The Los Angeles Dodgers officially unveiled the 2020 MLB All-Star Game logo during a press conference held in center field at Dodger Stadium. Commissioner Rob Manfred was joined by Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten, Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, manager Dave Roberts and several former and current players.
The logo celebrates the golden age of Hollywood, with the ‘All-Star Game’ wording appearing in a dynamic film scroll. The golden logo is contained in the signature hexagon shape that’s found throughout Dodger Stadium, and the team’s Dodger Blue coloring creates the logo’s dimension, while the small star incorporates a hint of red much like the Dodgers’ jersey.
Scully served as the emcee of the unveiling, and appropriately began the ceremony with his signature, “Hi, everybody, and very pleasant…”
The Dodgers are hosting an All-Star Game for the fourth time in franchise history. It’s their third in Los Angeles, second at Dodger Stadium, and first since 1980. In 1959, the Dodgers hosted the All-Star Game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
Their lone time staging the event in Brooklyn came at Ebbets Field in 1949, when Jackie Robinson made his first All-Star Game appearance.
Since the Dodgers last held the honor in 1980, a California team has hosted the All-Star Game seven times: California/Los Angeles Angels (1989, 2010), San Diego Padres (1992, 2016) and San Francisco Giants (1984, 2007). Furthermore, nine teams have twice played host during that same stretch.
In effort to gain further insight into putting together the jewel event, the Dodgers sent a group to observe how the Washington Nationals hosted the 2018 All-Star Game, and did so with the Cleveland Indians this year.
The Dodgers were awarded the 2020 All-Star Game back in April 2018, and it was during that formal ceremony where Kasten first mentioned forthcoming renovations at Dodger Stadium.
“The next two years will be very active for us,” Kasten said at the time. “I also think it will be a good time for us to maybe do our next set of upgrades, renovations and additions to Dodger Stadium.”
The 1980 Midsummer Classic was accompanied by the unveiling of a state-of-the-art ‘DiamondVision’ video board. It has since has been replaced with a 1080p video board, and an accompanying screen atop the pavilion in right field.
Dodger Stadium is undergoing sweeping improvements for the 2020 season, with a $100-million renovation bringing a revamped plaza area beyond center field that will entice fans to arrive well prior to first pitch and stay beyond the final out being recorded.