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MLB announces All-Star celebrity softball game participants

Jun 23, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

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Every year during the All-Star break there’s a “Legends and Celebrities Softball Game” and MLB just announced the participants for this year’s event at Target Field in Minnesota.

The list of “legends” is an impressive one: Rickey Henderson, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Mike Piazza, Jack Morris, Fred Lynn, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, and Jim Thome.

And then there’s a solid group of local star athletes from other Minnesota teams: Adrian Peterson, Kevin Love, Maya Moore, and Zach Parise.

But then here’s the complete list of “celebrities” signed up for the game: Andy Cohen, James Denton, Chris Distefano, Jennie Finch, Melanie Iglesias, Fat Joe, Charlie McDermott, Nelly, Dylan O’Brien, Rob Riggle, Sway, and Andrew Zimmern.

Woof. Not listed: Jon Hamm. What a travesty.

  1. @Cereal_22 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Who ??

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      I’m glad you said that because I recognized a couple of those names but had no idea who the rest are.

  2. maddog11896 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Melanie Iglesias………….. you know now that I think about it, Minneapolis isn’t too far from Green Lake, Wisconsin >.>

  3. El Bravo - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Will Andrew Zimmern eat Fat Joe and put it up as the newest “Bizarre Foods” episode or the other way around?

  4. sleepyirv - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Jennie Finch played softball, Rob Riggle is a comedian, and the rest are… people, I guess?

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Fat Joe and Nelly are rappers who were popular 10 years ago, Sway was on MTV when they actually played music (although just barely) and Andrew Zimmern eats weird stuff in foreign countries on The Food Network. He’s actually somewhat amusing

      • sleepyirv - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        I missed Nelly’s name the first time reading, otherwise the rest missed me.

      • Bryz - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        Zimmern also lives in Minnesota, which is likely another reason he was chosen.

      • twinfan24 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Zimmern also eats weird food in America, and is working through the various states. Although, he is actually on the Travel Channel, not the Food Network. Though given that Travel Channel has a number of food related shows, it is easy to confuse them at times.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        The Travel Channel does have a lot of food related shows!

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:10 PM


  5. Caught Looking - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    That hat kind of looks like the protective cap Alex Torres wore.

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      That guy in the picture really looks like the guy who made my coffee Sunday morning at Starbucks. Is he a celebrity?

  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    My god am I officially old or none of those people actually celebrities? I’ve heard of Rob Riggle (The least funny comedian since Jimmy Fallon). And…..that’s it. Nelly did music like a decade ago I think. I’m ok with being completely out of touch with today’s music (Since it’s officially all total and complete crap.) But I consider myself pretty modern when it comes to the rest of the entertainment world.

    • chadjones27 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Nelly was surprising good at the last MLB all-star softball game he played. Maybe he should have taught 50-cent how to throw.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM


      ya gotta know about Jennie Finch…

      Awesome softball player… led USA women’s team in the Olympics to the Gold in 2004.

      She led her team to the College World Series championship in 2001

      Oh, and shes gorgeous too…

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        Yea, I had to look her up. Totally forgot about her. Hadn’t heard anything in a few years.

  7. scottolstad - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    I can’t see Kevin Love playing. He is not Minnesota’s favorite athlete right now. (Although he has hit a batting practice HR out of Target Field before…)

  8. jrbdmb - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    So they couldn’t get Jessica Biel? Al Franken? Prince? Lea Thompson? Jesse Ventura? (just from a quick scan of famous Minnesotans on wiki)

    Heck, even Garrison Keillor or Michele Bachmann would have made an improvement to this group.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      I think Jesse Ventura is in hiding from some imaginary government agency that he thinks is out to get him.

      Because….you know….why wouldn’t you try to silence Jesse Ventura?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Actually, they asked Bachmann to play right field, but she refused because the team insisted on also having a left fielder.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        They asked her husband, and he said yes, but they had to cut him because he kept trying to convince the pitcher and catcher that they were both outfielders.

      • infieldhit - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        She’s just a kook who probably gets too offended by baseball players slapping each other on the backside.

    • twinfan24 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Boo on the Bachman suggestion! She is a nut bag. Not sure how she keeps getting elected.

  9. newlydead - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    I believe Chris Distefano, Melanie Iglesias, Fat Joe, and Sway are the hosts of that show that MLB and MTV did together. It think it is called something like Fan Cave. It is always advertised on the MLB network.

    • newlydead - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Wait, the show is called Off The Bat from the Fan Cave

    • jsala02 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      I have seen those commercials, they make me never want to watch that show

      • infieldhit - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        The commercials for Chris Russo almost make me never wanna watch TV period.

  10. watermelon1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    For the record… Nelly was actually offered a job with a minor league team and probably could have been an MLB player.

    He chose the entertainment/music industry instead. And I think he’s done okay for himself and his family and friends.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Nelly is one of the few rappers/musicians that tries to put up the “athlete” image who is actually athletic. I don’t know if he is of professional ability, but compared to his peers, he is pretty good. He is a decent basketball player too.

  11. beefytrout - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Andy Cohen is representing the annoying cardinals celebrity fan category, so they don’t need Jon Hamm.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      You always need Jon Hamm.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        I they are going to give us someone from Mad Mad, I prefer Christina Hendricks, thank you very much. Then I want GIFs of everything she does

      • historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Why do we have to make it either/or? I’m down with both. And even a little Bob Benson in those shorty shorts.

  12. migoli - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Kevin love is going to get boo’d so damn hard, I’m shocked he would do this.

  13. jrbdmb - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Booed by whom? I really don’t think the vast majority of fans know or care about this game. Plus it’s played when there are still real MLB games going on.

    • dluxxx - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Booed by any MN fans who are at the game. He’s basically told the team to trade him because he wants to go somewhere that he can win a championship (i.e. doesn’t think it will happen in Minny). That normally doesn’t endear you to the local fanbase.

  14. karlton3 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Waddup, yo; this is an uninspiring lineup.

    – Sway

  15. infieldhit - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    The term “replacement-level celebrities” comes to mind…

  16. lbeezyse - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    If fans are there they will boo the hell out of Klove. He will get the Sutter/Nash treatment, not the KG return treatment.

  17. jsally430 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Where’s Sean William Scott?

  18. adventuresinfresno - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Bring back the old, traditional, old timers game. Ditch the celeb crap that brings nothing to it.

    I’d let Jennie Finch play because she could actually play and deserves to be in that lot…the rest? Gimme ballplayers.

    • jrbdmb - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Actually, why not let the old-timers play the U.S. women’s softball team? That would be fun to watch, and be curious to see if the ladies smoked the men like i think they would.

  19. pinerider22 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    I’m with you scout, either I’m getting too old or I have to get out more…….the only one I’ve even heard of is James Denton.

  20. onbucky96 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Hey Sway, as Chris Rock once said, “Take off that silly ass hat.”

  21. thomas844 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Jim Thome might hit a homer not just over the close, added fence, but the regular fence at Target Field, as well.

  22. doclolly - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    they’re really scraping the bottom of the “celebrity” barrel this year. Im surprised they didn’t shoehorn a bunch of eye candy girls who can barely hit the ball past the pitcher and defensive skills make chuck knoblauch look like a gold glover

  23. chiadam - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    No Coolio?

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