SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A special announcement was made in Springfield Tuesday morning at the walker grandstand baseball field in Forest Park.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 30th, that’s when the Starfires Summer Classic presented by MGM Springfield will be bringing baseball back to Springfield. The Starfires will take on the Pittsfield Suns at 4 p.m. but family-friendly events will precede the game. Starting at 1:30 p.m., players will be signing autographs, the Frank Manzi band will perform, and there will be other activities and food available for spectators.

Chris Thompson, owner of the Starfires explained what it means to host this collaborative event. “From the very beginning, our mission was to be connected to the community. And this is just another example of us partnering with the City of Springfield and bringing baseball back to Forest Park.”

The Westfield Starfires team was created back in 2018 and has had a few of its players go on to play in the MLB. Both admission to the event and parking will be completely free to the public.

Mayor Sarno states, “Director Patrick Sullivan and I are looking forward to joining with Chris Thompson, owner of the Westfield Starfires, and his team for a special announcement at our Walker Grandstand baseball field in Forest Park.  The Starfires are an excellent collegiate baseball team that has broken and set records in their Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) which they play in, including fielding 8 All-Stars during last season’s campaign, and producing their first-ever League MVP in 2021.” 

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