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.
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.
As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.