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Francona Says the 2019 All-Star Game Will Reaffirm All That's Good About Cleveland

photo of M.L. Schultze with Indians GM Mike Chernoff and Manger Terry Francona
Left to right: WKSU's M.L. Schultze moderated the discussion with Indians GM Mike Chernoff and Manger Terry Francona at the City Club.

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is coming back to Cleveland.  The Indians announced today that they’ll host the 2019 All-Star Game.  During  a previously scheduled appearance at Cleveland’s City Club today, manager Terry Francona called it a great opportunity, not just for the team.

“It’s going to be wonderful for the city of Cleveland. For the downtown, for people with businesses, restaurants, bars.  It’s also, I think, a time for Cleveland to show just who we are, how we conduct ourselves,  how we act.  Let the world see that, and I think it’s going to be wonderful.  Let the world see that.  It’s a celebration of baseball, but I think it will end up being a celebration of baseball.”

This will be the sixth time Cleveland hosts the All-Star Game.  The last time was 20 years ago.  The year, 2019, also marks the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field.

Andrew joined Ideastream Public Media as part of the 2021 merger with WKSU. Since August of 2022 he has served as the deputy editor – news. He also serves as a regular panelist on the “Sound of Ideas Reporters Roundtable” as well as a backup host for the program and as a fill-in local host for “Morning Edition,” “Here and Now” and “All Things Considered.”