Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred held a press conference at Dodger Stadium to officially announce that the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the 2020 MLB All-Star Game.
The game will be returning to Chavez Ravine for the first time since 1980. The 40-year drought for the Midsummer Classic in Los Angeles was the longest in baseball. The Washington Nationals are hosting the 2018 game, followed by the Cleveland Indians next season.
Wednesday’s announcement was attended by several Dodgers, both from the past and present. Manager Dave Roberts, Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner were among those to speak, while Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe and others were in attendance.
Although he was not on hand, retired broadcaster Vin Scully narrated a special video that accompanied the announcement, via the Dodgers’ Twitter account:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 11, 2018
Dodgers president Stand Kasten also spoke at the press conference, and among the highlights said that the team has been working on hosting the All-Star Game since the Guggenheim ownership group assumed control in 2012.
With so many great sporting events coming to Los Angeles in the near future, such as the Olympics in 2028, the MLB All-Star game will certainly be among the most special. It might even be special enough for Scully to make an appearance, although that will remain to be seen.