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Gray to Make Push for 2017 All-Star Game in D.C.

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — For the second time in five years, New York City had the privilege of hosting Major League Baseball’s mid-season All-Star Game last week.

The last time D.C. hosted the game was more than four decades ago, at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in 1969. Two years later, the Washington Senators played their last game in the District.

But, Mayor Vincent Gray said in his weekly radio address exclusive to All-News 99.1 WNEW, “it’s time for the All-Star Game for the nation’s pastime to return to the nation’s capital.”

When baseball returned to the city in 2005, it would still be three more years until the newly-formed Nationals moved to Nationals Park. It took a while for the capital riverfront area to be built up, but development there “has taken off like a rocket” in the past few years, Gray said.

The 2014 game is already slated for Minneapolis’s Target Field, and the year after that Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park will host. Since MLB Commissioner Bud Selig alternates between National League and American League fields for the All-Star games, D.C.’s next shot to host will be in 2017.

“We’re making a case to Commissioner Selig that the District is unquestionably ready to serve as the venue for that game,” Gray said. “Let’s play ball.”

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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