NEW YORK — The Midsummer Classic is coming to the Lone Star State.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred introduced Thursday the Texas Rangers will host the All-Star Game in 2024, marking the second time the franchise will host the festivities. The staff beforehand held the 1995 All-Star Game, however the 2024 occasion would be the first at Globe Life Field, which opened in 2020.
“The Rangers stepped up under difficult circumstances and Globe Life Field served as terrific host for the 2020 Postseason, including the World Series,” Manfred stated in an announcement. “We are excited to once again feature Baseball’s newest ballpark on a global stage next summer.”
While there was no announcement on who will host the sport in 2025, the Mariners will host in 2023 and the Phillies will host in 2026.
In a information convention at MLB’s workplaces Thursday, Manfred additionally addressed the letter despatched by baseball legend Pete Rose, who pleaded for an opportunity to be thought of for the Hall of Fame and once more apologized for his Nineteen Eighties playing scandal. As Manfred has acknowledged previously, he believes gamers who wager on baseball belong on the completely ineligible record.
“When I dealt with the issue the last time he applied for reinstatement, I made clear that I didn’t think the function of that baseball list was the same as the eligibility criteria for the Hall of Fame,” Manfred stated. “That remains my position. I think it’s a conversation that really belongs in the Hall of Fame board. I’m on that board, and it’s just not appropriate for me to get in front of that conversation.”
Additionally, Manfred stated FTX — the cryptocurrency agency that collapsed in current weeks — wouldn’t return as a sponsor in 2023. FTX beforehand appeared on the uniform patches for umpires in the course of the 2022 season.
“The FTX development was a little jarring,” Manfred stated. “We have been really careful moving forward in this space. We’ve been really religious about staying away from coins themselves as opposed to more company-based sponsorships. We think that was prudent particularly given the way things unfolded. We will proceed with caution in the future.”
With the unionization of the minor leagues, the league and the MLBPA are at present in ongoing negotiations over a collective bargaining settlement. Manfred stated the league and MLBPA haven’t had conversations past their targets for negotiations.
“The natural timeline would be to try to get it done during the offseason,” Manfred stated. “We always do better negotiating during the offseason so the natural sort of expectation would be to try to get something done before Opening Day.”
The league additionally introduced the creation of MLB University, a career-development program designed to organize numerous, mid-level entrance workplace executives for development to senior baseball operations or on-field roles. The program is being led by senior vp for on-field operations Michael Hill.
Additionally, Manfred stated the league is dedicated to the requirement that groups interview minority candidates throughout hiring processes. The Selig Rule, created in 1999, requires groups to interview minorities when filling vacancies for managers, basic managers, assistant basic managers, scouting administrators and minor league administrators.
“We don’t see it as an either/or between the interview requirement or educational undertaking,” Manfred stated. “We think you got to do both to make sure that you have the best possible candidates who are available for interviews. In terms of MLB University, I think it’s just a broader, more detailed curriculum than anything we’ve done in the past.”