Cubs' Push For '20 MLB All-Star Game At Wrigley Field No Guarantee
The Cubs and city of Chicago have submitted a formal bid to MLB to host an All-Star Game, perhaps as soon as '20, but fans "might want to temper their optimism" on winning the bid, according to Gonzales & Byrne of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said, “We’ve made a prediction on what the ballpark will look like in 2020. This has become a different equation with (Commissioner) Rob Manfred. In the past, Commissioner (Bud) Selig would sort of decide himself who deserves it next, or the clock might dictate who gets it next." He added, “Rob is running this more like a competition, where both the city and the team need to make a commitment to attract the game.” Despite the cooperation the Cubs have received from the city and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Kenney said, “We don’t have some of the tools some of the other cities have that they get to use.” Gonzales & Byrne note the Cubs "haven’t been host to an All-Star Game" at Wrigley Field since '90. The Cubs have pushed for '20 as a "way to commemorate the 30th anniversary" of hosting their last ASG. However, the Dodgers have "waited 10 years longer" than the Cubs (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/16).