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Sam Kennedy hints Red Sox could host MLB All-Star Game within 5 years

It’s been 20 years since the MLB All-Star Game came to Fenway Park. According to Sam Kennedy, that drought may not reach 25.

The Red Sox president and CEO said Saturday he hopes the Midsummer Classic will come back to Boston within the next half-decade.

“I would hope that Fenway would have the opportunity to host an All-Star game in the next 3-5 years,” Kennedy wrote in an email to MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo.

Given how many teams there are, how often should it go to Boston?

QLE Posted: March 24, 2019 at 07:05 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: all star game, fenway park, red sox, sam kennedy

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   1. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: March 24, 2019 at 02:21 PM (#5824947)
Once every thirty years would seem appropriate. I think MLB missed a trick not having the Sox host in 2012 and Cubs in 2014 for the respective 100th anniversaries. That is something that we almost certainly will never see again for a major sports arena in any sport in the US.
   2. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 24, 2019 at 02:42 PM (#5824952)
Yeah, once every 30 years on average seems right. The last at Fenway will have been 20 years ago come this summer, so I don't think one in the next 5ish years would be either too early or too late.
   3. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 24, 2019 at 07:43 PM (#5824985)
Yeah, that's nice. Who cares.
Where is the darn Chris Sales extension thread and what does everyone think about it?
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 25, 2019 at 08:00 AM (#5825032)
Given how many teams there are, how often should it go to Boston?

Once every 30 years if no new stadiums get built in the meantime. With one exception due to wartime, that's how the rotation worked until expansion and stadium construction came along.
   5. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 25, 2019 at 09:48 AM (#5825042)
Just as long as the Rays never host an AS game in the Trop. That stadium should never be celebrated.
   6. Mudpout Posted: March 25, 2019 at 10:17 AM (#5825045)
Looks like Fenway's hosted three times over 89 games ('99, one of the games in '61, and '46). They actually had a game at Braves Field before Fenway, in '36.

It would be interesting to see which stadiums came and went without ever having a game.

   7. Nasty Nate Posted: March 25, 2019 at 10:28 AM (#5825047)
The Marlins prior home never had one. But I'm not sure that counts, because it didn't come and go as a baseball venue.
   8. Karl from NY Posted: March 25, 2019 at 02:44 PM (#5825160)
I think MLB missed a trick not having the Sox host in 2012 and Cubs in 2014 for the respective 100th anniversaries.

MLB has no interest in pointing out that a stadium can last 100 years without being replaced by taxpayer money.
   9. villageidiom Posted: March 25, 2019 at 05:04 PM (#5825207)
It would be interesting to see which stadiums came and went without ever having a game.

Skipping the stadia that came and went before the All-Star Game existed (e.g. Hilltop Park), and the ones that weren't the primary home field for a team in a season (e.g. Hiram Bithorn), these are the ones that never hosted a game:

Arlington Stadium
Colt Stadium
Jarry Park
League Park (Cleveland)
Wrigley Field (Los Angeles)
Mile High Stadium
Seals Stadium
Sicks Stadium
Sun Life Stadium

Those that are still in use but have not hosted:

Citizens Bank Park
Suntrust Park
Tropicana Field
Yankee Stadium 3

Stadia that have hosted at least 3 times:

Municipal Stadium (1935, 1954, 1963, 1981)
Angel Stadium (1967, 1989, 2010)
Comiskey Park (1933, 1950, 1983)
Fenway Park (1946, 1961, 1999)
Sportsmans Park (1940, 1948, 1957)
Tiger Stadium (1941, 1951, 1971)
Wrigley Field (1947, 1962, 1990)

Progressive Field hosts this year, and Dodger Stadium hosts next year, both only for the second time.
   10. Mudpout Posted: March 26, 2019 at 11:40 AM (#5825397)
Ah, perfect, thanks. I feel like Tropicana will never host an All-Star Game, though the other three still in use seem like good bets at some point. Mildly surprised Arlington Stadium never did, given it was in use for over two decades, and to a lesser extent Sun Life as well, but I guess no real shockers in terms of stadiums that came and went.
   11. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 26, 2019 at 12:38 PM (#5825425)
I feel like Tropicana will never host an All-Star Game, though the other three still in use seem like good bets at some point.


I would be pretty amazed if those three never hosted, I am surprised Citizens Bank hasn't, too many new stadiums I guess.
   12. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 26, 2019 at 12:57 PM (#5825434)
I am surprised Citizens Bank hasn't, too many new stadiums I guess.


Philly last hosted in 1996, in Veterans Stadium. Cleveland last hosted in 1997, in the Jake, and will get the game again this year. Seems like it would have been more fair to give it to CBP, but for the fact that the NL has hosed the last 4 and is getting another one next year. Next year the Dodgers get their long overdue game, and then it's the Cubs who will have the longest drought I think. They last hosted in 1990, and since then, several teams have hosted twice. I understand how the new stadium thing factors in, but that doesn't apply to Boston. There's no good reason why they should get another one before the Cubs.
   13. Mudpout Posted: March 27, 2019 at 04:41 PM (#5825861)
Well it's debatable how good a reason it is, one counterpoint is that Chicago hosted the AS game at U.S. Cellular in '03. Obviously if the emphasis is only on the venue that doesn't matter, but if the focus is on the city as much as the stadium I can see that being a point considered by MLB.

I guess the question is, what's the point of hosting the ASG? If it's just to showcase a stadium, I think Fenway and Wrigley get more than enough attention, especially in recent years between playoffs and national broadcasts. Is it a partnership between the city and the team? I've never been to a game, so I can't say whether the live events are more for the hometown fans or cater just as much to out-of-towners, bringing tourist considerations into play. The Jays are right behind the Cubs, having last hosted in '91 when the SkyDome just opened, would the international travel aspect affect it going to them? How is the prep work split between MLB and the host team? Do all teams actually want to host a game in any given year?


