The MLB All-Star game is finally returning to Los Angeles, as Dodger Stadium will play host to the annual event in the year 2020.
The MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, will make the official announcement at a press conference on Wednesday. Dodger Stadium has not played host to the All-Star Game since 1980, when a National League team managed by Chuck Tanner beat an American League team managed by Earl Weaver, 4-2.
The last All-Star game featured Ken Griffey Sr., that’s right Senior; who became the game’s MVP with two hits. Griffey Sr. also hit a homer off of Tommy John of the infamous surgery. Needless to say, it has been a long time coming for the All-Star game to return to the great city of Los Angeles.
The Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs were among the leading candidates to host the 2020 game. The Washington Nationals will host the game in July, and the Cleveland Indians will host the game in 2019.
This will be the second time in a few years that Los Angeles will host an All-Star game. The NBA All-Star game, was played in LA just this past February. The game however, did not feature any All-Stars who play in the host city as no Lakers or Clippers were selected for the team. There is no shortage of potential LA All-Stars for the MLB however, as the game could feature previous All-Stars: Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Mike Trout.