The participants in Sunday’s 35th annual Brooks Robinson All-Star Game, to be played at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, would not be born for another 15-16 years after Robinson, often referred to as the “greatest third-baseman ever,” was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

Robinson’s legend, however, has only grown in the three-plus decades since he was enshrined among baseball’s immortals. During a press conference in the Camden Yards Warehouse, Thursday, today’s rising stars were every bit in awe of meeting No. 5 as their fathers and grandfathers would have been before them.

Cameras clicked and Brooksie smiled for every shot as he presented each player on the North and South squads with their game jerseys and congratulated them on their selection.

“For a kid from Dundalk to make the team is a great honor. I was so thrilled to meet Brooks Robinson, the greatest third-baseman of all time,” said Dundalk’s Chuck Harmon. “It’s a great honor to make the team.”

Harmon added that he has a few thrills he is looking forward to on Sunday.

Chuck Harmon Brooks Robinson“Seeing my name on the scoreboard. I have been waiting for that day my entire life,” added Harmon. “I’m seeing the first pitch at 85 down the middle and me taking it over the fence.”

One player who understands the tradition is Calvert Hall pitcher Trevor Sprinkle, whose dad played in the Hearst All-Star Game, which was the precursor to the Brooks Robinson event.

“I am very honored to be selected. I think this is a very prestigious game to play in with fellow players I have played against,” said Sprinkle. “It’s going to be some great competition and I am just honored to be selected. I am very humbled.”

Sprinkle also discussed the rush he anticipates when stepping on the Oriole Park mound.

“It’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be a rush of adrenalin. I think I am prepared for it and, like I said, I am humble.”

While the game will be exciting for all of the players, it is a final hurrah for five members of the 3-time MIAA A Conference champion Archbishop Spalding squad. Bill Godrick, David Harding, Barrett Smith, Carter Sears and Tyler Blohm are all on the South roster, giving them one final opportunity to play with each other.

“The thing I am most looking forward to is lacing it up one last time with these guys – teammates, friends – I love these guys,” said Godrick, VSN’s Co-Player of the Year in 2016. “Lacing it up one last time is going to be special.”

Bloom, VSN’s 2016 Pitcher of the Year, echoed those sentiments.

Tyler Blohm Brooks Robinson“It’s going to be an awesome experience. Growing up around here and always going to Orioles’ games, I think it is awesome to actually get a chance to play on the field,” said Blohm. “And, playing with the guys I grew up playing with, since I was 8-years old, I think it makes it even more special. Playing alongside them and getting to do it one more time before we all go off to college.”

Blohm, who is committed to pitch for the University of Maryland, was also drafted last week by the Orioles in the 17th round of the Major League 1st Year Player Draft. Should he forgo college to sign a professional contract, this may be just his first appearance at Camden Yards.

“It’s an awesome opportunity. I am not sure what I am going to do yet,” added Blohm. “As of right now it’s split, but whatever decision I make I am going to work as hard as I can to get through it. I am excited and looking forward to the future.”

Blohm got some food for thought from none other than Robinson, as he encouraged all of the players assembled on Thursday to give strong consideration to pursuing their education, during his opening remarks.

“In 1955 I had a four-year scholarship to the University of Arkansas to play basketball. I don’t even know if they had baseball at that time,” said Robinson, who ultimately passed on the scholarship to pursue his baseball career. “Think about going to college. That’s really what I missed. I would have been a lot better off in so many ways had I had a college education. It worked out fine for me, but I think I would have been a lot better off with a college education.”

Regardless of what this class of Brooks Robinson All-Stars does next, they are now part of an elite fraternity that includes many current and former major leaguers. They will also walk away with lifelong memories, as they live out their most treasured childhood dreams by playing in a major league ballpark.

Sunday’s game will take place following the major league game between the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, which is scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. start.

