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Where should the ASG be played? (no politics)

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#21 Squirrel

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 07:29 AM

I think it should be in Chicago. We have two MLB teams and stadiums here ... we can play half the game in one, the move it to the other and finish it off ... from one crappy stadium to another crappy, albeit iconic, stadium. :)

 

In the other thread someone suggested Milwaukee, because the game was going to honor Hank Aaron, and the connection of the Braves there might be fitting.

 

Another suggested LA. It's been a long time since it was there, they were going to have it in 2022, so, just move it up a year?

 

I think Minneapolis would be a nice spot, too. Great stadium, good weather in July, beautiful city ... what's not to like there?

 

As I said above ... NO POLITICS. The decision has been made, regardless your opinion on it. Move forward.

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 07:33 AM

 

Not going to happen in a year where the Japanese are not permitting foreign visitors for the Olympics.

I thought I had posted the following already, but now I don't see it. My apologies if it appears twice.

 

Regarding 2021, I agree. I was speaking in more general terms about where a suitable neutral baseball venue might be.

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 08:01 AM

The obvious choice is LA, in my opinion. They’re the champs and missed out on hosting the 2020 ASG.

With that said, Manfred will probably choose the AAA stadium in Portland because he’s Rob Manfred.
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Posted 04 April 2021 - 08:05 AM

Toronto

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 08:08 AM

 

Toronto

There is no guarantee we'd be able to travel there, so, for this year, it has to stay in the U.S.

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 08:11 AM

LA or Anaheim are easy and obvious choices if California allows full stadiums by July. Lots of hotel rooms, a city used to holding big events, and LA has jumped in before to save events that lost their home.

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 08:20 AM

How about we just scrap the game altogether. The season is in danger of running into November if playoffs get expanded, so let's get rid of an unnecessary week off in July. Play ball!!

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 08:36 AM

Here is a list of Negro League stadiums still standing. There are 6 stadiums. Rickwood Field is still in use. I would pick one of these 6 stadiums. Potential negatives are the stadiums are smaller and will hold fewer people. They playing fields may not be up to modern safety standards.

Edited to add Bighat in the now closed thread had also suggested Rickwood Field.

https://ballparkdige...gues-ballparks/
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Posted 04 April 2021 - 09:02 AM

How about we just scrap the game altogether. The season is in danger of running into November if playoffs get expanded, so let's get rid of an unnecessary week off in July. Play ball!!

This is the best common sense idea.


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Posted 04 April 2021 - 09:15 AM

I saw some baseball people saying Oakland as the replacement since they havent had one since 1988. That's great and all, but do these people see the poor condition the Coliseum is in? I can't ever imagine MLB taking the game to Oakland while they are still in the Coliseum.

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 10:01 AM

Here are some ideas - States and Stadia for this year’s All-Star Game:

Wisconsin: American Family Field - Brewers (as long as the nearby recycling plant doesn’t catch fire, this is a beautiful stadium, no rain outs). Even though he played with the Braves, Hank Aaron can still be properly honored in the city where he began his career.

Kentucky: Louisville Slugger Field - Louisville has supported AAA baseball with high attendance for years (often leading all minor league teams). It’s a beautiful ballpark. The Louisville Bats are the minor league team, and offer a poignant double entendre.

North Carolina: Durham Bulls Athletic Park - Great Stadium designed by the designers of Camden Yards. Durham is almost synonymous with minor league baseball even before the iconic movie Bull Durham. This is a successful franchise (like Louisville) deserving of this game.


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Posted 04 April 2021 - 10:23 AM

 

The obvious choice is LA, in my opinion. They’re the champs and missed out on hosting the 2020 ASG.

With that said, Manfred will probably choose the AAA stadium in Portland because he’s Rob Manfred.

 

Great comment. I agree with your rationale. 

 

If California seems too "political" for some, I say drop it in the middle of the country. Kansas City is a great venue for the midsummer classic.


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Posted 04 April 2021 - 10:30 AM

 

Regarding 2021, I agree. I was speaking in more general terms about where a suitable neutral baseball venue might be.

 

Personally, I love the idea of Japan in any year other than this year. My wife is Japanese and, having lived in Tokyo years ago, I know how much the people love baseball. My wife actually cares about the Twins now because we have Maeda. She wants to stream Padres games because Darvish now pitches for the local nine.

 

Crowd noise and enthusiasm levels would not be problems if an All Star Game was played in the Tokyo Dome or another of Tokyo's pro baseball stadiums. Transportation and accommodations either. Tokyo is an incredible city. 

 

It's not like baseball doesn't travel well either. It's hugely popular in several pockets of the world, including the Caribbean, parts of South America, and East Asia. Also, growing baseball is a current priority. What better way than taking the showcase game of America's Pastime on the road? Staging it in Japan will include some heavy logistical lifting around language, travel costs, and jet lag, but I'd love to see it happen. In the short term the Olympics are likely to muddy the waters because so costly and cursed. I could see an ASG in Tokyo maybe in 2024 or 2025. That would be cool.

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 12:18 PM

 

The thin Martian atmosphere probably would aid them in their quest.
 

 

And in Mars' lower gravity, the baseball will only weigh about a third of what it does on Earth. In addition to its effect on hitting, it would allow Dick Bremer's trademark warning track fly ball crescendos to last three times as long.

 

Also, don't forget that the players will also weigh a third as much on Mars, so just imagine the defensive prowess of a 200 pound Miguel Sano...

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 04:14 PM

Maybe the "Field Of Dreams" in Iowa? Get Costner and James Earl Jones to throw out the first pitches.
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Posted 04 April 2021 - 04:24 PM

 

The obvious choice is LA, in my opinion. They’re the champs and missed out on hosting the 2020 ASG.

With that said, Manfred will probably choose the AAA stadium in Portland because he’s Rob Manfred.

 

Exactly. It should be at Dodger Stadium.

They got it taken away last season. 

It should be the only choice.

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 05:00 PM

 

The obvious choice is LA, in my opinion. They’re the champs and missed out on hosting the 2020 ASG.
 

And, as I said before in another thread, being currently scheduled for 2022 they probably already have some people and plans in place so I expect it would be easier for them to ramp up than it would be for any other location.


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Posted 04 April 2021 - 05:29 PM

Well ... there's always an apple or two ... locking it down. Enough is enough. Don't start another one.

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