Today it was announced that the 2016 Mid-Summer Classic will take place on the west coast as San Diego, home of the Padres, will host the All-Star festivities. The decision was announced at the Winter Owners meeting this year in Arizona, by long-time commissioner Bud Selig. Commissioner Seling stated, "San Diego is one of America's most beautiful cities, and showcasing Petco Park in its thriving downtown will be a remarkable opportunity for the Padres franchise and all of Major League Baseball.” Selig, who is stepping down as commissioner this month to hand over the reigns to Rob Manfred, made his last All-Star game announcement of his twenty two year career as he announced San Diego would host the 2016 festivities.
San Diego is the first west coast city since Phoenix held the 2011 All Star game. This is the second time that the city of San Diego will host the All-Star game as well as the festivities that go along with the game. In 1992 the game was hosted at Jack Murphy Stadium, which currently is the home of the San Diego Chargers (Qualcomm Stadium). That year saw the American League over power the National League 13-6, with Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. taking home the All-Star game MVP award after belting a homer and while going 3-3.
The decision to host the game in San Diego, a National League team, in 2016 also goes against the usual back and forth nature that Major League Baseball implements each year of the American League and National League flip-flopping who hosts the game. The 2014 game was held in Minnesota (AL), and the 2015 game is being held in Cincinnati (NL). This is not the first time that Major League Baseball has gone back-to-back holding the game in the same league as the 2006/2007 games were held in Pittsburgh and then San Francisco, both National League teams.
The decision to choose San Diego puts a damper on the hopes of Baltimore, which was the opposing city rumored to host the 2016 games. The Orioles have not hosted an All-Star game in the beautiful Camden Yards since 1993. MLB officials have given statements assuring that this choice to hold the games in San Diego and not Baltimore has nothing to do with the dispute with MLB and the Nationals over territorial rights with cable station MASN. It is rumored that the front runner for the 2017 game is now Nationals Park in Washington, who like Petco Park, has yet to host their own All-Star weekend. Thus, officials at Major League baseball are looking to keep the game in the Maryland area after slanting the city of Baltimore in the 2016 decision.
The news of the 2016 All-Star game goes along with the buzz surrounding the Padres organization with new GM A.J. Preller and the moves he has orchestrated to improve the Padres who have not seen playoff baseball since 2006. New big time players like Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and 2014 All-Star Derek Norris hope to represent the Padres in the 2016 festivities.
Some background info on Petco Park is that it was opened in 2004 and can hold just under 50,000 baseball fans. Popular opinions on the stadium is that Petco Park is one of the most picturesque stadiums in the league, along with the beautiful San Diego weather is sure to provide a great landscape for the 2016 Mid-Summer Classic. Here is a statement from the Padres organization on the decision, "The San Diego Padres are honored to host Major League Baseball's 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park, Padres fans have been awaiting the return of the Midsummer Classic for more than two decades, and we are thrilled with today's news. We thank Commissioner Selig, Commissioner-Elect Rob Manfred and all of Major League Baseball for selecting 'America's Finest City.'"
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