|Target Field opened in 2010. (US Presswire)|
Major League Baseball could be announcing the Twins will host the 2014 All-Star Game soon, according to Twins owner Jim Pohlad.
CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman has already reported Minnesota was the choice for the 2014 event.
"Dialogue between the Minnesota Twins and the commissioner's office has increased noticeably over the past couple weeks," Pohland told Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com. "And we believe something is really imminent."
The game is alternated between the American League and National League every year and at this year's game in Kansas City, commissioner Bud Selig said he didn't see that changing, even with the imbalance between new parks in the NL as opposed to the AL.
When the Twins are awarded to the 2014 game, only two AL parks will have not hosted an All-Star Game, Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field and new Yankee Stadium. The Rays are trying to get a new park and the All-Star Game is usually used as a carrot to get public funding, so Tampa Bay may not get an All-Star Game anytime soon. The Yankees just hosted the game in 2008 at old Yankee Stadium and the Mets are getting next year's game.
That leaves five National League teams that are currently playing in stadiums that haven't hosted the mid-summer classic: Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park (opened in 2003), San Diego's Petco Park (2004), Philadelphia's Citizen's Bank Park (2004), Washington D.C.'s Nationals Park (2008) and Miami's Marlins Stadium (2012). The Marlins have never hosted the game. Also in the mix for future NL years could be the Dodgers, who have new ownership and haven't hosted the game since 1980.