The Minnesota Twins, Major League Baseball and Bud Selig made it official today: the 2014 MLB All-Star Game will be played July 15 at Target Field.
"It is my great honor to name the Minnesota Twins as the hosts of the 2014 All-Star Game," Selig said in announcing the game today. "This is especially meaningful to me because of my close personal and professional relationship with Carl Pohlad, who was one of the finest owners in professional sports. The Midsummer Classic will be a celebration of Carl's legacy, one of our game's model franchises and the spectacular Target Field, which deserves to be showcased on this global stage."
"It is an honor for the Minnesota Twins to be selected to host the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field," said Jim Pohlad, Owner and CEO, Minnesota Twins. "The excitement of having the Midsummer Classic will permeate the Twin Cities and be a great showcase for our region and for our wonderful community asset, Target Field. My father and Commissioner Selig were very close, so we are thrilled to have the Commissioner at Target Field to announce an All-Star Game coming to the Twin Cities."
"I remember being lucky enough, as a starry-eyed kid, to attend the 1965 All-Star Game at the old Met Stadium," said R.T. Rybak, Mayor, City of Minneapolis. "Holding this game in Minneapolis almost 50 years later, at the best new park in baseball, will be another unforgettable experience for all of us -- and it will have a huge, positive financial impact on our city. Now we're going to get to work doing what we do best: being great hosts in the greatest host city in America."
The 2014 All-Star Game on Tuesday July 15, 2014 will mark the third time that the Twins will serve as hosts of the Midsummer Classic. Metropolitan Stadium hosted the 1965 All-Star Game, a 6-5 National League victory that featured 18 Hall of Famers, including Harmon Killebrew, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Juan Marichal and Willie Mays, as well as MLB Executive Vice Presidents Frank Robinson and Joe Torre.
In 1985, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome staged the 56th All-Star Game, a 6-1 N.L. victory that included Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, George Brett, Wade Boggs, Carlton Fisk, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken Jr., Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield.
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