CLEVELAND – (Staff and Wire Service Report by The Sports Xchange) – Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred officially announced that the 90th All-Star Game, being planned for the summer of 2019, will be held at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. The Indians returned to the World Series last fall for the first time since 1997, which also was the last time the team hosted the All-Star Game. The Indians took the Chicago Cubs to seven games last year before losing a dramatic World Series. Cleveland also hosted the All-Star Game in 1935 (the third in the event’s history) as well as 1954, 1963 and 1981.
“Last year’s World Series was a great illustration of the rich baseball history in Cleveland,” Mandfred said in a statement. “We are delighted that the 2019 All-Star Game will be in Cleveland with the Indians’ loyal fans during an exciting time for the franchise. Major League Baseball looks forward to bringing 90th Midsummer Classic to downtown Cleveland in 2019 to celebrate the best of our sport.”The Indians will follow this year’s All-Star Game hosts, the Miami Marlins, and the Washington Nationals in 2018.
“On behalf of the Indians organization, we are truly honored and thankful to Major League Baseball for being awarded the 2019 All-Star Week festivities,” Indians owner Paul Dolan said. “This is a very exciting time for our city and organization. We have had tremendous excitement coming off our American League championship and historic World Series appearance. This announcement will only build on that heightened profile and momentum.
“Twenty-nineteen will mark the 25th anniversary of our ballpark (Jacobs/Progressive Field), a timeframe where generations of our fans have experienced tremendous memories. With significant renovations over the last two years, our ballpark truly is a crowned jewel in the sports industry. We look forward to putting on a great show for Major League Baseball and fans all around the world.”
The 2017 All-Star Game is slated for July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, marking the first time that the Marlins will host the event in their franchise history. The 2018 game is scheduled for Washington DC.