When MLB returned to the club earlier this year asking if 2023 was a possibility, lThe Sailors quickly set off.
SEATTLE WAS ALREADY PREPARED BY 2024 TO ORGANIZE THE ALL-STAR GAME
Seattle formally introduced itself as the host of the 2023 Summer Classic on Thursday, making the announcement inside the Space Needle with Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez watching.
Seattle’s first All-Star Game was in 1979 at the Kingdome, and it again hosted 22 years later, in 2001, at Safeco Field. Twenty-two years later, the game will return to what is now T-Mobile Park.
THE GAME OF STARS THE HEADQUARTERS HAS ALREADY BEEN POLITIZED
Seattle’s turn as host will be for three consecutive years when the game is played in the western half of the country.
This year’s All-Star Game moved to Denver from Atlanta in April after Manfred made the decision to relocate the game due to a Georgia voting law that critics say will negatively affect communities of color. His decision was generally denounced by conservatives and praised by liberals.
MANFRED PRAISED THE MARINERS ORGANIZATION, DID NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT ATLANTA
The 2022 game will be held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. It was originally scheduled to be there in 2020 before being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manfred said he was “in no position” to comment on talks about a future game in Atlanta and praised Seattle for being ready to receive faster than expected. John and his people did a fantastic job preparing beforehand. You know our deepest hope is that baseball will return to its traditional kind of apolitical stance, ”Manfred said. “Our goal is to entertain our fans, to have an inclusive environment where everyone can come and enjoy our games.”