Rangers Land 2024 MLB ASG; Rob Manfred talks to Pete Rose, FTX
NEW YORK – The Midsummer Classic is coming to the Lone Star State.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Thursday Texas Rangers will host the All-Star Game in 2024, marking the second time the franchise has hosted the festival. The team previously held the All-Star Game in 1995, but the 2024 event will be the first at Globe Life Field, which opened in 2020.
“The Rangers have stepped up under difficult circumstances and Globe Life Field has served as 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 new ballpark on the global stage next summer.”
No announcement has been made as to who will host the game in 2025, but the Mariners will host in 2023 and the Phillies in 2026.
At a press conference at MLB’s offices Thursday, Manfred also addressed a letter sent by baseball legend Pete Rose, who pleaded for a chance to be considered for the Hall of Fame and again apologized for his 1980s gambling scandal. As Manfred has said in the past, he believes players who bet on baseball are permanently ineligible.
“The last time I dealt with this issue when I petitioned for his reinstatement, I made it clear that I didn’t think the performance of that baseball list was the same as the eligibility criteria for the Hall of Fame,” Manfred said. “That remains my position. I think that’s a conversation that really belongs on the Hall of Fame board. I’m on that board, and it’s not appropriate for me to come to the front of that conversation.”
Additionally, Manfred said FTX — the cryptocurrency firm that collapsed in recent weeks — will not return as a sponsor in 2023. FTX previously appeared on uniform patches for umpires in the 2022 season
“The FTX development was a bit boring,” Manfred said. “We’ve been really careful going forward in this space. We’ve been really religious about staying away from coins as opposed to more company-based sponsorships. We think that was prudent given the way things have unfolded. We’ll proceed with caution. In the future. “
With the unionization of the minor leagues, the league and the MLBPA are currently in ongoing negotiations over a collective bargaining agreement. Manfred said the league and MLBPA haven’t had conversations outside of their goals for negotiations.
“The natural timeline would be to try to get it done in the offseason,” Manfred said. “We always have good discussions in the offseason so the natural expectation is 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 executives for advancement to senior baseball operations or on-field roles. The program is led by Senior Vice President of On-Field Operations Michael Hill.
Additionally, Manfred said teams are committed to requiring minority candidates to be interviewed during the hiring process. The Selig Rule, created 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 interview requirement or an educational initiative,” Manfred said. “We think you have to do both to make sure you have the best possible candidates available to interview. In terms of MLB University, I think it’s a broader, more detailed curriculum than what we’ve done in the past.”
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