In a move that seems to have taken everyone off-guard, the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale is reporting that, in a statement from Bud Selig, Marlins Park won't be hosting the next available All-Star Game after all, instead possibly getting a consolation prize of hosting a round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Selig told the Sun-Sentinel, "I haven't awarded the '13 or '14 All-Star games yet, so let me award that and then we'll talk about it." The declaration seems to surprise a lot of people, who were told the biggest secondary reason for building the new park was to draw the All-Star Game to anywhere in Florida for the first time, as the other two venues that have held Major League Baseball in the Sunshine State, Tropicana Field and Sun Life Stadium, were always considered "inadequate" to host the event.
Selig blames this miscue on the fact so many new parks have opened up in the past decades that there's now a backlog of-sorts in getting all the stadiums their week in the spotlight. Other potential National League parks that have been built in the last two decades and have yet to host the game are (in order of opening) Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PETCO Park in San Diego, Nationals Park in Washington, and Citi Field in New York City.
Because of all these potential venues, the case could be made the Marlins won't actually receive the All-Star Game until 2023, should all the newest parks bid for the event. So, maybe it was the thinking that as soon as it opens it will be a shoo-in for the Midsummer Classic was misguided. But those who are willing to be patient and wait will surely be rewarded with the promised prize. Miami should take this "sit-and-wait" cue from St. Petersburg, who two decades ago built a dome to draw a team, only to receive one eight years later. Fret not, as the All-Star Game will come your way, Miamians; you just need a lot more patience.