‘Play Ball Park’ to host All-Star events

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SAN DIEGO — With All-Star Game banners and logos sprouting up around San Diego this week, the first Major League Baseball-sanctioned event is scheduled Thursday with the opening of Play Ball Park in the East Village.

The venue will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday in front of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel, One Park Blvd. Monday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Among the scheduled free programs are skills instruction from USA Softball, games run by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and coaches training by the Positive Coaching Alliance.

The MLB All-Star FanFest is set to open Friday at the San Diego Convention Center, where more than 40 former players will offer instruction and take part in question-and-answer sessions.

The FanFest will also include artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, batting cages, and activities like home run derbies, fielding and base stealing.

Baseball’s All-Star Game is scheduled for Tuesday at Petco Park.