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Friday, July 08, 2016

Who will host future All-Star Games?

Here are the current MLB stadiums that have never hosted an All-Star Game:

Citizens Bank Ballpark, Philadelphia
SunTrust Park, Atlanta (opening next year)
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Yankee Stadium, New York (the new one, of course)

There are also five active stadiums that haven’t hosted the game in more than 20 years:

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (1980)
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland (1987)
Wrigley Field, Chicago (1990)
Rogers Centre, Toronto (1991)
Camden Yards, Baltimore (1993)

So, with apologies to the next-best candidates Texas and Cleveland—- which last hosted in 1995 and 1997, respectively—you probably start with those venues. Although no offense to the Coliseum and the Trop—both lovely places to see a game—but with those two stadiums in flux, maybe we should table them for now.

After four consecutive NL hosts, you’d have to think an American League team would be next. Theoretically, it would be Yankee Stadium, but New York just hosted the All-Star Game at Citi Field in 2013. (This is the problem with opening two new stadiums the same season, New York.) That surely pushes the Yanks down the list. There’s a new Rangers stadium supposedly coming in 2021, but other than that, there are no new American League stadiums planned. Thus, of all those AL stadiums mentioned above, the one that looks most likely to me is … Toronto. It will have been nearly 30 years since they last hosted, it’d be a way to celebrate Canada (and further gauge Canadian interest in potentially another team) and it would give everybody an excuse to make sure their passports are updated. Your next AL stadium is probably Toronto.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:27 PM | 44 comment(s)
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