Per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten confirmed that his team is “aggressively pursuing” hosting an All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium, perhaps as soon as 2020. The Los Angeles city council is apparently on board with the idea.
Kasten said, “We obviously are very interested as we have been since the day we got here. We’ve had a lot of conversations. … I think we’re making progress on putting everything in place to get the game.”
The 2018 and 2019 All-Star Games are spoken for already, as they will be hosted at Nationals Park and Progressive Field, respectively. Beyond that, though, the door is open. Dodger Stadium hasn’t hosted an All-Star Game since 1980. That’s the longest drought in baseball, followed by the Expos/Nationals who haven’t hosted since 1982.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.