The Miami Marlins will finally host an All-Star Game when the 2017 contest comes to Marlins Park, according to a report from the Miami Herald.
The franchise was originally awarded the 2000 All-Star Game by Major League Baseball but the honor was ultimately taken away in 1998. That game ended up in Atlanta which had a new ballpark at the time. The Marlins were still playing in what is now known as Sun Life Stadium and were coming off a dismal season.
When the Marlins were seeking funding for their new park, MLB officials stepped in to help out. Part of the pitch was the opportunity for future All-Star Games. This has been the norm for MLB and teams around the league when they seek new stadiums.
“In getting these ballparks built, we made a lot of promises to cities about getting All-Star Games,” former commissioner Bud Selig said last month.
The Marlins had hopes of landing the 2015 All-Star Game but it ended up going to the Cincinnati Reds. The plan was to get a couple of years of service out of the park before hosting the Mid-Summer Classic.
The day prior to the 2017 All-Star Game will be the annual Home Run Derby. Giancarlo Stanton is a likely candidate for participation in that derby. Not only did Stanton put on a show in the 2014 derby, but he would be able to take swings in his own park for this one.
The Marlins will begin spring training on February 20th when pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter.