The Cleveland Indians have been selected to host the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, according to multiple sources, as reported by Cleveland.com’s Zack Meisel. An official announcement is expected tomorrow morning.
Some of the sights around Progressive Field during Game 1 of the 2016 World Series, in which the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago Cubs, 6-0.
SAN DIEGO – Kansas City Royals teammates Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez homered in the second inning and drove in two runs each to lead the American League to a 4-2 victory over the National League in the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Hosmer was named the game’s MVP, finishing 2-for-3 in his first All-Star Game.
Corey Kluber pitched a scoreless second inning and was the winning pitcher for the AL, while NL starter Johnny Cueto took the loss after giving up three runs in one and two-thirds innings.
SAN DIEGO – Trailing 3-0 after five innings, the World Futures scored 11 unanswered runs to defeat the USA Futures team 11-3 in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game at San Diego’s Petco Park. It was the World team’s first Futures Game victory since 2009, ending a six-game winning streak for USA.
Yoan Moncada of the Red Sox was named the game’s MVP after hitting a 406-foot, two-run home run in the eight inning, giving the World team its first lead. Moncada, who finished 2-for-5 with a stolen base, is the first player from Cuba to win the award.
According to People Magazine, the 2016 Budweiser All-Star Concert series will feature performers Gwen Stefani, Tori Kelly, and OneRepublic. The concerts will be spread out over two days during the weekend prior to the All-Star Game.
On Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. Pacific time, OneRepublic is scheduled to perform along with Needtobreathe. On Saturday the 9th, Tori Kelly and All Time Low are slated for a noon performance, with Gwen Stefani and Eve wrapping up the series at 7 p.m.
Five Chicago Cubs players are among the leaders for the National League in the latest 2016 All-Star Game balloting totals released Wednesday by Major League Baseball, joining three Kansas City Royals and three Boston Red Sox among the American League leaders announced Tuesday.
With two weeks of fan voting remaining, the top four spots in the NL are occupied by Cubs—Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant, and Dexter Fowler—with Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Yoenis Céspedes of the Mets following closely behind in the race for the top vote-getter. In the AL, David Ortiz and Salvador Pérez have become the first two players to eclipse two million votes.
Voting for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game starters has officially begun. As was the case in 2015, this year’s vote will be online and mobile only, with fans having the option to cast their ballots via the ballot on MLB.com, text messaging, and the MLB.com At-Bat mobile app.
Fans will be able to vote up to five times per day (technically, per 24-hour period), and up to 35 times in total. The voting period is scheduled to end Thursday, June 30.
According to MLB, a record 620 million votes were cast in 2015, which surpassed the previous record of 391 million in 2012.
More details about this year’s vote are available in the press release from MLB announcing the start of balloting.
For those who are interested in purchasing a ticket to the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game without having to go through a reseller or purchasing San Diego Padres season tickets first, you must first register for the All-Star Week Ticket Opportunity, which is a drawing that determines who will get a chance to purchase an All-Star ticket strip. Each ticket strip includes:
- One ticket for All-Star Sunday (Futures Game and Legends & Celebrities Softball Game) on Sunday, July 10
- One ticket for All-Star Workout Day, which includes the Home Run Derby, on Monday, July 11
- One ticket for the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 12
- Two tickets for the All-Star FanFest, held at the San Diego Convention Center Friday, July 8 through Tuesday the 12th
- One All-Star Game program
The deadline to register for the drawing is tomorrow, April 20, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. According to MLB, the drawing is tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 25th, with winners being notified later in the week (on or about the 28th). For those who are eligible or have been selected for the opportunity to purchase ticket strips, the sale of those strips is tentatively planned to occur on or about Friday, May 6.
The registration form is available on the MLB website, where individual tickets for the FanFest and All-Star Sunday are already on sale. In addition, discounts for FanFest tickets are available on Tuesdays and Fridays; details are available on the MLB FanFest ticket page.
Major League Baseball has unveiled the cap designs for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, as well as the jersey and cap designs for the All-Star Workout Day and Home Run Derby.
The All-Star Game caps will feature a gold outline around the team logo, gold metal stars around the eyelets on the front panel, and gray brims. On the reverse, a pair of stars will flank the MLB logo, as will be the case on the back of the player jerseys. Each jersey also will feature the player’s signature on the front at the bottom right, with an ASG patch appearing on the sleeve. Jerseys otherwise will match each player’s regular uniform, with American League players wearing their home jersey and the National League wearing road jerseys despite playing in an NL ballpark, San Diego’s Petco Park.
The Workout Day caps and jerseys will have an orange, brown, and yellow theme that pays homage to the Padres uniforms of the 1970s and ’80s. The caps will be brown with a white front panel, featuring the team name in orange retro lettering, and a yellow brim. The NL jerseys will be primarily brown with yellow along the edges and sleeves, with the colors reversed for the AL.
With the 2015 All-Star Game behind us, attention has turned to San Diego, where the Padres will play host to the 2016 game. Following that will be the 2017 game in Miami and the 2018 game in Washington, D.C. But who will host the 2019 All-Star Game?
Many factors are considered when making this decision, not least of which is how long it has been since a team hosted the game. The five teams that have gone the longest without hosting the All-Star Game, with the Los Angeles Dodgers having the longest drought by far, having most recently hosted in 1980. After that, it’s the Oakland Athletics (1987), the Chicago Cubs (1990), the Toronto Blue Jays (1991), and the Baltimore Orioles (1993), whose Oriole Park at Camden Yards started the recent wave of new, retro-themed ballparks. The Tampa Bay Rays have never hosted, although they didn’t begin play until 1998.