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MLB Reveals 2015 All-Star Logo

The game will be held at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

Courtesy Major League Baseball

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MLB's press release announcing this logo says this about the design:

The official logo of Baseball’s 86th Midsummer Classic features a nostalgic design, symbolic of the historic heritage of the Reds franchise in professional baseball.  The iconic pill box hat and handlebar mustache is a playful reflection on some of the sport’s original players.  The etched type celebrates the jewel event as a flying star punctuates the copy.  The crossed bats represent a traditional baseball design, while the addition of deep red creates dimension to the Club’s colors of red and black.

I suppose it does a pretty good job of all that. Obviously, releasing it this early is to try to sell related merchandise. The requisite quotes from people involved in the unveiling:

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said: “Major League Baseball is delighted to team with the Reds in celebration of our game’s rich history in Cincinnati and the franchise’s home since 2003, Great American Ball Park. The great fans of Cincinnati will experience a sports tradition that melds all the best of the National Pastime with a legacy of service to our host communities.”

Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini said: “Today’s logo unveiling is the first of many exciting things that will happen throughout Reds Country, as we prepare for the honor of hosting Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in 2015. The design chosen pays homage to the historical significance of Reds baseball. It is a tribute to our fans who have loved this game for generations.”

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said: “Major League Baseball and Cincinnati are a perfect match for each other. The Queen City has always been a great town for baseball, evidenced by the fact that we had the first professional baseball team right here in 1869. That enthusiasm and love for the game persists to this day.”

2015 will be the fifth time Cincinnati has hosted an All-Star Game, and the third different stadium (after Crosley Field and Riverfront Stadium) to host an ASG in that city. The other Cincinnati ASG were in 1938, 1953, 1970 (the famous game in which Pete Rose broke Ray Fosse's collarbone with a game-winning slide) and 1988.

Which raises a question. When Wrigley Field's renovations are complete, the Cubs will likely be chosen to host an All-Star Game, probably no earlier than 2021. If you're good with Photoshop, perhaps you could design a Cubs All-Star logo for that year. Leave it in the comments. (Try to take this request at least somewhat seriously, too.)