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Next week is the 2022 MLB All-Star Game. It’s taking place at Dodger Stadium for the second time and played in Los Angeles as a catch-up after the originally scheduled 2020 game at Chavez Ravine was canceled due to the pandemic. The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the all-star game in 1980, and 40 years later they got the nod again a) because it had been four decades since one of the most prominent teams in a major population center was hosted , and b) with recent upgrades and renovations to the park, the Dodgers have no plans to leave Dodger Stadium anytime soon.

This last point relates to one of the most critical factors that MLB uses to decide which team hosts the game: the stadium. MLB likes to use the All-Star Game as a way to showcase the newest and brightest stadiums in the league. In ASG’s last 20 years, only three games have not been the stadium’s first: last year’s sudden substitution game at Coors Field; 2012 at Kauffman which followed a major renovation of the park in 2009; and 2008 at the old Yankee Stadium which was used as a send-off to the old park before the new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009.

Currently, the only future ASGs announced are next year at T-Mobile Park in Seattle (following the renovations of 2013 and 2017), and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia in 2026 (first ASG since the park opened in 2004, also coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence). Four other parks have yet to host the All-Star Game: Tropicana Field, the new Yankee Stadium, Truist Park (which just opened in 2017) and Globe Life Field (opened in 2020), and among them all but the Too many seem likely to host over the next decade. Tampa Bay will likely have a chance to host once a new stadium is found for the Rays, rather than featuring an aging dome that first hosted an NHL team.

So where do the A’s fit in all of this? Well, as with the Dodgers, it’s been a while since Oakland hosted the game, 35 years in fact. But much like the Rays’ situation, MLB probably doesn’t want to showcase the 56-year-old concrete dive bar the A’s call home.

The continued development of the Howard Terminal baseball stadium has changed that story, however. Assuming all goes well over the summer and the current projected schedule is adhered to, ground could be shot on Howard Terminal Park early next year. After the usual two-year construction period for an MLB-quality stadium, the A’s are reportedly looking to move into their new home in 2025 — matching a Coliseum lease that expires after 2024.

But don’t expect green and gold All-Star jerseys in just three years. Even with a brand new park, the A’s have four or five candidates ahead of them depending on how Tampa Bay is doing. Considering that Truist Park was already set to host ASG once before, and that a Midsummer Classic at Yankee Stadium will always be a slam dunk for MLB, the All-Star schedule for the next moment might look like:

  • 2022: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
  • 2023: T-Mobile Park, Seattle
  • 2024: Truist Park, Atlanta?
  • 2025: Yankee Stadium, New York?
  • 2026: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
  • 2027: Globe Life Field, Arlington?

These are the gimme places, either already confirmed or ready for their ASG debut. Ideally, this even matches MLB’s preference to alternate NL and AL parks. What follows gets into the guesswork area, as we come to some assumptions and hopefully scenarios.

So we’re guessing the A’s finally get their new park in 2025. A working park doesn’t mean the area around it is fully developed. With the current Howard Terminal plan tied to building housing, hotels and commercial space around the park, the odds of showcasing Oakland’s newest baseball stadium increase once these skyscrapers of all mockups will be built. Now some of that will come with the park, some will follow soon after, but let’s give 3 years for the area to be more or less solidified. That puts us in 2028.

The idea of ​​2028 gives us another guess, as the Rays’ lease at Tropicana Field expires after 2027. This means that in six years, the Rays will hopefully open their new stadium and join the A’s in a possible All-Election. -Star. Securing the A’s and Rays stadiums brings about a big event for Manfred and MLB: expansion. The commissioner has repeatedly stated that league expansion will be on the table once the two lingering ballpark situations are sorted out, and in our 2028 theory they are.

Assuming all remaining necessities for expansion are settled with the new commissioner in 2024, once the ground is laid for the new Oakland and St. Pete parks, the league begins the appeals process. expansion offers in 2026. Alongside the 2027 collective bargaining agreement being sorted, the establishment of an expansion draft in 2027 means a pair of new clubs joining the league in 2028 and entering the fray for ASG . So we have 4 post-2027 candidates: the Oakland A’s, the Tampa Bay Stingraysand our expansion teams which, for convenience, we will refer to as the Montreal Expos and the Vancouver Mountaineers.

In addition, we can expect a few existing parks to be extensively renovated or replaced. Let’s say Wrigley Field (last hosted in 1990) and American Family Field in Milwaukee (last hosted in 2002 as Miller Park) are both revamped enough to qualify for hosting duties. With this range of teams and areas, we can build the ASG calendar beyond 2028:

  • 2028: Wrigley Field – After fully integrating the rooftops of Wrigleyville into the stadium, the team is hosting a special Home Run Derby from one of the rooftops.
  • 2029: Publix Park – Eager to give the Rays their first All-Star Game, MLB is accelerating their bid for the new retractable-roof stadium built in the parking lot of the Rays’ former home.
  • 2030: BMO Park — After playing their first season in the dilapidated Olympic Stadium, the Expos have the opportunity to present their new baseball stadium on Île Sainte-Hélène in the middle of the Saint-Lawrence River.
  • 2031: Kaiser Permanente Park – Six years after the A’s moved into their new waterfront stadium at Howard Terminal, they can host their second ASG, 44 years after the Coliseum showcase. It’s really a no-brainer at this point for athletics to host. Since moving to Kaiser Park, John Fisher has finally opened his wallet and the A’s are in the Top 10 spenders. The long-term re-signed talent of the 2027 World Series-winning Athletics has only gotten better, and the new generation of free agents who joined the team in 2029 have helped the A’s succeed each other in 29 and 30. The 2031 All-Star Game isn’t just a celebration of the new A Dynasty, it’s also a catharsis for A fans who have endured decades of often frustrating ownership.
  • 2032: American Family Field – They gave Bernie Brewer a second home run and told Commissioner Cohen he could take him down as many times as he wanted during the game. That locked out the Brewers for 2032.
  • 2033: BC Place – While plans for the Mountaineers’ new park have seen a series of speed bumps, less than 10 years after the A’s moved from a multi-purpose stadium, the Vancouver side welcome ASG to the field they shares with the BC Lions of the CFL. .

While this is all incredibly speculative, the timeline seems pretty reasonable. It’s easy to see the A’s hosting the All-Star Game for the next decade, especially with the current momentum.

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