Why Petco Park Should Be in the Running for 2015 MLB All-Star Game
MLB commissioner Bud Selig has not announced where the 2014 and 2015 All-Star Games will be held at, leaving many of us to guestimate on where it could be.
Currently, the All-Star format has the park alternating between the American and National League, as it has for more than 50 years. Selig likely won't change that, but you never know what could happen.
The Chicago Cubs are lobbying for the game in 2014 (an American League year) to honor the ballpark's centennial. But if Selig goes with an American League team, that leaves the door wide open for 2015, when a place like Petco Park would be the perfect fit to host the festivities.
Home of the San Diego Padres, there are many reasons why Petco Park would be the perfect fit for the game.
Here's a look at some of those reasons.
Home Run Derby in a Pitcher-Friendly Park
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There are no cheap home runs in Petco like there are in many other ballparks around MLB.
Although many fans want to see as many home runs as possible during a Home Run Derby, I'm one of those guys who can't stand to see cheap home runs. I love to see the long, towering blasts as the ones that count towards the total.
At Petco, that's the only way you're going to hit a home run. You have to blast it out of the park.
Win-Win for Pitching and Hitting Enthusiasts
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San Diego last hosted an All-Star Game in 1992, which ended in a 13-6 win for the American League. Since then, the 1998 game is the only one to have scored more total runs, as the American League won 13-8.
Jack Murphy Stadiums was known as a pitcher's park, and so is Petco.
Why not think that the same could happen again?
The offensive-minded folks, although probably not happy at first, would get to see runs scored, while the pitching fans would have the belief that it's going to be a low-scoring game.
So, it's a win-win for both.
Thank the Military
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In 2015, July 4 sits on a Saturday, so obviously, the All-Star Game wouldn't be played then.
But how great would it be to have the derby on July 6 and the game on July 7, extending the Independence Day holiday weekend just a little bit longer.
Four-day weekends are a common thing in the military. Usually with a holiday on the weekend, servicemembers still get a four-day weekend, with the two days being used as training holidays.
What a great way to bring in those stationed at the naval base in San Diego.
Make the All-Star festivities all about the military, including camo uniforms for both sides, and I think it would be a big hit.
No Other National TV Exposure
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Let's just face it: The next few years aren't expected to be the best for the Padres.
In fact, I think it's safe to say that the Padres won't receive much, if any, national TV exposure of that time.
With that said, I think it would be good to see some national TV exposure brought to San Diego and to Petco.
Plus, if you add in all of the other factors I mentioned before, I think the All-Star festivities can be done in grand fashion.
The decision is now up to Selig.