MLB All-Star game comes to Dodger Stadium after 38-year hiatus
It took a while, but Dodger Stadium will finally see the return of an All-Star game on its diamond. While the official announcement won't be made until later today, it would appear that the rumors are true, and the stadium will have its first Midsummer Classic since 1980. Barring any unforeseen catastrophe, the games will be played there in 2020.
Rob Manfred, commissioner for the MLB, is scheduled to confirm the rumors during a press conference to be held today at Dodger Stadium. The last time the game was held there, first baseman "Mr. Clean" Steve Garvey was playing for the Dodgers, and took to the field with fellow greats Reggie Smith, Bill Russell and Davey Lopes. The National League took the win, beating the American League 4-2 after eight and a half innings.
This may be the first time in a long while that Dodger Stadium will host the game, but not the first time it has been seen in California in recent years. In both 1989 and 2010, the Midsummer Classic was hosted by the LA Angels. The San Diego Padres also saw the games, at then Jack Murphy Stadium in 1992 followed by a repeat at Petco Park in 2016.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked about the rumor prior to Tuesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics. "It’s been a long time. It’s been a long time. So for Major League Baseball and the city of Los Angeles to come together and get it here in 2020, I think it’s a thrill not only for the Dodgers but for the great fan base of Los Angeles," he said.