NEW YORK — The Midsummer Classic comes to the Lone Star State.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Thursday that the Texas Rangers will host the All-Star Game in 2024, marking the franchise’s second time hosting the festivities. The team previously held the 1995 All-Star Game, but the 2024 event will be the first at Globe Life Field, which opened in 2020.
“The Rangers performed under difficult conditions and Globe Life Field was a great host for the 2020 Postseason, including the World Series,” Manfred said in a statement. “We are excited to once again showcase Baseball’s newest ballpark on a global stage next summer.”
While there is no announcement on who will host the game in 2025, the Mariners will host in 2023 and the Phillies in 2026.
At a press conference at MLB’s offices Thursday, Manfred also spoke about the letter from baseball legend Pete Rose, advocating a chance to be eligible for the Hall of Fame and apologizing again for his gambling scandal in the 1980s. As Manfred has stated in the past, he believes players who bet on baseball should be on the list of permanently ineligible players.
“When I addressed the issue the last time he applied for reinstatement, I made it clear that I didn’t think the function of that baseball list was the same as the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria,” Manfred said. “That remains my position. I think it’s a conversation that really belongs on the Hall of Fame board. I’m on that board and it’s just not appropriate for me to be in front of that conversation.”
In addition, Manfred said that FTX – the cryptocurrency company that collapsed in recent weeks – would not return as a sponsor in 2023. FTX previously appeared on the uniform patches for referees during the 2022 season.
“The FTX development was a bit shocking,” said Manfred. “We have been very careful moving forward in this space. We have been very religious about staying away from coins themselves as opposed to more corporate based sponsorships. We think that was wise, especially given the way things unfolded . We will proceed with caution in the future.”
The league and the MLBPA are currently negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with the minor league association. Manfred said the league and MLBPA have had no talks beyond their goals for negotiations.
“The natural timeline would be to try and get it done in the off-season,” said Manfred. “We always negotiate better during the off-season, so the natural expectation would be to try to get something done before Opening Day.”
The league also announced the creation of MLB University, a career development program designed to prepare diverse mid-level front office managers for advancement into senior baseball operations or on-field roles. The program is led by Michael Hill, senior vice president for field operations.
In addition, Manfred said the league is committed to requiring teams to interview minority candidates during hiring processes. The Selig Rule, established in 1999, requires teams to interview minorities when filling vacancies for managers, general managers, assistant general managers, scouting directors, and minor league directors.
“We don’t see it as an either/or between the interview requirement or educational venture,” Manfred said. “We think you need to do both to make sure you have the best possible candidates available for interviews. As far as MLB University goes, I think it’s just a broader, more detailed curriculum than anything we’ve done in the past .”