The MLB All-Star Game Could Be Headed To Wrigley Field Very Soon
By Stephen Gossett in News on Jul 11, 2017 9:51PM
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The Major League Baseball All-Star Game—which has thankfully gone back to being meaningless—could be coming to Wrigley Field very soon.
It seems like a logical move: the ballpark is one of the league's most historic. At the same time, it's also getting plenty of fancy ongoing renovations. And the at-long-last-champion Cubs, despite their first-half mediocrity, remain one of MLB's most iconic franchises. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred would seem inclined to agree.
Manfred said so on Monday, according to CBS Chicago:
"The city of Chicago and Wrigley Field, the renovated Wrigley Field in particular would be a great site for an All-Star Game. There will be an All-Star Game in Wrigley Field in the relatively near future."
If you were sensing a "but..." to follow, there was a bit of one. "Having said that, the caveat on that is we have a lot of cities really interested in having the game," Manfred added.
Whether or not that cautious kicker was just the commish being the diplomat required of his role is up to you to decide. But Wrigley does seem to be on track to host. As CBS notes, renovations to the visitors' clubhouse—which the league previously said was a must in order for the Cubs' stadium to host—should be done by early 2019. Next year's All-Star site is spoken for (Washington DC), as is the 2019 (Cleveland), but the years beyond are all open.
Wrigley Field has not hosted an All-Star Game since 1990. This year's game kicks off tonight, at 6:30 p.m. Chicago time from (decidedly non-historic) Marlins Park, in Miami.