Padres Aim To Host 2016 All-Star Game


“Not four, not five, not six..” Sorry, I was channeling my inner LeBron James. The Padres don’t want to wait four or five years to host a future All-Star Game in America’s Finest City. They want to host now! President and C.E.O. of the Padres Mike Dee said he is aiming to host the 2016 All-Star Game, per Dennis Lin of the U-T San Diego.

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The difficult part about this is that usually the rotation goes by even-odd, National League-American League rotation style, with the American League hosting on even years, but since outgoing commissioner Bud Selig is leaving, he might break that trend and reward San Diego, even though next season’s 2015 All-Star Game is being hosted in an N.L. hosted ballpark at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. Remember now, the Padres named the palm tree plaza court “Bud Selig Hall Of Fame Plaza”. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.

If San Diego does a great job hosting this week’s winter meetings, which I doubt there wouldn’t be any indications why they wouldn’t, we could be looking at the 2016 All-Star Game instead of 2017, 2018 or later. But I’m sure the management would still love to just be chosen, whether it’s sooner or later.

This is San Diego’s first bid mailed since Petco Park opened in 2004 and San Diego has not hosted an All-Star Game since 1992 at then-Jack Murphy Stadium. If rewarded an All-Star Game, this would be the third All-Star Game hosted by the Padres. (1978, 1992)