One of the premier events of the Atlantic League baseball season is coming to York in 2019.
The league's top players will return to PeoplesBank Park next July, when the York Revolution will play host to the Atlantic League All-Star Game.
The announcement was made Wednesday at the league board meeting ahead of the 2018 all-star game in Long Island.
It will be the second time that York's downtown ballpark will play host to the event, which annually attracts a packed house to the host stadium.
Revolution president Eric Menzer said in a news release that the team will take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on the entire York community.
“Working and playing in (downtown) York, we are fully aware of all the countless ways York has helped shape the development of our nation and the many gifts the people of this area have given to the world,” Menzer said in the news release. “This will be much more than just a baseball game.
"With the Atlantic League spotlight on us again next year, we fully intend to turn the occasion into a party and celebration of York and this incredible community that supports our team and — more important — our entire country.”
Menzer said planning has already begun for “Made in York” as the theme for next year’s all-star game. Revolution officials have begun reaching out to potential local partners to discuss sponsorship opportunities and the details of the celebration.
The date for next year’s all-star Game will be announced when the league’s schedule for the 2019 season is set. Menzer said the Revolution will unveil plans for the game throughout the upcoming offseason.
The Revolution last hosted the league's all-star game in 2011, when the team welcomed 8,053 people to downtown York to watch the Freedom Division defeat the Liberty Division, 7-0.
Liberty Division wins 2018 all-star contest: In Wednesday's all-star contest at Long Island, the Liberty Division defeated the Freedom Division 4-3 in walk-off fashion.
The game was played before a past-capacity crowd of 6,414 at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, New York, the home of the Long Island Ducks.
Somerset’s Alfredo Rodriguez's two-out RBI single to left gave the Liberty Division the walk-off win. Rodriguez finished the night with three hits, two RBIs and a walk. He was named the game's most valuable player.
York's Mark Mason managed the Freedom Division team. The Revs won the Atlantic League title for the third time in 2018.
York left-hander Robert Carson started for the Freedom Division and allowed one run in one inning of work. York's Grant Sides and Mitch Atkins each pitched one shutout inning of relief. None of the Revs' pitchers factored into the decision.
Offensively, York's Jared Mitchell went 1 for 1, while Welington Dotel went 0 for 3 with an RBI.
Information for this story was provided by the York Revolution and the Atlantic League.