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Kansas Stars load up for The 83rd NBC World Series Powered by Westar Energy

WICHITA,KS–The Kansas Stars have a championship trophy on their minds with the roster announced by Nate Robertson and Adam LaRoche, gearing up for The 83rd NBC World Series powered by Westar Energy.

The core roster includes some of the same Kansans from a year ago, the Stars have also added to the stable with a lengthy list of accomplished pitchers. Returning from 2016 are Stars from Kansas like Robertson, LaRoche, and Wichita State alum Koyie Hill. Hurlers Tim Hudson, Jeremy Guthrie, and Heath Bell are back as well.

Joining the group is former Atlanta Braves third-basemen Chipper Jones, who becomes eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this winter.

Coming in to bolster the pitching staff is Roy Halladay, a two time Cy Young Award winner, 8 time All-Star and World Series Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Four-time All-Star Kenny Rogers will also join the pitching staff along with 3-time World Series Champion Jake Peavy.

The Stars begin play on July 29th, with games on July 31st and August 2nd as well. Advancing out of their pool would put them in a Quarterfinal matchup on August 4th. Winning the rest of the way would give them a semi-final game on August 5th, and the championship game is Sunday, August 6th.

For a complete Stars roster with links to the players careers visit the team page.


Westar Energy powers 83rd NBC World Series

WICHITA, Kan. – The 83rd National Baseball Congress World Series will be powered by Westar Energy, thanks to a contribution from Westar in support of the National Baseball Congress. The NBC World Series, which draws teams from all over the United States, is a perennial tradition in Wichita.


“If you’ve spent any time at all in or around Wichita, you know how much we value the NBC World Series in this community,” said Jeff Beasley, Westar Energy’s vice president of customer care.  “We’re excited to support this year’s Series and to help build Wichita’s reputation as a premier baseball city.”


The agreement brings together two longstanding pillars in the community of Wichita. Westar Energy, which provides safe, clean, reliable power to 700,000 customers, was founded in 1909 and invests monetary and volunteer support in the communities it serves.


The National Baseball Congress was founded in 1931 and play began with the National Baseball Congress State Tournament that same year. The roots of the current format go back to the first World Series being played four years later in 1935. Together, the two organizations have been community leaders combined for nearly 200 years.


“It’s a great partnership for both parties,” says NBC General Manager/Tournament Director Kevin Jenks. “We were looking for an organization that believes and supports the mission and values of our organization and the World Series. Westar was looking for a longstanding tradition that they could support and our priorities align. It’s a perfect marriage.”


“Westar has been an NBC World Series sponsor for many seasons and this year we wanted to step up to the plate to really drive home the importance of the Series as one of Wichita’s signature events,” said Don Sherman, Westar Energy’s vice president of community relations and strategic partnerships.


The 83rd NBC World Series powered by Westar Energy will be played July 22–August 6, with all games being played at Historical Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. To order individual game tickets go to or call 316-977-9400.


About NBC: The NBC World Series is the largest and the oldest continuous sporting event in the United States. This non-profit 501c(3) foundation operates under the supervision of a 16-member volunteer board of directors. To learn more visit


About Westar Energy: As Kansas’ largest electric company, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) provides customers the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. Half the electricity supplied to Westar’s 700,000 customers comes from emission-free sources – nuclear, wind and solar – with a third coming from renewables. Westar’s employees live, volunteer and work in the communities the company serves. For more information, visit us at

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