Manfred: '26 MLB All-Star Game Defied Typical Bid Process
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred today said the league’s typical process of awarding All-Star Games “went out the window” with the move to award the '26 game to the Phillies. Manfred has sought to make competitive bidding and sequential awarding of All-Star Games key tenets of his tenure since his '14 election. However, during an event at Independence Mall today to announce the selection, Manfred said the move to tie the '26 game to the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence was a personal one that followed more than two years of repeated requests from Phillies Chair and close friend Dave Montgomery.
Manfred said, “Dave never asked for a favor for the Phillies or for himself. But two years ago, he began asking for this game and to announce it soon.” The awarding of the '26 All-Star Game to Philadelphia mirrors the '76 one that was played at Veterans Stadium and tied into the country’s bicentennial.