Reds Reportedly Get All-Star Game in 2015, Could Push Cubs Back to 2019 at the Earliest

mlb logoThe 2015 All-Star Game is coming to my neck of the woods, relatively speaking. According to John Fay, the Cincinnati Reds will host the 2015 All-Star Game, the first at their new-ish ballpark, Great American Ballpark. The Reds last hosted the All-Star Game in 1988, and an announcement could come as soon as tomorrow.

Many folks believe the Chicago Cubs have been, and will be, pushing to host the All-Star Game at Wrigley Field once their renovations are completed, or are at least mostly complete. Well, the five-year renovation time frame makes things tricky, together with the Reds news. The Nationals were believed by some insiders to be getting that game, so they’re instantly a favorite for 2017 (the game generally alternates between leagues each year).

Might, then, the Cubs not get the All-Star Game until 2019? Well, the renovation won’t be fully complete, according to the currently-proposed schedule, until the 2018 season, so maybe 2017 wouldn’t have worked anyway. The Cubs last had the All-Star Game in 1990, so the time frame is appropriate from that perspective, as well. For what it’s worth, Bud Selig has suggested he’d be willing to promise the All-Star Game to the Cubs in the near future as a carrot to the city of Chicago with respect to helping out on the Wrigley renovations (the All-Star Game brings with it a healthy economic impact).

So, yeah, 2019 is starting to look like it’ll be a fit, but, of course, there are other new parks to visit, too.

This year’s All-Star Game is at Citi Field in New York, and next year’s entry is at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

13 responses to “Reds Reportedly Get All-Star Game in 2015, Could Push Cubs Back to 2019 at the Earliest”

  1. ReiCow

    Isn’t it Great American Ball Park? (Or is there some joke I’m not getting..)

    Moo.

  2. David

    Rumor had been that the Cubs might have been seeking special permission from the league to do it in 2016 for their 100 year anniversary in the park. A good portion of the renovations would be done by then, including probably the most important to out hopes of an ASG, the clubhouses.

  3. Troy

    Brett,
    I was wondering if u were going to do a piece on what u think the cubs minor league rosters will be at AAA, AA, and A+. Maybe just lineups and rotation. Could be fun. I think the AAA rotation will be good as well as the lineup in Kane county

  4. Troy

    I left out A

  5. Andy G

    Just like Chicago and the Bears screwed up the remake of soldier field, I think the plans for Wrigley are equally as “lame”. I know the cubs timing is rough from an economic standpoint, but the new plans won’t remake the field from an outsider’s viewpoint. It looks like a “touch-up” rather than a rebuild. Just an opinion.

    1. David

      They’re not trying to remake Wrigley. They’re trying to restore it and update it.

      1. Nate Corbitt

        Exactly. It’s not supposed to be a rebuild. It’s supposed to be an update. I don’t see the problem there.

        1. Andy G

          Since it is just an update, I don’t see why MLB would award the all star game to a small update. The stadium needs more than what they are suggesting.

  6. fearbobafett

    Blow it up and start over, that will take care of things. Yes I am in the minority that could care less and either want improvements made or move elsewere. I would still love to see the cubs move and then show those who are fighting them in the politcal arena what thier fight resulted in and how that area went into the crapper from a financial stand-point becuase they are left with an empty historcial landmark.

    1. itzscott

      “I am in the minority that could care less and either want improvements made or move elsewere.”

      Old song lyrics that are as true today as they were then….

      Don’t it always seem to go
      That you don’t know what you’ve got
      ‘Til it’s gone