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Braves, Yankees set rosters for legends game at The Joe, Dan Uggla headlines

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The Charleston RiverDogs have announced the Braves' and Yankees' rosters for the upcoming Legends in the South Alumni Game in advance of the Friday, May 31st event.

New to this year’s event, Braves and Yankees Legends will face off in a softball game format at The Joe.

Dan Uggla, a former three-time All-Star second baseman, headlines the new additions to the Atlanta alumni roster.

Uggla was one of the premier offensive second baseman in the game for a stretch, when he compiled five straight 30 homer seasons from 2007-11. The Louisville, Kentucky native finished his career with 235 homers over 10 Big League seasons, mostly with the Braves and Marlins.

Joining Uggla as a first-year participant for the Braves will be right-hander Kris Medlen, a 2012 MVP candidate and 15-game winner in 2013 for the Braves.

Longtime Braves catcher Eddie Perez will play in the game for the first time this year, too.

Uggla, Medlen and Perez join former Braves Ryan Klesko, Steve Avery, Charlie Liebrandt, Greg McMichael, and Jeff Treadway.

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The Yankees Legends will once again be led by Ron Blomberg, the first designated hitter in baseball history, pitcher Ramiro Mendoza, and infielder Homer Bush.

Former Yankee hurler John Montefusco, the 1975 NL Rookie of the Year with San Francisco, also makes a return to the annual event.

Carl Pavano, a right-hander who spent three of his 14 seasons in “The Show” with New York, makes his first appearance in the game.

Southpaw Dennis Rasmussen will set foot on The Joe’s field for the first time since 1997, when he served as the pitching coach for the RiverDogs.

Rasmussen racked up over 800 strikeouts over a 12-year MLB career that included four seasons with the Bronx Bombers.

Playing alongside the Yankees and Braves Legends will be Charleston-area products Drew Meyer and Chip Cannon.

Meyer was a second-round draft choice out of Bishop England High School in 1999 before passing on a chance to play for the Dodgers to attend the University of South Carolina.

While with the Gamecocks, Meyer became a USC Hall-of-Famer at second base and raised his draft stock even further, going in the first-round to Texas three years later.

Meyer made five appearances with the Rangers and collected three Big League hits in 2005.

Chip Cannon was a standout two-way player at The Citadel before going in the eighth round of the 2004 draft by the Blue Jays.

The California native reached as high as Triple-A in Toronto’s system before being inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

More participants to the game will be announced in advance of the event. Tickets are available now at rileyparkevents.com.

Gates open at 4:35 p.m. for live batting practice and autographs with the first pitch of the game scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

Tickets start at $10 and include admission to a post-game concert with Beam Country.

A portion of the night’s proceeds will benefit MUSC Children’s Health.

(Charleston resident Christian Senger is the man behind Holy City Sinner, a popular news, events and entertainment blog in the Lowcountry.)