Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today announced that Major League Baseball has awarded the 2019 All-Star Game Presented by MasterCard and accompanying All-Star Week festivities to the Cleveland Indians.
This marks the sixth time that Cleveland will host the Midsummer Classic. It will be the 90th edition of the All- Star Game, the oldest event of its kind. This will be the second time that Progressive Field serves as host of the jewel event, joining 1997, when it was known as Jacobs Field. Previously, Cleveland Stadium was the site of the All-Star Game in 1935 (the third in the event's history) as well as 1954, 1963 and 1981.
Commissioner Manfred said: "Last year's World Series was a great illustration of the rich baseball history in Cleveland. We are delighted that the 2019 All-Star Game will be in Cleveland with the Indians' loyal fans during an exciting time for the franchise. Major League Baseball looks forward to bringing the 90th Midsummer Classic to downtown Cleveland in 2019 to celebrate the best of our sport."
"On behalf of the Indians organization, we are truly honored and thankful to Major League Baseball for being awarded the 2019 All-Star Week festivities," said Indians Owner Paul Dolan. "This is a very exciting time for our city and organization. We have had tremendous excitement coming off our American League Championship and historic World Series appearance. This announcement will only build on that heightened profile and momentum."
"2019 will mark the 25th anniversary of our ballpark (Jacobs/Progressive Field), a timeframe where generations of our fans have experienced tremendous memories. With significant renovations over the last two years, our ballpark truly is a crowned jewel in the sports industry. We look forward to putting on a great show for Major League Baseball and fans all around the world."
The Indians will follow this year's Midsummer Classic hosts, the Miami Marlins, and the Washington Nationals in 2018. The 2017 Midsummer Classic is slated for Tuesday, July 11th at Marlins Park in Miami, marking the first time that the Marlins will host the event in their franchise history.