By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The MLB All-Star Game is returning to Philadelphia, according to sources. The Phillies will host the game during the 2026 MLB season.
The Phillies are getting the game to mark 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
There will be a press conference on Tuesday, according to sources, to make the official announcement. At the press conference, there will be Commissioner Rob Manfred, Phillies owner John Middleton, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.
The press conference is scheduled for 2 pm on Tuesday, April 16th. It will be held on Market Street, between 5th and 6th streets in front of Independence Hall.
Current and former Phillies will be present. Plus, broadcaster Tom McCarthy and announcer Dan Baker will be present.
The Phillie Phanatic and the Phillies Ballgirls will also be there.
When the Phillies host the All-Star Game in 2026, it’ll mark the 30-year anniversary of their last All-Star Game. The National League won the game 6-0 over the American League on July 9, 1996 at Veterans Stadium.
Mike Piazza was the MVP of the contest. Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz was the winning pitcher, while Cleveland Indians pitcher Charles Nagy was the losing pitcher.
This will be the fourth-time the Phillies have hosted the All-Star Game. Besides 1996, the team also hosted the game in 1976.
The National League won that contest 7-1 on July 13, 1976.
In addition, the Phillies hosted the game at Shibe Park in a 3-2 win by the National League on July 10, 1951.
The Philadelphia Athletics (now the Oakland Athletics) also hosted the game at Shibe Park in Philadelphia in 1943. The American League won 5-3 over the National League on July 13, 1943.
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