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Cashman to participate in Charleston all-star festivities

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The Yankees Low-A team in Charleston is hosting the South Atlantic League All-Star Game this season, and the club announced that Brian Cashman will be the keynote speaker for the annual Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony that will be part of the all-star festivities. With all the young talent on that RiverDogs roster — including Mason Williams — this is a good year for the all-star game to be in Charleston. Here are the details from Charleston…

[2]CHARLESTON, SC – New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has agreed to serve as the keynote speaker when the South Atlantic League hosts its annual Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony as part of the All-Star Game festivities that is coming to Charleston next month and hosted by the RiverDogs.

The awards and induction ceremony is planned for June 19, prior to the SAL’s 53rd Annual All-Star Game, which will be played later in the day at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. The luncheon is set for 11:45 a.m. at the Marriott on Lockwood Blvd., is open to the public. Tickets are $35 each and may be secured by contacting the RiverDogs Box Office at 843/577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com.

Joining Cashman on the stage will be members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 that includes longtime Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, Jr. and RiverDogs co-owner Bill Murray. Also being enshrined is former Asheville Tourists front office executive Carolyn McKee. The 2012 SAL players will also be in attendance.

“It will be an honor for me to serve as the keynote speaker for the South Atlantic League’s All Star & Hall of Fame Luncheon in the beautiful and historic city of Charleston,” said Cashman. “The rich history of the SAL will be on full display as the talents and contributions of the young All Stars and those who will be enshrined in their Hall of Fame are recognized.

“It will be great to be with the fans in Charleston, who continue to support our Single-A affiliate RiverDogs,” he added. “The Yankees organization is very proud of our relationship with the RiverDogs, a group that is known as much for entertaining their fans as they are for developing players.”

For the All-Star Game itself, gates open at 4 p.m. at Riley Park for the beginning of the All-Star festivities, which includes a home run derby. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Associated Press photo of Williams