"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Mike Cervenak has enjoyed one of the top offensive seasons in the IL and currently ranks 2nd in the league in hits (99) and T-7th in average (.304). The 31-year-old will be making his second Triple-A All-Star appearance, having played in the 2005 contest while with Fresno. Earlier this season, he amassed an 18-game hitting streak, the longest by any player in the IL this year. Last year, he led the IL in hits (157), at-bats (554) and games (140) while playing with Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides.
Cervenak was the captain of the 1999 Wolverine baseball team coached by Geoff Zahn. He has played 10 seasons of minor league baseball, starting in independent ball and working thru 4 organizations (Yankees, Giants, Orioles, and Phillies). He is still working towards his first big league at bat.