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Dodgers moving closer to landing All-Star game?

3/16/2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodger Stadium hasn’t hosted an All-Star game in 35 years, but Commissioner Rob Manfred made it sound Monday like that drought could soon come to an end. Manfred said he and Los Angeles Dodgers president Stan Kasten have begun discussions about bringing a future Midsummer Classic to Chavez Ravine.

"I’m aware of what the facts are in terms of how long it’s been since there’s been a game there and, obviously, a market like L.A., you can’t ask for a better showcase for the game," Manfred said. "So, more to follow on that one."

The earliest the Dodgers could land the All-Star game would be 2018 since the next three have been rewarded to Cincinnati, Miami and San Diego -- all National League venues. The Washington Nationals also figure to lobby heavily to land one in their new ballpark.

The other complicating factor is that Manfred wants All-Star games to be awarded based on bidding rather than as rewards to teams who build new stadiums. The Dodgers pumped more than $100 million into renovating 53-year-old Dodger Stadium before the 2013 season and did less-extensive renovations before last Opening Day.

"We’d like to be in a situation, I think we are in a situation, where we had multiple teams interested in having All-Star games in various years and we think we can put a process together that makes sure we get the city that’s going to be the best host for the game," Manfred said.