As part of the celebration of All-Star Week in Phoenix, the cactus will take its place alongside recent luminaries such as the Statue of Liberty, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Mickey Mouse by being commemorated in baseball-themed statue form.

MLB has teamed up with licensee Forever Collectibles to design a series of MLB-themed cactus statues.  A total of 10 statues in four different designs measuring seven and a half feet tall and weighing more than 700 pounds will be stationed at key locations around the greater Phoenix area.

The statues will be uniquely decorated with bold graphics celebrating the 2011 All-Star Game, the D-backs and each of the 30 MLB clubs and the American and National Leagues.  In addition, one of the statues will commemorate significant milestones in D-backs history.  The statues will be placed throughout the greater Phoenix area in late-May and displayed until after the 2011 All-Star Game.  Specific locations and further details will be announced at a later date.

Collectible versions measuring 7.5 inches tall will be available at local retailers and through later this spring.  Additionally, limited edition pins will be sold at MLB All-Star FanFest.

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Contact: Jeff Heckelman, Major League Baseball, (212)-931-7824