Next year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Baltimore is the “leading contender” to host the midsummer classic in 2016.
I don’t know about you, but it feels like just yesterday that Oriole Park at Camden Yards last hosted the All-Star Game and Ken Griffey, Jr. famously hit the warehouse on Eutaw Street in the Home Run Derby. However, that was actually way back in 1993, which was the second year of the stadium’s existence. Most of the new stadiums that have hosted the All-Star Game since have emulated the style and/or feel of Camden Yards, so it feels rather appropriate that they circle back to it.
As for 2017, Nightengale writes that the Marlins or Padres are the likely favorites. The Nationals have been campaigning to host an All-Star Game at their new stadium, but if it goes to the Marlins or Padres, that would likely push them back to at least 2019. Chicago might also be a candidate by then, with their renovations of Wrigley Field and the surrounding areas expected to be completed by 2018.