(Baltimore, MD) On a day that seemed more like September than August Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig took some time out from the owners meetings to address a few issues.
He told the crowd of media at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Baltimore that Oriole Park at Camden Yard was a “prime candidate” to host the 2016 All Star Game. He also said that Nationals Park about 45 miles to the south in our nation’s capital will also host an All Star Game in the not too distant future.
“Before I leave office, I’m going to a number of All-Star games, including 2016,” Selig said. “I think Baltimore certainly is a prime candidate. Washington also is a viable candidate to host an All-Star Game within the next few years,” said Selig.
Selig hopes to see the feud between the Orioles and Washington Nationals’ TV rights resolved. Orioles owner Peter Angelos owns MASN, which televises Nationals games as a result of an agreement when the team moved from Montreal. The Nationals want a larger share of the profits, and MASN isn’t willing to fork it over.
“MASN is an inner-club dispute,” Selig said. “It’s an important goal before I step down. We’ve tried very hard, and we’ll continue to try. We’re doing everything we can.”
Selig also says that the dispute will not impact Baltimore’s chances for hosting the 2016 All Star Game. Selig told reporters that both Baltimore and Washington are being considered for future All Star Games.
Baltimore last hosted an All Star Game in the early days of Oriole Park back in 1993 and that night the game was won by the American League 9-3. The Twins Kirby Puckett was the games Most Valuable Player and the winning pitcher was the Chicago White Sox star Jack McDowell.
As for the last All Star Game played in Washington, well that came back in 1969 at RFK Stadium. The game was won by the National League by a final score of 9-3. Winning the games Most Valuable Player was Willie McCovey, San Francisco Giants who hit two moon shot homeruns.
The winning pitcher was Phil Niekro of the Atlanta Braves, who was also the starter of the game.