Marlins targeting 2015 All-Star Game

Marlins targeting 2015 All-Star Game

Marlins targeting 2015 All-Star Game
MIAMI -- Opening Night for the Marlins may be 32 days away, but the organization already is looking ahead to what it hopes will be a major marquee event for Miami.

The 2015 All-Star Game remains a top priority for the Marlins.

Now that the Marlins have a state-of-the-art ballpark, they are as confident as ever that the Midsummer Classic will occur in three years.

"We're still planning for 2015," Marlins president David Samson said. "We're going to work with the Commissioner and apply."

In recent years, when the Marlins were negotiating with the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County to secure their new ballpark, MLB stressed that it would strongly consider giving the market an All-Star Game. The year 2015 is regarded as the most realistic and open year.

"We're fully prepared and excited to host it," Samson said.

The Marlins will open their 2012 season on April 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park.

On Saturday, fans got a taste of what's ahead in their retractable-roof facility, which has a capacity of 37,000. The team held its annual FanFest -- the first one at Marlins Park.

Along with eyeing the 2015 All-Star Game, the Marlins also anticipate being a host site for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

"We expect to host the World Baseball Classic here," Samson said. "It's just a matter of whether we host the second round or the finals. But the World Baseball Classic and Miami? It's just a natural."

The Marlins' former home, Sun Life Stadium, was used in the semifinal round in 2009.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.