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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 8:30 pm

MWL All-Star notebook

Parkview Field voted "Best of the Ballparks"

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

LANSING, Mich. – Parkview Field was voted "Best of the Ballparks" in low-A Tuesday after fan voting at BallparkDigest.com.

The Fort Wayne stadium faced off against Four Winds Field, the home stadium of fellow Midwest League team the South Bend Cubs, in the finals. Parkview Field earned 62 percent of the vote.

"WE did it," the TinCaps' Twitter account posted. "And by WE, we mean everyone who took time to vote and help spread the word for us. ... We truly appreciate your support. This is for everyone in the @CityofFortWayne and our region to be proud of."

Parkview Field also won the competition in 2016, while Four Winds Field won in 2017. The competition began in 2015 and the TinCaps' home stadium is the first to win twice. The contest included all the stadiums from the Midwest League and the South Atlantic League, encompassing 30 ballparks in all. 

Margevicius family

TinCaps All-Star pitcher Nick Margevicius had a contingent of family in attendance for the game. Margevicius is from North Royalton, Ohio, which is about a 3.5-hour drive from Lansing, Mich. The starter's parents, as well as his fianceé

and her family, all traveled to Cooley Law School Stadium for the game.

The left-hander's father, Mark Margevicius, said the family was excited to see his son named an All-Star.

"It's a huge honor for him," the elder Margevicius said. "It's no surprise to us because he works really hard at what he does. ... This is just a validation of the things that (his family) has known about him for a very long time. We couldn't be prouder, it's just a great thing that he's here and we're just so excited to be here in Lansing."

The younger Margevicius plans to get married at the end of next year. His mother and fianceé both wore jersey-like shirts with the date of the wedding and "Margevicius" inscribed on the back.

Home Run Derby

Second baseman Ronaldo Hernandez of the Bowling Green Hot Rods won the Home Run Derby, which took place before the All-Star Game. Hernandez, who has 10 homers and 50 RBI this season, belted 14 long balls in the first round and followed it up with 13 more in the finals.

Each player was given three minutes per round to take as many swings as they could, while also being allowed one timeout. Of the players that didn't win, perhaps the most impressive was Dayton catcher Hendrik Clementina. The 20-year-old has a .582 slugging percentage this season with nine homers and showed why in the Derby. 

Clementina hit 12 homers in the first round, missing out on the finals by two, but nearly all of his home runs were well over the fence. A couple of them cleared not only the 23-foot-high wall in left-field, but the apartments on the other side of the concourse on top of the fence.

dsinn@jg.net