MLB cancels all-star game for first time since 1945 (Reports).

Major League Baseball announced Friday that it has officially canceled the 2020 All-Star Game.

The league also announced the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dodger Stadium will host the 2022 All-Star Game. The 2021 All-Star Game will remain at Truist Park in Atlanta.

From MLB’s press release:

Major League Baseball announced today that the 2020 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, 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 the next available Midsummer Classic in 2022.

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Based on the health circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic that are beyond MLB’s control along with governmental directives prohibiting large gatherings, the league determined it is unable to conduct the All-Star Game and its week of surrounding fan activities this year.

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It’s the first time MLB’s All-Star Game has been cancelled since World War II. The 1945 game was scheduled to be played at Fenway Park in Boston, but wartime travel restrictions forced the league call it off.

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The cancellation of this season’s All-Star Game was expected after Major League Baseball was forced to delay the start of its 2020 regular season amid the coronavirus pandemic. The All-Star Game had been scheduled for July 14. MLB will begin an abbreviated 60-game season on July 23, leaving no obvious date to reschedule the Midsummer Classic.

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