Is it time to start wondering if the Los Angeles Dodgers should never be tasked with hosting the MLB All-Star Game ever again?
The last time Dodger Stadium held the event was back in 1980. Yup! It’s somehow now been 42 years while teams like the Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, LA Angels, Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins have been awarded the Midsummer Classic at least twice since the 1981 season.
The Dodgers are one of few renowned franchises in all of baseball, yet have gone this long in between welcoming the best players in MLB to their stomping grounds? Seems a little bit farfetched.
But perhaps there’s a reason. Because LA was gearing up to host the 2020 All-Star Game, which was canceled due to the global pandemic (in addition to the owners making the situation much worse with their awful negotiating). Then, while Dodger Stadium couldn’t get the event in 2021 since it was already taking place in Atlanta (uh, well, then Colorado), they were handed the keys to the 2022 gathering.
And now baseball could be in an extended lockout following Tuesday’s news of canceled games to start the year.
The Dodgers hosting the All-Star Game may get interrupted … again.
Seriously, what gives? A once-in-a-lifetime pandemic derailed the Dodgers on the grand stage and now a totally avoidable lockout could do the same?! In the span of three years?! Though LA was rewarded by securing a World Series in 2020, it just didn’t have the same feel as a full season with true home games with fans at Dodger Stadium in addition to the ASG.
With the uncertainty of the lockout looming over baseball at the moment, the Dodgers could be faced with a similar situation as they were two years ago. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred only canceled the first two series of the season, but the owners indicated they’d be willing to miss a month of action should it reach that point.
And who’s to say it won’t be longer? Remember, right before the offseason commenced, many of the trusted baseball insiders relayed their belief that the CBA negotiations more than likely wouldn’t have affected the start of the 2022 season. Now, we’re here.
Maybe they underestimated how bad a commissioner Manfred truly is. Maybe they were unaware the Dodgers trying to host the All-Star Game again was a potential bad luck common denominator.
Must we forget? Back in 1980 when the Dodgers welcomed the league’s All-Stars to LA, there was a preseason strike that forced the cancellation of the final eight days of spring training from April 1-8, but didn’t affect the regular season.
This time, it’s the owners going on their version of a strike and there’s no realistic end in sight.