Mets awarded 2013 All-Star Game, Twins expected to be host in 2014
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The Minnesota Twins remain hopeful that they will be awarded the 2014 All-Star Game and that an announcement could be made soon.
The path was cleared for an announcement this week when Commissioner Bud Selig made it official that the New York Mets would play host to the 2013 game at Citi Field.
Baseball decided at least four years ago that the Mets would host the game at the ballpark, which opened in 2009, but held off an announcement until it reached agreements with the city and agencies for All-Star services and related events, such as the FanFest.
Selig said the Mets' financial problems caused by the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme didn't delay an announcement. "I have great faith in the Wilpons (who own the team) and the family, and I was very confident they would work things out, and they have," Selig said. "I had no trepidation at all."
The Mets last hosted the All-Star Game in 1964, the year Shea Stadium opened. The game was most recently in New York in 2008, the final season of the old Yankee Stadium.
Twins president Dave St. Peter was in New York this week for the owners meetings and continues to engage baseball officials in discussion about the game.
Selig, meanwhile, told MLB.com that an announcement on 2014 might not come that soon.
Selig was asked about the timing of Wednesday's announcement. "We haven't announced '14 yet and won't for quite awhile," he said. "And '15 will have the same time lag. There's no particular reason."
The Twins played host to the 1965 All-Star Game at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington and the 1985 All-Star Game at the Metrodome.
Associated Press contributed