2020 MLB All-Star game canceled
|Friday, July 3, 2020, 11:44 AM- -|
The COVID-10 pandemic continues to cause havoc, including the sports world.
The latest fallout is that the 2020 MLB All-Star game will not be played this season because of COVID-19 concerns announced by Major League Baseball on Friday.
"Once it became clear we were unable to hold this year's All-Star festivities, we wanted to award the Dodgers with the next available All-Star Game, which is 2022," Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "I want to thank the Dodgers organization and the city of Los Angeles for being collaborative partners in the early stages of All-Star preparation and for being patient and understanding in navigating the uncertainty created by the pandemic. The 2022 All-Star celebration promises to be a memorable one with events throughout the city and at picturesque Dodger Stadium."
The Dodgers were supposed to host the 2020 All-Star game, so they have been awarded the Midsummer Classic in 2022.
"As excited as we were to host this year's All-Star Game, we know that it will be worth the wait and that Dodger Stadium and Los Angeles will host a world-class event in 2022," Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said. "We'd like to thank Commissioner Rob Manfred for re-awarding All-Star Week to Los Angeles so quickly, as well as mayor Eric Garcetti and council member Gil Cedillo for their continued support of this premier sporting event, which will have lasting benefits for our community."
It will be the third MLB All-Star game that will be played in Los Angeles.
MLB announced today that the 2020 All-Star Game, which was scheduled to be hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the City of Los Angeles, is being cancelled. With the Atlanta Braves already named as host of the 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta, the Dodgers will host in 2022.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 3, 2020