Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game will return to Dodger Stadium in 2020, a move that will end the Midsummer Classic’s 40-year absence from the nation’s second-largest city. The Dodgers and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement on Wednesday. “Major League Baseball is proud to bring the All-Star Game to Los Angeles and fans of the Dodgers in 2020,” said Manfred. “As last year’s World Series demonstrated, Dodger Stadium remains one of our game’s classic ballparks, and it will be a perfect venue to showcase the very best of the National Pastime.”
Washington’s Nationals Park is the site for this season’s All-Star Game, with the Cleveland Indians hosting the 2019 game. Manfred indicated this spring that he expected to announce hosts for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 All-Star Games “in the near future.” MLB has traditionally tried to alternate National League and American League cities.
Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson posted a tweet Tuesday afternoon celebrating the All-Star Game’s return to Los Angeles – and then quickly deleted it.
But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts admitted to the news when he was asked about it before Tuesday night’s game. “It’s been a long time. It’s been a long time,” Roberts said. “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.”
This will mark the third time the Dodgers have hosted since moving to the west coast, and the fourth time for the franchise overall. The Dodgers currently have the longest drought in the majors, having not served as base for the All-Star festivities since 1980.