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Selig: Washington is a “prime candidate” to host the 2017 All-Star Game

Feb 8, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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Commissioner Bud Selig says that Washington, D.C. is a “prime candidate” to host the 2017 All-Star Game, reports James Wagner of the Washington Post. The Lerner family, which owns the Nationals, has been making a concerted effort to bring the midsummer classic to the nation’s capital. Selig was light on specifics, but made a point to say that the Nationals were at or near the top of the list.

This year’s All-Star Game will pop up at Target Field in Minnesota. Cincinnati plays host at Great American Ball Park next year. 2016′s host has yet to be announced but it will very likely go to an American League team, as hosts have tended to alternate leagues in the past. That means 2017 is likely the earliest the Nationals could play host.

Wagner mentions that teams with newer stadiums are also given priority, which means that San Diego (Petco Park), Miami (Marlins Park), and Philadelphia (Citizens Bank Park) could also make an effort for the 2017 All-Star Game.

  1. David Proctor - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Development around the ballpark has been slow, given the recession, but it’s really picked up lately and there’s a lot of new stuff opening in the next year or so. By 2017, there should be plenty nearby.

    • mybrunoblog - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      A city like DC has the infrastructure to host a large sporting event. While development around the ballpark is nice, I doubt it would be of any real consequence in the grand scheme of the Nats getting or not getting the AS game.

  2. DJ MC - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    The issue is that the AL park that likely has the best shot at 2016 is Camden Yards. Will they want to have it in back-to-back cities back-to-back years?

  3. churdus - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Nice park but I think Petco deserves a chance as well.

  4. Kevin McGuire - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    A home run derby in Citizens Bank Park could break all sorts of records.

  5. cackalackyank - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    For the AL in 2016 I nominate the A’s new park in San Jose. Oh wait….

  6. happytwinsfan - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    the 2014 game is being played exactly (i hope) one year too early at target field, as, barring a lightning strike traveling to the inside of a bottle, only one, token, twin will be playing in it.

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:43 AM

    The most exciting part of this is that, seizing on the popularity of the NHL’s plethora of outdoor games this year, the MLB All-Star Game in DC will be in Verizon Center, where the Capitals play.

  8. schmedley69 - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    The Phillies Team President has stated that they are angling to host the 2026 All-Star Game to help commemorate the country’s 250th birthday. The Phillies hosted the 1976 All-Star Game as well.

  9. sleepyirv - Feb 10, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    I doubt Miami is in the running as the league doesn’t need the Marlins to find a new way to embarrass themselves.

  10. TheNaturalMevs - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Hopefully by then, Harper is locked into that 12 year deal and Washington has built a nice little baseball kingdom around the park. Harper serving as the head Knight in Camelot of course.

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