Marlins hopeful to eventually land All-Star Game

MIAMI — Miami’s already lengthy wait to host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game will last even longer.

Cincinnati is being tabbed to host the 2015 Midsummer Classic, according to numerous reports.

For years, the Marlins were hopeful of securing the event. During negotiations with the city of Miami, and Miami-Dade County in the building of Marlins Park, MLB officials noted that new ballparks typically become sites for the All-Star Game.

Now, the organization and South Florida will have to wait for 2017, at the earliest. There also will be competition from Washington. So, Miami could be looking at 2019.

“We recognize that Cincinnati’s ballpark opened many years before Marlins Park,” Marlins president David Samson said in a statement. “We remain confident and hopeful that Miami will host a future All-Star Game.”

Marlins Park opened in 2012, and the Marlins endured a rough inaugural season. They finished with 93 losses and in last place in the National League East.

Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati opened in 2003.

Citi Field, home of the Mets, will be the setting of the 2013 All-Star Game, and Minnesota will be the host in 2014.

Cincinnati last had the All-Star Game in 1988.

The Marlins have never hosted the Midsummer Classic.

In the 1990s, the Marlins former home, Sun Life Stadium, was awarded the 2000 All-Star Game. Eventually, the site was switched to Turner Field in Atlanta.

– Joe Frisaro

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