Florida Marlins hope to host 2015 All-Star game

The Florida Marlins want to host baseball’s All-Star game in

2015.

Marlins president David Samson discussed the team’s expectations

during Saturday’s FanFest and repeated his remarks Monday during a

telephone interview with The Associated Press.

The Marlins were awarded the 2000 All-Star game in July 1995,

but then-NL president Len Coleman took it away in November 1998 and

gave it to the Atlanta Braves, saying the league wanted the game in

new ballparks.

A $515 million retractable-roof stadium on the former Orange

Bowl site is slated to open for the 2012 season, when the team will

be renamed the Miami Marlins.

Construction began last summer, and Samson says the ballpark is

22 percent complete.