In a time where the COVID-19 pandemic is still wreaking havoc on the sports world, another cancellation hits the baseball world. The 2020 MLB All-Star Game has been cancelled and shifted to the 2022 season, where the Los Angeles Dodgers will play host for the event. The 2021 host has already been named as the Atlanta Braves organization
MLB announced today that the 2020 All-Star Game, which was scheduled to be hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the City of Los Angeles, is being cancelled. With the Atlanta Braves already named as host of the 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta, the Dodgers will host in 2022.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 3, 2020
The league has already seen the cancellation of Minor League Baseball and almost witnessed the cancellation of the big league season. Ultimately the league was able to implement a season, and things are starting to see a return to play, but there will be no 2020 MLB All-Star Game.
Now, the season is still happening, and big-league teams are still prepping for their return to play as the start date starts to inch closer, but the league still felt it was best to cancel the MLB All-Star Game.
This move should not come as a shock to many as there would be no fans in attendance, which are a significant component of the MLB All-Star Game. Given the shortened season, there is no surprise that the all-star game has been cancelled given circumstances.
The 2020 MLB All-Star Game being cancelled is just a casualty of the league and owners not being able to work together and get an agreement in place sooner. The odds were stacked against a 2020 MLB All-Star Game happening, but the delayed agreement did not help.