Dodgers Finally Get the All Star Game They Deserve
By Sunit Bhakta
It has taken four decades, but the Los Angeles Dodgers will finally get to host another All-Star Game.
The official announcement will not be made until Wednesday, but reports are that the Los Angeles Dodgers have won the right to host the 2020 All-Star Game. One of the most historic franchises in baseball is getting what it deserves.
The last time they hosted one was in 1980, which will make it 40 years since they last hosted the exhibition game, and just the third time overall the city of Los Angeles has hosted the Midsummer Classic (no, Anaheim does not count). This year’s game will be in the nation’s capital of Washington D.C. and next year will be in Cleveland.
Considering that LA is the second largest city and market in the country, it is surprising that it has taken 38 years just to get another game back. There have been other smaller markets that have hosted multiple games during this span.
Love or hate the city of LA; it is arguably the best city to host such an event. It is the Entertainment Capital of the World, the City of Stars. And with an exhibition game and Home Run Derby, the Midsummer Classic is all about the game’s most entertaining players and its biggest and brightest stars.
Not to mention, Chavez Ravine has the largest seating capacity of any baseball stadium in Major League Baseball. That means more revenue for the sport. Being in Los Angeles would also give players and the league an opportunity to expand their names and exposure.
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It is also a bit awkward when the city hosting does not have any big names or worthy candidates to play in the game. But the Dodgers will not have that problem. Depending on what happens with Clayton Kershaw this winter, LA can have him, Corey Seager, and Cody Bellinger all starting.
Clayton Kershaw starting and representing the Dodgers in his home stadium would be a special moment and something that does not happen too often for all-time great pitchers. And it might even be his first ever start in an All-Star Game (which is crazy to think), assuming Dave Roberts elects to go with his ace this summer, which the smart money is on.
There might even be another guy who could be repping blue the summer of 2020. That is one, Bryce Harper, who is a free agent after the 2018 season. Having four of the game’s absolute elite would be fitting for such a big market team in their own city.
The Los Angeles Lakers showed in 2011 and 2018 that Los Angeles-based franchises know how to host an All-Star game. While we are still two years away, it is hard not to get excited. I guarantee you the players are.