THE 2016 BROOKS ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL ALL STAR GAME

ORIOLE PARK at CAMDEN YARDS-June 19, 2016

NORTH TEAM

PITCHER

Anthony Felitti

Gaithersburg

PITCHER

Jack Ropelewski

Quince Orchard

PITCHER

Trevor Sprinkle

Calvert Hall

PITCHER

Zach Stoll

Mt. St. Joe

PITCHER

Andrew Wanger

Brunswick

CATCHER

Brian Edell

Quince Orchard

INFIELD

Michael Livingston

Mountain Ridge

INFIELD

Nick Pantos

Gaithersburg

INFIELD

Joey Schwartz

Smithsburg

INFIELD

Dalton Stewart

Boonsboro

INFIELD

Mitchell Wilson

St. James

OUTFIELD

Ryan Brown

St. James

OUTFIELD

Elliott Ginns

Bethesda-CC

OUTFIELD

Charles Harmon

Dundalk

OUTFIELD

Brad Sawyer

Gaithersburg

ALTERNATES

NAME

HIGH SCHOOL

PITCHER

Nick Wong

Quince Orchard

INFIELD

Kyle Chieh

Quince Orchard

OUTFIELD

Zach DeCarlo

Gaithersburg

COACHES HIGH SCHOOL

Jeff Rabberman

Gaithersburg

Spike McElfish

Eastern Tech

Lou Eckerl

Calvert Hall

 

SOUTH TEAM

PITCHER

Jaret Bennett

Colonel Richardson

PITCHER

Tyler Blohm

Archbishop Spalding

PITCHER

David Hutchinson

Hammond

PITCHER

Scott Logue

La Plata

CATCHER

Carter Sears

Archbishop Spalding

CATCHER

Tyler Stockwell

La Plata

INFIELD

Taylor Cook

La Plata

INFIELD

David Harding

Archbishop Spalding

INFIELD

Michael Richardson

Cambridge/SD

INFIELD

Bryce Rogers-Black

Northern

INFIELD

Barrett Smith

Archbishop Spalding

OUTFIELD

Billy Godrick

Archbishop Spalding

OUTFIELD

DaVonne Griffin

Hammond

OUTFIELD

Bowen Plagge

Leonardtown

OUTFIELD

Matt Smith

Parkside

ALTERNATES

NAME

HIGH SCHOOL

PITCHER

David Larson

McDonough

CATCHER

Zach Adams

Stephen Decatur

INFIELD

Casey Crawford

Howard

OUTFIELD

Edward Harris

Huntingtown

COACHES

HIGH SCHOOL

Brian Culley

Mt. Hebron

Frank Hood

Arundel

Joe Palumbo

Archbishop Spalding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Brooks Robinson All-Stars NORTH TEAM

POSITION

NAME

HIGH SCHOOL

PITCHER

Zayne Blickenstaff

Boonsboro

PITCHER

Nick Delp

Calvert Hall

PITCHER

Chris Girken

Loyola Blakefield

PITCHER

Colin Kirchner

Middletown

CATCHER

Trey Martinez

Gaithersburg

CATCHER

Luke Johnson

North Harford

INFIELD

Brooks Carr

Northern Garrett

INFIELD

Taylor Itnyre

Brunswick

INFIELD

Justin Mack

Eastern Tech

INFIELD

Chandler Redmond

Georgetown Prep

INFIELD

Jake Sousa

Dulaney

OUTFIELD

Andre Brown

Mt St Joseph

OUTFIELD

Clark Clatchey

Mt St Joseph

OUTFIELD

Brooks Ryan

Winters Mill

OUTFIELD

Justin Smith

Smithsburg

ALTERNATES

NAME

HIGH SCHOOL

PITCHER

Chris Krawczyk

Bethesda-CC

CATCHER

Colby Byers

Williamsport

INFIELD

CJ Mackinson

Century

INFIELD

Nick Stegman

Oakdale

OUTFIELD

Riley Lazich

Clear Spring

COACHES

HIGH SCHOOL

Trey Cobb

Smithsburg

Rod Cameron

MSJ/Team Maryland

Terry Terrill

Riverdale Baptist