BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - When looking to design a logo that best represented the essence of an all-star game taking place on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Biloxi Shuckers knew exactly who to turn to to get the job done.
During a ceremony at the Biloxi Visitors Center on Wednesday, the Shuckers revealed the logo for the 2019 Southern League All-Star Game, designed entirely in-house by the Shuckers organization.
“It’s something that people all over Minor League Baseball and all over the country are gonna see when they tune in," Shuckers broadcaster Garrett Greene said. “We wanted to make sure that there were areas that were highlighted, things that showed out about Biloxi to where we said this is us, this is our identity, we’re a part of this community, we’re proud to be part of this community, and we’re proud that we’re having an event here to not just highlight the great players in the Southern League, but also highlight this entire area.”
The logo highlights a pair of local landmarks, including the Biloxi Bay Bridge and the city’s iconic lighthouse.
“We wanted three things in this design," Shuckers general manager Hunter Reed said. “First, we wanted it to be a timeless logo. Next, we wanted it to symbolize the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Finally, we wanted fans to know in once glance that the All-Star Game is happening in Biloxi and the Gulf Coast.”
Reed said they used the Shuckers' color scheme of gulf blue, coral and sand to accent the logo and give it a “Coastal flair.”
The event will mark the first time the Mississippi Gulf Coast has ever hosted a pro baseball all-star contest.
During their run to the Southern League Championship series, the Shuckers placed ten players on the 2018 Southern League All-Star roster, with eight actually participating in the game. Franchise officials would love nothing more than a similar output in their home stadium.
“Hopefully we can duplicate that,” Greene said. “We have some guys coming back who are gonna be really impressive and could put it there, and it’d be great to have them be able to show off in front of the home fans.”
The 2019 Southern League All-Star Game takes place at MGM Park on Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18. All-Star Game merchandise is now on sale at MGM Park, with more options to come as the game gets closer.