season.
The Eighth Annual “Baseball Night in Blacksburg”
Honored Guest: Former MLB manager Charlie Manuel
Date: Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
For tickets and/or more info: VT baseball office – (540) 231-3671
Tickets: Adult: $75; Youth: (13 and under): $35
Private reception: $200 per ticket; Group of eight tickets for $1,500
Make checks payable to: Virginia Tech Baseball
Mail to: Virginia Tech Baseball, 210 Cassell Coliseum (0502), Blacksburg, VA 24061
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