Twins to host MLB All-Star game for the third time in 2014
By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: August 29th, 2012 at 11:57 pm EST
The Minnesotw Twins wil host the 2014 All-Star Game. The 85th Midsummer Classic at Target Field was announced by Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.
Selig made the announcement at a press conference, where he was joined by Twins owner Jim Pohlad, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Ryback, and Hennepin Count Board Chairman Mike Opat. Several former Twins players, who appeared in past All-Star games, were at the press conference, as well.
“It is my great honor to name the Minnesota Twins as the hosts of the 2014 All-Star Game,” Selig said. “This is especially meaningful to me because of my close personal and professional relationship with Carl Pohlad, who was one of the finest owners in professional sports. The Midsummer Classic will be a celebration of Carl’s legacy, one of our game’s model franchises and the spectacular Target Field, which deserves to be showcased on this global stage.”
The game will be played on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 at Target Field. This will also serve as the third time that the team has hosted the Midsummer Classic.
Metropolitan Stadium hosted the 1965 All-Star game, in which the National League won 6-5 over the American League. This game also featured 18 Hall of Famers.
“I remember being lucky enough, as a starry-eyed kid, to attend the 1965 All-Star Game at the old Met Stadium,” said R.T. Rybak, Mayor, City of Minneapolis. “Holding this game in Minneapolis almost 50 years later, at the best new park in baseball, will be another unforgettable experience for all of us – and it will have a huge, positive financial impact on our city. Now we’re going to get to work doing what we do best: being great hosts in the greatest host city in America.”
In 1985, the Twins hosted their second All-Star game, the 56th All-Star game, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The National League also won this game, a 6-1 win over American League.
Will the National League win three in a row? We’ll find out in two years when the Twins host the All-Star game.
Target Field debuted in 2010, as the new open-air home of the Twins in downtown Minneapolis. It is a stone-and-glass ballpark that is rooted around nature and the outdoors.
When Target Field was being built, it became the first LEED Silver Certification for both construction and operations. The Twins also became the first professional sports team to attain a LEED Silver Certification for the operation and maintenance of the stadium.
“It is an honor for the Minnesota Twins to be selected to host the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field,” said Jim Pohlad, Owner and CEO, Minnesota Twins. “The excitement of having the Midsummer Classic will permeate the Twin Cities and be a great showcase for our region and for our wonderful community asset, Target Field. My father and Commissioner Selig were very close, so we are thrilled to have the Commissioner at Target Field to announce an All-Star Game coming to the Twin Cities.”
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