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Rangers Land 2024 MLB ASG; Rob Manfred on Pete Rose, FTX

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NEW YORK – The midsummer classic is coming to the Lone Star State.

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Thursday that the Texas Rangers will host the All-Star Game in 2024, marking the second time the franchise has hosted the festivities. The team previously held the 1995 All-Star Game, but the 2024 event will be the first at Globe Life Field, which opened in 2020.

“The Rangers have risen under difficult circumstances and Globe Life Field has served as an outstanding host for the 2020 postseason tournament including the World Series,” Manfred said in a statement. “We are excited to bring this newest baseball stadium back onto the world stage next summer.”

While there has been no announcement as to who will host the game in 2025, the Mariners will host in 2023 and the Phillies in 2026.

At a news conference at MLB’s offices Thursday, Manfred also addressed the letter sent by baseball legend Pete Rose, who demanded an opportunity to be considered for the Hall of Fame and apologized again for the gambling scandal of the 1980s. As Manfred has mentioned in the past, players who bet on baseball are believed to belong on a permanently ineligible list.

“When I dealt with this case the last time he applied to get my job back, I made it clear that I didn’t think the job of this baseball roster was the same as the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria,” Manfred said. “That’s still my position. I think it’s a conversation that really belongs on a Hall of Fame panel. I’m a member of that panel, and it’s not appropriate for me to step into that conversation.”

In addition, Manfred said that FTX — the cryptocurrency company that has collapsed in recent weeks — will not return as a sponsor in 2023. FTX previously appeared on unified spots for judges during the 2022 season.

“The development of FTX was a bit worrying,” said Manfred. “We’ve been really keen to get this area going. We’ve been really religious about moving away from the coins themselves rather than more corporate sponsorships. And we think that was prudent especially given the way things have unfolded. We’ll proceed with caution going forward.” “

With the union of minor leagues, the league and the MLBPA are currently in ongoing negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement. Manfred said the league and MLBPA have not had talks beyond their goals in the negotiations.

“The normal schedule would be to try to get this done during the break,” Manfred said. “We always negotiate better over the holiday period, so the normal kind of expectation is to try to get something done before opening day.”

The league also announced the creation of MLB University, a career development program designed to prepare diverse mid-level front office managers to advance to senior baseball operations or fielding roles. The program is led by Senior Vice President of Field Operations Michael Hill.

In addition, Manfred said the league is committed to a requirement that minority candidates be interviewed during recruitment processes. Created in 1999, the Selig Rule requires teams to interview minorities when filling vacancies for managers, general managers, assistant general managers, director scouts, and minor league managers.

“We don’t see this as an either/or between interview requirement or educational undertaking,” Manfred said. “We think you have to do both to make sure you have the best possible candidates available for interviews. As far as MLB is concerned, I think it’s just a broader, more detailed approach than anything we’ve done in the past.”

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