"It makes sense the Cubs get an opportunity ... after the new renovations are complete," Manfred said on Saturday during an appearance on Chicago's 670 the Score radio station. "This will provide the Cubs and Ricketts family a chance to showcase the unbelievable renovation they are in the midst of doing for Wrigley Field."
Major League Baseball has announced the location of the next three All-Star Games through 2018 -- which will be in San Diego, Miami and Washington, respectively. Despite the high number of National League ballparks set to host the game, MLB announced the "home" team during the game will rotate every year.
The host cities are decided by a bidding process, and MLB generally informs a city three years in advance of when the game will take place. The Cubs are not expected to be finished with renovations until 2018-19, which could potentially put them in line to host the Midsummer Classic around then or shortly after.
"I think three years is a pretty good lead time," Manfred said. "We have a number of games [awarded] through Washington [in 2018]. We will have an open and competitive process, as I stated. The timing is a little indefinite on that."
Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.