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Should MLB Keep Making All-Star Winner World Series Host?
Published July 14, 2009
|Writer Believes Selig Should Not Make All-Star
Game Both Glorious Exhibition And Meaningful
HOSTS WITH THE MOST TO OFFER: In Philadelphia, Paul Hagen reports Phillies President & CEO Dave Montgomery at the All-Star Game "will make a point of running into" MLB President & COO Bob DuPuy to "get a sense of when Philadelphia might next host" the event. The Phillies "hosted the game at Veterans Stadium as recently as 1996," but the club since then have opened Citizens Bank Park. Montgomery: "We're anxious to do it, although it's not yet our turn. I thought when I'm in St. Louis I'd sidle up to (DuPuy) and ask him, 'What's the status? What's the feeling?'" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 7/14). Meanwhile, in K.C., Sam Mellinger cites sources as saying that Selig "most likely next month" will confirm that the Royals' Kauffman Stadium "will play host to the All-Star Game in 2012" (K.C. STAR, 7/14).
MAKING MOVES: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's David Biderman reports the merchandise of the 64 MLB players originally voted into the All-Star Game from June 5 to July 5 "represented nearly $850,000 in sales on eBay, with an average of $13,267 per player." Sales of Jeter merchandise totaled $199,176, "nearly 2 1/2 times more than" Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols, who ranked No. 3 with $83,646 in sales. Rays 3B Evan Longoria finished No. 2 with $86,182 in sales. The Red Sox and Yankees "rule the eBay sales standings" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 7/14). Meanwhile, in St. Petersburg, Marc Topkin reports the "wives of the players and coaches got fitted in designer dresses for today's red-carpet motorcade through downtown St. Louis" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 7/14).