SEATTLE – When the Seattle Mariners started on their way to the Major League Baseball All-Star game, the goal was 2024 or later.
Earlier this year, when Major League Baseball asked the team if 2023 was a possibility, the Mariners went into second gear.
“I think with some of the reshuffles that have taken place, the 2023 season has become the most viable,” said Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday. It takes a long time to present an All-Star game properly, but (Mariner’s president) John Stanton and his team did a fantastic job of getting ready earlier. “
The Mariners were formally introduced as hosts of the All-Star Game in 2023 on Thursday. The Seattle Squad presented the event in 1979, at Kingdome and in 2001 at Safeco Field.
22 years later, the mid-season classic will return to what is now T-Mobile Park.
“I think the 2023 All-Star Game will give us the opportunity to celebrate the entire region,” Stanton said. I think you will agree with me that there is no more beautiful place in midsummer in America than Seattle. “
When Seattle welcomes the best players from the Majors, it will be the third year in a row that the All-Star game is played in the western part of the country.
This year, the All-Star Game was moved from Atlanta to Denver due to a discriminatory law passed in Georgia. Dodger Stadium will host the classic in 2022, when it was planned to host the event in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the match to be canceled.
Mariner’s bid was led by senior vice president Randy Adamack, who has been with the organization for 44 of its 45 seasons.
Adamack said that 2023 was part of the first talks, but initially “some pieces of the puzzle were not in place.” Other discussions had lifted the year 2027 to celebrate the team’s 50 years.
Adamack added that Major League Baseball talked about 2023 earlier this year, but booking hotels was the most complex task.
“Everything has fallen into place in recent months, and here we are today with the game,” he said.
The Mariners have secured a partnership with First and Goal, which operates Lumen Field, where the Seahawks, in the NFL, and Sounders, in the MLS, play. The stadium and the surrounding areas will be used for activities with fans.