Blue Jays want to host MLB All-Star Game in 2027
Team president Mark Shapiro said in an interview with Toronto sports radio on Tuesday that he was in talks with the MLBto host one of the next editions of the star game. The Blue Jays later confirmed to Radio-Canada that the edition in question was that of 2027.
I hope (our chances) are good. You’d have to call Commissioner (Rob) Manfred to find out, but we did submit a proposal to have a game here (in Toronto)Shapiro told the show Blair & Barker from Sportsnet.
Toronto has hosted major league baseball stars only once since the Blue Jays were founded in 1977. That was in 1991, just two years after the opening of the Rogers Centre, then called the skydome.
It’s been 30 years since there has been an all-star game here. Think how much the city has changed during this time […] The team was at its zenith, but the city has grown astronomically since. There are so many things to highlight. I can’t imagine a better showcase for Major League Baseball than having this mid-season classic in Toronto.added Shapiro.
Remember that the Rogers Center will undergo major renovations valued at $300 million to modernize its facilities in the coming years. This work will be completed for the start of the 2024 season.
Mark Shapiro offered no clue in an interview with Sportsnet as to why his organization isn’t betting on the 2024 or 2025 classics, which have yet to find takers. He was not available for an interview with Radio-Canada.
The next All-Star Game will be in Seattle, Washington in 2023. The 2026 edition will be held in Philadelphia as this year will mark the 250e anniversary of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence in this city.