Report: Cubs 'Most Likely' To Host 2016 All-Star Game

Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs, Will Clark and Matt Williams of the San Francisco Giants and Roberto Alomar of the San Diego Padres look on during batting practice prior to the 1990 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Steve Goldstein/Getty Images)

ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs and Wrigley Field are the 'most likely' hosts for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game:

The Chicago Cubs originally had petitioned Major League Baseball for the 2014 game, but Wrigley Field, in its current state, is not prepared for the events that occur along with the game, including the Fanfest and live entertainment.

Commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday that he would announce the site of the 2013 All-Star Game first, then disclose several other future destinations at once.

"We have discussed the matter," Selig said Wednesday of his conversations with Cubs' ownership. "It's appealing. No question about it. We have a lot of things to work out here. But it is appealing. There's been a lot of cities that built new stadiums and a lot of commitments have been made. I'll just have to work my way through it."

Obviously, the proposed renovations to Wrigley Field would have to be completed before an All-Star Game could be held there, and those wouldn't be done by 2014. No All-Star Games have yet been scheduled past next year's game in Kansas City, and currently, even-numbered years are hosted in American League parks. However, recently (2006: Pittsburgh, and 2007: San Francisco), two straight ASG were held in NL parks, so possibly two games in a row could be held in AL parks to "make up" for that and get an ASG at Wrigley in 2016.

Wrigley Field has hosted All-Star Games in 1947, 1962 and 1990.

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