Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred talked during the All-Star festivities in Miami last month about his excitement and expectations for the 2018 edition of the Midsummer Classic, which will be held on the nation’s capital.
“Each and every year we try to pick a city that's excited about having the All-Star Game,” Manfred told reporters. “The entire Nationals organization as well as local government in Washington, is very excited to have an All-Star Game.
“I think the opportunity to be in the nation's capital is a unique one for us. And I'm sure it will be another good year for us.”
It will be the fifth time D.C. has hosted the All-Star Game (1937, 1956, 1962, 1969) with the most recent one in 1969 in RFK Stadium. It will, obviously, be the first time it’s held in Nationals Park, which opened in 2008.
"The game will take place a decade after the beautiful park here was opened,” Manfred said last summer, in announcing that D.C. would be the host city in 2018.
“Nationals Park has already hosted a postseason, but we think the All-Star Game will be another opportunity to showcase this fantastic facility."
Bryce Harper has said publicly that he’ll participate in the Home Run Derby (if he is in fact on the All-Star team next season), which should generate some excitement in the fanbase, which hasn’t had a participant in the Derby since Harper participated in 2013.
Interest is sure to pick up as we get closer to the 2018 ASG, but the organization is on the clock already, and they took another step in the years-long process of pulling off an All-Star Game today when they unveiled the logo for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game:
Here it is, the official logo of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, to be held in DC. pic.twitter.com/jgK2Nz4Y5M— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) July 26, 2017