Although the 2015 MLB All-Star Game is just over one week old, Major League Baseball has already turned its attention to the 2016 Midsummer Classic, which will be plated at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.
Over the weekend MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler officially unveiled the 2016 All-Star Game logo, via the MLB PR official Twitter account:
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) July 17, 2015
Although it marks the second of four consecutive years in which an NL team will host the All-Star Game, Manfred believes San Diego is an ideal setting:
We think San Diego is going to be a fantastic venue for the 2016 All-Star Game — a new ballpark in Petco Park,” said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. “Obviously, a wonderful metropolitan area that will be able to host the whole series of events that we are planning for 2016.”
The last time the Padres hosted an All-Star Game was back in 1992 when they played in Jack Murphy Stadium. The American League won 13-6, with Seattle Mariners’ center fielder Ken Griffy Jr. taking home the MVP award. The Padres also hosted the 1978 game when National League won 7-3, and Steve Garvey of the Los Angeles Dodgers was named MVP.
This season the Dodgers sent five players to the Midsummer Classic including Zack Greinke, who started for the NL. As for hosting an All-Star Game, the Dodgers last had the honor in 1980.