   14. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 27, 2019 at 05:46 PM (#5825901)
Cities that have hosted games in 3 or more different stadia:

New York (Polo Grounds, Yankee Stadium I, Ebbets Field, Shea Stadium, Yankee Stadium II, Yankee Stadium III, Citi Field)

Washington (Griffith Stadium, DC Stadium (later renamed RFK), Nats Park

St. Louis (Sportsman's Park, Busch II, Busch III)

Cincinnati (Crosley Field, Riverfront Stadium, Great American Ballpark)

Chicago (Comiskey I, Wrigley Field, Comiskey II)

Pittsburgh (Forbes Field, Three Rivers, PNC)

Twin Cities (Metropolitan Stadium, The Metrodome, Target Field)

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Skipping the stadia that came and went before the All-Star Game existed (e.g. Hilltop Park), and the ones that weren't the primary home field for a team in a season (e.g. Hiram Bithorn), these are the ones that never hosted a game:

...

League Park (Cleveland)


League Park was indeed the primary park for the Indians in 1935, while the game was held in Municipal Stadium, which that year was used only for select Sunday games. Of course the fact that League Park's capacity was 22,000, while Municipal's was 74,000, might have had something to do with the decision.

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   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 27, 2019 at 05:59 PM (#5825904)
Isn't Fenway a bit OLD to host an All-Star Game?
   16. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: March 27, 2019 at 06:57 PM (#5825914)
Agist.

Truthfully the ballpark is in considerably better shape than it was in 1999. The renovations have made a huge difference.
   17. bobm Posted: March 27, 2019 at 08:02 PM (#5825926)
All of MLB: 89 Plate Appearances Allowed in 1933-2018 All-Star Games, As 1st Play of Game

57 Parks
4 CLE-ClevelandStd
4 NYY-Yankee Stad
3 BOS-Fenway Pk
3 CHC-Wrigley Fld 3
3 STL-Sportsman Pk 3
3 DET-Navin Field 3
3 CHW-ComiskeyPk 1
3 LAA-Angel Stad
2 NYG-Polo Grounds
2 SFG-3Com Park
2 PIT-3 Rivers Std
2 CIN-Cinergy Fld
2 PIT-Forbes Fld
2 WSN-RFK Stad
2 WSH-GriffithStad
2 CIN-Redland Fld
2 PHI-VeteransStad
2 HOU-Astrodome
2 MIL-County Stad
2 PHA-Shibe Pk
2 KCR-KauffmanStad
2 SDP-Qualcomm St
1 SEA-Safeco Fld
1 MON-Stade Olymp.
1 SDP-Petco Pk
1 SFG-Oracle Park
1 ATL-Turner Fld
1 KCR-Munic. Stad
1 MIL-Miller Pk
1 BAL-Camden Yards
1 SEA-Kingdome
1 BRO-Ebbets Fld
1 PIT-PNC Pk
1 WSN-Natls Park
1 NYM-Citi Field
1 ATL-Atl-Fulton
1 STL-Busch Stad
1 TOR-Rogers Ctr
1 ARI-Chase Field
1 MIN-Metrop. Stad
1 BSN-Braves Fld
1 MIA-Marlins Pk
1 MIN-Target Field
1 LAD-Dodger Stad
1 CHW-Guaranteed
1 LAD-LA Coliseum
1 DET-Comerica Pk
1 CLE-Progressive
1 HOU-MinuteMaidPk
1 MIN-Metrodome
1 TEX-Rangers Bpk
1 NYM-Shea Stad
1 OAK-Oakland Col.
1 BAL-Memor. Stad
1 CIN-GreatAmer BP
1 STL-Busch Stad 3
1 COL-Coors Fld
   18. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 27, 2019 at 08:37 PM (#5825930)
Truthfully the ballpark is in considerably better shape than it was in 1999. The renovations have made a huge difference.


Same with Wrigley.
   19. villageidiom Posted: March 28, 2019 at 08:25 AM (#5825975)
New York (Polo Grounds, Yankee Stadium I, Ebbets Field, Shea Stadium, Yankee Stadium II, Yankee Stadium III, Citi Field)
Yankee Stadium III hasn't hosted an ASG. The Yankees hosted one in the final year of Yankee Stadium II.
I guess the question is, what's the point of hosting the ASG?
Money.
(The Cubs) last hosted in 1990, and since then, several teams have hosted twice.
And by several you mean two. In the 28 ASGs after 1990 there have been 26 different host teams. The repeaters are the Padres, who hosted in 1992 and 2016, and the Pirates, who hosted in 1994 and 2006. In both instances they hosted in different stadia (Three Rivers / PNC, and Jack Murphy / Petco, respectively).

2019 will be the first year since the last ASG at Wrigley in which the same stadium has hosted twice, and only the third time the same team has hosted twice. Next year the Dodgers host, for the first time in that span. The Rays and A's have not hosted at all in that time.

In the meantime, setting aside for the moment that deserve's got nothing to do with it, nobody is saying Fenway deserves to host again before Wrigley. Even Sam Kennedy isn't saying it.
   20. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 28, 2019 at 08:53 AM (#5825983)
Yankee Stadium III hasn't hosted an ASG. The Yankees hosted one in the final year of Yankee Stadium II

Damn if you aren't right, my bad.

So how many teams have hosted the All-Star game and then gone on to win the World Series in the same year? I'll start with the 1939 Yankees and let others take it from there.

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