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Progressive Field to host the 2019 All-Star Game

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Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com reports that the Cleveland Indians are going to host the 2019 All-Star Game at Progressive Field. A press conference will be held to announce it tomorrow.

The last time Cleveland hosted the Midsummer Classic was in 1997. At the time Progressive Field was in its fourth season and the Indians were on their way to a second American League pennant in three years. The Indians are back in contention again and Progressive Field is fresh off of substantial renovations in the past couple of offseasons. Cleveland hosted the All-Star Game at Municipal Stadium in 1935, 1954, 1963 and 1981. No single team has hosted as many All-Star Games, though New York and Chicago, as cities, have hosted more among their multiple clubs.

2019 will mark the first year since 2014 that an American League team will host the All-Star Game. It was in Minnesota in 2014, followed by Cincinnati, San Diego and, this year, in Miami. Next year it will be in Washington, D.C.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.