NEW YORK — The Midsummer Classic is coming to the Lone Star State.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Thursday that the Texas Rangers will host the All-Star Game in 2024, the second time the franchise will host the festivities. The team previously hosted the 1995 All-Star Game, but the 2024 event will be the first at Globe Life Field, which opened in 2020.
“The Rangers stepped up under difficult circumstances and Globe Life Field served as an incredible host for the 2020 Postseason, including the World Series,” Manfred said in a statement. “We are excited to once again showcase baseball’s new stadium on the world stage next summer.”
While it has not been announced who will host the game in 2025, the Mariners will host in 2023 and the Phillies will host in 2026.
At a press conference at MLB offices on Thursday, Manfred also addressed a letter sent by baseball legend Pete Rose, who asked for a chance to be considered for the Hall of Fame and also apologized for the scandal. home of gambling in the 1980s. As Manfred has said in the past, he believes that baseball players are on the ineligible list forever.
“When I was dealing with this the last time he applied for reinstatement, I made it clear that I don’t think the work on that baseball list is the same as the criteria for eligibility for the Hall of Fame, ” said Manfred. “That’s still my position. I think that’s a conversation that really belongs to the Hall of Fame board. It’s about that board, and I shouldn’t get in front of that conversation.”
Additionally, Manfred said that FTX — the cryptocurrency firm that collapsed in recent weeks — would not return as a sponsor in 2023. FTX previously appeared on uniform pieces for umpires during of the year 2022.
“The development of FTX was a surprise,” said Manfred. “We’ve been very careful moving forward in this area. We’ve been really religious in avoiding the coins themselves as opposed to a lot of company-based charities. We think that was smart especially because of the way things turned out. We will proceed with caution. next time.”
With the minor league union, the league and the MLBPA are currently in ongoing negotiations regarding a collective bargaining agreement. Manfred said the league and the MLBPA have not had any discussions other than their intent to negotiate.
“The natural plan would be to try to do it in the spring,” Manfred said. “We always do better negotiations in the offseason so the natural expectation would be to try to get something done before Opening Day.”
The league also announced the creation of MLB University, a career development program designed to prepare front-office, middle-level managers for advancement to major baseball or on-field jobs. The program is led by senior vice president for field operations Michael Hill.
In addition, Manfred said the league is committed to the need for teams to negotiate with minorities during the recruiting process. The Selig Act, enacted in 1999, requires teams to consult with minor leaguers when filling vacancies for managers, general managers, assistant general managers, scouting directors and minor league managers.
“We don’t see it as either/or between the need for dialogue or academic work,” Manfred said. “We think you should do both to make sure you have the best candidates available for interviews. According to MLB University, I think it’s a broader, more detailed study. whatever we have done in the past.”