The Twins wanted an All-Star Game when they built their new stadium; they'll get one in 2014.
By TYLER MASONFS North
MINNEAPOLIS — Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will be at Target Field on Wednesday to make what the Minnesota Twins are calling a "significant announcement" for an upcoming event to be held at the team's ballpark.
By the time the announcement is made, it will be old news: The 2014 MLB All-Star Game will be held at Target Field. The team has yet to officially announce the news, but a major league source has confirmed to FOXSportsNorth.com that Target Field will indeed host the event in 2014.
Selig is scheduled to make the announcement at 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday. Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad, Twins president Dave St. Peter and Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak are all expected to attend.
Being able to host events, such as an All-Star Game, was a major goal for the Twins since the organization first broke ground on Target Field in 2007 and opened the stadium in 2010. Earlier this year, the third-year ballpark nestled in downtown Minneapolis hosted its first outdoor concert when Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney performed in early July.
The Twins last hosted an All-Star Game in 1985 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The National League won that game, 6-1, in front of 54,960 fans.
This year's All-Star Game was held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The Twins sent a delegation to the game to get ideas for a possible future date and will do the same in 2013 when the New York Mets play host at Citi Field.
Though nothing was official on Tuesday, rumors of the 2014 All-Star Game heading to Minneapolis were spreading through the Twins' clubhouse.
"I think it's great for the city. It's great for all the people involved here," Twins infielder Jamey Carroll said. "For the world to get to see this field and the makeup of this city and what they're all about on one of the biggest stages, I'm happy for them. I think it's a city that deserves it, and it's a beautiful ballpark. I think it'll be a neat thing."
Twins catcher Joe Mauer was Minnesota's lone All-Star this season as he made his fifth appearance in the midsummer classic. A native Minnesotan, Mauer knows what it would mean to the state to host another All-Star Game.
"Just being a part of them in different cities and seeing the excitement that goes on in those cities during that time is pretty special," Mauer said. "To have it here would be great. I know fans here would definitely appreciate it."