|Target Field, home of the Twins and host to the 2014 All-Star Game. (Associated Press)|
What our own Jon Heyman first reported months ago is now official: the Minnesota Twins will host the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field.
The announcement was made today at a Target Field press conference attended by, among others, Commissioner Bud Selig, Twins' owner Jim Pohlad, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Hennepin County Board Chairman Mike Opat and a number of former Twins players.
"It is my great honor to name the Minnesota Twins as the hosts of the 2014 All-Star Game," said Selig. "This is especially meaningful to me because of my close personal and professional relationship with Carl Pohlad, who was one of the finest owners in professional sports. The Midsummer Classic will be a celebration of Carl's legacy, one of our game's model franchises and the spectacular Target Field, which deserves to be showcased on this global stage."
The decision is fully in keeping with MLB's recent de-facto policy of "Build a new stadium -- preferably with tax dollars -- and get the All-Star Game."
In any event, the 85th edition of the Midsummer Classic will go down on July 14, 2014. It will mark the third time that the Twins have hosted, with the first two occasions coming in 1965 and then in 1985.