ANAHEIM CA - JULY 11: U.S. Futures All-Star Hank Conger #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (L) celebrates with teammates U.S. Futures All-Star Eric Hosmer #30 of the Kansas City Royals (C) and U.S. Futures All-Star Mike Trout #20 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (R) after hitting a home run during the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 11 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Perhaps it underscores how bad a season the Angels had when a minor league game ranks in the season ending Top Ten. The fact that the game was hosted at Angels Stadium was secondary to the fact that three Angels minor leaguers played critical roles in the game, allowing the hometown faithful a chance to see them in action at what is hopefully their future stomping ground for years to come. Hank Conger was named the MVP of the game, Mike Trout had a big day and showed up in the box score too.
As recounted at Halos Heaven in our July 11 recap of the Angel Stadium Futures Game
Angels prospects Hank Conger and Mike Trout were human highlight reels in the MB Futures Game at Angels Stadium of Anaheim this afternoon. Conger was 1 for 3 with a 3-run HR in the 5th inning to put the then 2-1 contest between the USA stars and the World stars out of reach. Trout was 2 for 4 with a Double and a SB.
Playing on the losing side for the "World" Team in the game, "Lucho" Jimenez was 1 for 2.
Every season, the Futures Game is part of the All Star Week festivities at the chosen stadium. It takes place on the Sunday before the All Star Game. The Homerun Derby takes place on the Monday before the game and for the past few decades, the All Star Game is almost always on the second Tuesday in July.