It’s been a long time since the ‘Splendid Lady’ as I like to call Chavez Ravine has hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was two years before I was born to be exact, in 1980. Here’s the box score from that game.
It’s no secret that since I was a little boy, Dodger Stadium to me is the Holy Grail of ballparks. Wrigley Field and Fenway Park (and no longer erected original Yankee Stadium) are in that same class. They’ll always be special. But to me, the jewel of the game has always been that park with the Palm Trees and blue walls with that crazy city’s skyline sitting behind it.
With the All-Star Game accounted for up to the year 2020 and new ballparks on their way to the league seemingly every day, I have to wonder if the Dodgers get another Midsummer classic before I’m an old man.
There’s not a lot of information out there on the subject.
In 2015, this NY Daily News article quoted Commissioner Rob Manfred as saying the Dodgers were gaining consideration for another All-Star Game. At the time, Dodgers President Stan Kasten was nudging Manfred about getting another All-Star game.
“The Dodgers, and Stan in particular, have made clear their interest in having an All-Star game,” commissioner Rob Manfred told this publication at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. “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.”
If there’s an obvious factor still working against the Dodgers, it’s the list of National League cities at the front of the line. Cincinnati is hosting this year’s game. San Diego hosts in 2016, followed by Miami in 2017 and D.C. in 2018.
With Cleveland being awarded the 2019 All-Star game, that opens the door for it to shift back to a National League team in 2020 or 2021. Perhaps the Dodgers will finally land one so that the new reincarnation of Dodger Stadium (even without Vin Scully and his magic present) can give the fans of baseball a July masterpiece between the two leagues.
What MLB city do you think should fall next in line to host?