Padres first baseman Wil Myers has been named ambassador for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week events in San Diego. Myers joins a distinguished list of MLB stars who have previously served in this role on behalf of the host city, including Todd Frazier, Torii Hunter, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer and Justin Upton.
In this role, Myers will help generate awareness for events during All-Star Week, including the 87th MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at Petco Park (July 12th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 11th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 10th) and MLB All-Star FanFest at the San Diego Convention Center (July 8th-12th). Myers joins San Diego Padres legends Trevor Hoffman and Dave Winfield, who were named official spokespeople of the All-Star Week events in April.
Myers, 25, broke into MLB in 2013, when he won the American League Rookie of the Year award with the Tampa Bay Rays while leading AL rookies in RBI (53), doubles (23), extra-base hits (36), on-base percentage (.354) and slugging percentage (.478) in just 88 games. Now in his second season with the Padres, Myers has hit a career-high 15 home runs. He currently leads the team with 43 runs, and is second on the Padres in hits (74) and RBI (40). He is tied for the team lead in home runs with Matt Kemp.
“I first experienced MLB All-Star Week as a Futures player in 2011 and 2012, and I’m ready for more,” said Myers. “I’m looking forward to representing the Padres and Major League Baseball during an action-packed week of All-Star festivities here in San Diego.”