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.
More information on the event, including tickets, will be released at a later date.
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