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Manfred says Orioles need ‘compelling’ bid to host All-Star Game

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WASHINGTON—The Orioles haven’t hosted an All-Star Game since 1993. That event was, by all accounts, wildly successful. The team has applied in the past for another chance, and there was some sentiment that Baltimore was in line to host in 2016.

However, Major League Baseball decided to award the 2016 game to San Diego. With Cleveland and Los Angeles set the host in 2019 and 2020, the earliest the Orioles could be the game’s host is in 2021.

In a Tuesday session with members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addressed that issue and the perception that because of the ongoing dispute over MASN rights fees between the Orioles and Nationals, an All-Star Game in Baltimore has been held in abeyance.

Manfred took issue that a future Orioles-hosted All-Star Game and the MASN discord were tied together.

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“I have not made one decision in my entire time as commissioner related to the Baltimore Orioles that was based on whether or not the MASN litigation was ongoing,” Manfred testily answered.

“I know there are some people who have perpetuated this idea. We have treated Baltimore exactly the same as the other 29 clubs ever since this dispute began and, as a matter of fact, we have actually probably treated them more fairly in a number of important respects, or more leniently rather than fairly is the really the word I mean.

“Whether or not there’s an All-Star Game depends on whether Baltimore gets organized and submits a bid that would be compelling for an All-Star Game, just like any other team.”

Cleveland last hosted the All-Star Game in 1997, four years after Baltimore did.

For decades, MLB alternated the sites between National and American League parks, but this is the fourth consecutive year the All-Star Game has been played in a National League venue.

Cincinnati, San Diego, Miami and Washington each had the game for the first time in their new parks, and Los Angeles will host for the first time in 40 years in 2020.

Yankee Stadium, which hosted in 2009, Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field, Atlanta’s SunTrust Park and Philadelphia’s Citizen’s Bank Park are the other stadiums that have not been the site for an All-Star Game.

The Rays are attempting to fund a new stadium, and the Phillies have informally decided to bid for the 2026 game, which would be the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. boss61

    July 17, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Of course its about the Gnats and the TV rights. MLB has been in cahoots with the Gnats on that issue since Day One. Now if Peter Angelos passes and/or is no longer involved, some thawing of the ice might occur. Until then, no All Star Game for us I believe.

  2. Dblack2508

    July 17, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Pete Rose will get inducted to the HOF before Baltimore gets an allstar game.

  3. mlbbirdfan

    July 18, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Of course we need a compelling bid! Then we need fair treatment

  4. bv22

    July 18, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    If he got testy about it, then it is totally about the MASN dispute. No other reason to react to that question in that manner unless you’re being called on your sh**. I don’t understand why MLB just doesn’t put all 30 teams/cities into a rotation with each city/team getting it’s turn to play host. That way, each team/city is host once every 30 years and everyone is treated equally/fairly and teams have years in advance to begin planning for the event. They could even go back to the alternating AL park and NL park since there’s 15 teams in each league. All-Star week is supposed to be a celebration of baseball, not a celebration of a new stadium. That means that even the Oaklands and Tampa Bays need to be recognized and celebrated equally alongside the Bostons, Chicagos, and New Yorks.

  5. GSISDANNO

    July 18, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    The commissioner really thinks that we will take him at his word that the MASN dispute has nothing to do with Baltimore not hosting an all-star game. That makes him very clueless. Camden Yards was a revolutionary ballpark when it was constructed and owns a place in baseball history. I didn’t think we could get a worse commissioner than Bud Selig. But we did.

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