It has been a long 35 years since the Los Angeles Dodgers have hosted the MLB All-Star Game, as every other team has hosted it at least once.
While the Dodgers would surely love to host the game, the Washington Nationals were recently awarded the 2018 All Star game, meaning the earliest the game would played at Dodger Stadium is in 2019. While the Dodgers were not awarded the Midsummer Game, commissioner Rob Manfred seems to want to change the their 35-year All-Star Game drought.
According to J.P. Hoornstra of Los Angeles Daily News, Manfred said the lack of an All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium is something he’s mindful:
The Dodgers, and Stan in particular, have made clear their interest in having an All-Star game,” commissioner Rob Manfred told this publication. “We’re now committed out through ’18. We’re going to start looking at ’19, ’20 and ’21 in the next few months. I understand that it’s been a very long time since we’ve been in L.A., and that’s an important factor in their favor.”
Although the Dodgers may have a strong argument to host the game, Manfred remains neutral on this issue:
We’ve been pretty clear that we’re going to pick the best, most qualified bidder, the best bid, National or American League,” Manfred said.
Manfred recently discussed the idea of adopting the Super Bowl bidding process for the All-Star game, which presumably would good news for the deep-pocketed Dodgers.
During the last few days of his employment, former commissioner Bud Selig also chimed in on the matter, stating the Dodgers are deserved of an opportunity to host the game.
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