Orioles Optimistic With Selig Calling Baltimore A Strong Candidate For '16 MLB All-Star Game
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig last week said that Baltimore "was a 'very, very viable candidate' to host the 2016 All-Star Game at Camden Yards," and while the Orioles are not commenting publicly, they are "encouraged by Selig's characterization of their chances,” according to a front-page piece by Dan Connolly of the Baltimore SUN. An MLB All-Star Game in Baltimore would “give the Orioles a chance to tout the team's turnaround from years of dismal results, as well as give an incentive with season-ticket packages” for ‘15 and ‘16 “if the club ties access to the event to longer season plans.” The team "isn't commenting publicly" on Selig's comments "because it doesn't want to be viewed as campaigning" for the event. Selig, who is set to retire in January, said that he would award the ’16 and ’17 All-Star Games “before leaving office.” Connolly writes the “one potential roadblock” for Baltimore hosting in ‘16 is that DC also wants the game “as soon as possible at Nationals Park.” If the “pattern of alternating leagues continues," then DC "likely would be a candidate” for ‘17. The commissioner's office would “have to decide whether it wanted to hold the event in the same region in consecutive years -- which it doesn't normally do” (Baltimore SUN, 6/4). Selig on Friday said that he sees Baltimore “as a leading candidate” to host the ’16 All-Star Game. In Baltimore, Eduardo Encina notes Camden Yards last hosted the game in its inaugural ’93 season, and the only AL teams to not host since then have been the Blue Jays, A’s and Rays. Neither the A’s nor Rays “play in stadiums MLB would like to showcase.” Hosting the All-Star Game would “give the Orioles a unique centerpiece for their 25th season at Camden Yards” (BALTIMORESUN.com, 5/30).