The Legends' Dominique Taylor came off the bench in the South Atlantic League All-Star game, and as a result, he has a comfortable new place to sit -- after the baseball season is over.
Taylor was named Most Valuable Player in the All-Star game Tuesday night in Hickory, North Carolina, earning not only the official league award, but also a new recliner donated by Vanguard Furniture as a prize for the MVP.
Taylor entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as a replacement for David Dahl of Asheville in center field. Taylor doubled in the seventh inning and hit a two-run single in the 10th, putting the Southern Division team ahead 4-2. One of the runners who scored on Taylor's hit was the other Legends All-Star representative, catcher-first baseman Frank Schwindel. Schwindel had reached first on a force play and then stole second base.
"All I wanted to do was get in the game and get a quality at bat," Taylor said today (Thursday). "But I got three at-bats, two knocks, the MVP -- and the chair."
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The Northern Division rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the 10th. League rules prohibit the All-Star game from going longer than 10 innings, and the game ended in a 4-4 tie.
Taylor and Schwindel rejoin the Legends tonight as they open the second half of the South Atlantic League season. The Legends will play the first of a four-game series tonight against the Delmarva Shorebirds in Salisbury, Maryland. The Shorebirds are an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 5:05 p.m. Sunday.