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Reds Begin Internal Preparations For '15 All-Star Game; Will Pete Rose Play A Role?
Published July 16, 2014
SOUR ON THE APPLE: Selig yesterday said that the All-Star Game is "nowhere close to returning" to N.Y. He said, "I've got too many people ahead of them." In N.Y., Ken Davidoff notes MLB "took care of the Yankees" in '08 by holding the All-Star Game in the final season of the old Yankee Stadium, and the game returned to N.Y. last year, when the Mets hosted the event. The game has not been awarded beyond next year, but there are four NL venues outside of GABP that are "new and have yet to hold the All-Star Game" -- Nationals Park, Petco Park, Marlins Park and Citizens Bank Park. Furthermore, the Dodgers "haven’t hosted the game" since '80 and have "made dramatic improvements to Dodger Stadium in the past few years" (N.Y. POST, 7/16). Also in N.Y., Pat Borzi notes among AL teams, the Orioles have applied for the '16 game, which would "be its first" since '93, the second year that Camden Yards was open. MLB is "unlikely to award the game" to either the A's or Rays "because of concerns over those stadiums." However, potential candidates include the Blue Jays, who last hosted it in '91, Rangers ('95) or Indians ('97) (N.Y. TIMES, 7/16).