It was announced earlier this afternoon that the Dodgers will host the 2020 Major League Baseball All-Star game. It is the first All-Star game hosted by Los Angeles since 1980. The star-studded lineups of the National and American League for that game were headlined by four Los Angeles Dodgers. Bill Russell, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, and Reggie Smith all started that game, representing the Dodgers. Bob Welch and Jerry Reuss were reserve pitchers as well, totaling six Los Angeles representatives.
#Dodgers have been awarded the 2020 MLB All-Star Game. Official announcement will be made tomorrow
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 10, 2018
For Los Angeles, the choice to award their city with the game is long overdue. With the rich history of Los Angeles, it’s surprising how few games have been played at Chavez Ravine. There have only been two games played in Los Angeles since the Dodgers’ move out west and one was at the Coliseum in 1959. The Los Angeles Angels hosted in 2010 but…well, that was one in Anaheim.
It will be interesting to see what sort of stadium improvements or changes roll out over the next few years to prepare for the All-Star game. Teams have been known to heavily invest in their stadiums and surrounding areas in order to prepare for the Mid-Summer Classic.
The team recently added an upgraded stadium-wide Wifi network that has been made available to fans this year. The immediate feedback has been overwhelmingly positive in that regard. There is no doubt this is just one of many improvements to come leading up to 2020.
Dodger Stadium may be the third oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, but the history it carries far outweighs any technological shortcomings. The 2018 and 2019 All-Star games will be hosted by the Nationals and Indians respectively. Let’s hope the Dodgers can host the Classic as back-to-back World Series Champs.
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