Dodgers angle for 2013 ASG bid
McCourt hopes to host Midsummer Classic after renovations
ANAHEIM -- Now that the Angels have been awarded the 2010 All-Star Game, the Dodgers are vying to bring it back to the Los Angeles area again in 2013 or as soon all major renovations to Dodger Stadium are complete."It's a ways away, but what I'd love to see happen is for us to complete our project and really cap it off with an All-Star Game," Frank McCourt, the Dodgers owner and chairman told MLB.com on Wednesday. "I think that would be a great gift to our fans. Keep in mind that more fans have come out to see the Dodgers play than any other sports franchise in history. And that's what the All-Star Game is all about, rewarding the fans."
The 2010 game will be the fourth in history to be played in the Los Angeles area and sixth in Southern California. The Dodgers haven't hosted one since 1980, the only time the game was played at Dodger Stadium.Commissioner Bud Selig, though, was non-committal about that prospect, telling reporters after the press conference at Angel Stadium that he has had no discussions with McCourt and that he'd like to grant the 2011 and 2012 games first, adding, "I have a long line of National League teams that want the game." "I must have 15 or 20 [applications] right now and most of them will take any year they can get their hands on it," he said. "It has been amazing and has made my job much more difficult. Every time I award an All-Star Game I get a bunch of calls. Tomorrow I'll have a bunch of calls wondering why it wasn't them." The New York Yankees are hosting this year's game on July 15 during what is the final season at the current Yankee Stadium. The 2009 game has already been awarded to the Cardinals, who will be in their fourth season in Busch Stadium III. And now the 2010 game is also secure. Selig wouldn't say which teams are in line for future games, but he did assert again that he would go back to the old format. After Pittsburgh and San Francisco of the National League hosted back-to-back games in 2006 and 2007, Selig said he was determined to utilize the traditional rotation of one year at an AL site and the next at an NL site. That means 2011 will go to an NL team, with the Diamondbacks lobbying heavily for that All-Star Game because Chase Field is now the oldest of this generation's ballparks to have never hosted one. The stadium in downtown Phoenix was opened in 1998. In 2012, it will be back to the AL and Selig already has promised to consider awarding that game to Kansas City once renovations to Kauffman Stadium are complete. Dodger Stadium is expected to be the site for the semifinals and finals of next year's second World Baseball Classic, but details are still being worked out and a formal announcement may not come until sometime in June. Selig said that wouldn't necessarily preclude the Dodgers from also hosting an All-Star Game. "I don't know that it would have an impact," Selig said. "But I take a lot of factors, a lot of variables in mind." The Dodgers are anxious to lock in the Classic. And the fact that they haven't hosted the All-Star Game in 28 years at this point is of no significance, said McCourt, whose family purchased the team from News Corp. in 2004. "That's immaterial to me," McCourt said. "The key is to get the All-Star Game out here to Southern California. I think it's great that it's going to be at Angel Stadium so fans in Southern California can enjoy it. But I think it really, really would be wonderful, the cherry on the cake if we can get the game and really showcase the new Dodger Stadium."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.