Cubs expected to host an All-Star Game in the near future
The 2016-18 All-Star Games are spoken for, but the Cubs could play host not long thereafter according to commissioner Rob Manfred, Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reports.
The Padres are hosting at Petco Park this year, the Marlins will host at Marlins Park next season, and the Nationals will host in 2018 at Nationals Park. That will make four consecutive National League hosts and five if the Cubs get it in 2019. In the past, the National and American Leagues have alternated hosting privileges. That is sort of important now since the league that wins the All-Star Game gets home field advantage in the World Series.
The Cubs last hosted the All-Star Game in 1990 and have hosted a total of three times (1962 and 1947 being the other years) since its inception in 1933.
Wrigley Field has been undergoing renovations which are expected to be completed by the 2019 season. Manfred said that the Cubs hosting the All-Star Game “will provide the Cubs and Ricketts family a chance to showcase the unbelievable renovation they are in the midst of doing for Wrigley field.”
Update: Here’s a table showing the last time each team hosted the All-Star Game.
|Team||Park||Last Hosted||Yrs Since||Notes|
|Nationals||Olympic Stadium (Expos)||1982||33||2018 host|
|Athletics||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum||1987||28|
|Padres||Jack Murphy Stadium||1992||23||2016 host|
|Orioles||Oriole Park at Camden Yards||1993||22|
|Rangers||The Ballpark in Arlington||1995||20|
|Red Sox||Fenway Park||1999||16|
|White Sox||U.S. Cellular Field||2003||12|
|Astros||Minute Maid Park||2004||11|
|Angels||Angels Stadium of Anaheim||2010||5|
|Reds||Great American Ball Park||2015||0|
|Marlins||Never Hosted||2017 host|