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Mets expected to land 2013 All-Star Game

Mets expected to land 2013 All-Star Game

Mets expected to land 2013 All-Star Game
Commissioner Bud Selig will join Mets owner Fred Wilpon and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg at New York's City Hall to make a major announcement Wednesday, expected to be that the Mets and Citi Field will host the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.

Numerous news organizations have reported the announcement is to unveil Citi Field as the site of the 2013 event, but MLB and Mets officials have declined comment beyond asking that media representatives wait for Wednesday's 11:30 a.m. ET news conference, which can be seen live on MLB.com and Mets.com.

If that indeed is the case, 2013 will mark the first time the Mets have hosted the Midsummer Classic since 1964, ending the longest drought for current franchises. The second-longest is set to end this summer with Kansas City hosting the All-Star Game for the first time since '73.

"It will be a tremendous stage for a Midsummer Classic," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It will be held in one of the nicest ballparks in the country."

Between the Mets and Yankees, the city of New York has hosted eight All-Star games in total, more than any other Major League city. Chicago is second on that list with seven. The Yankees hosted the 2008 All-Star Game in the last season played at old Yankee Stadium.

"It's great for the city," Mets third baseman David Wright said. "I got a chance to participate in the one that closed out Yankee Stadium. What a tremendous stage for an All-Star Game. I think it's deservedly so, and we'll get a chance for the world to see the stadium, see the new place. We'll kind of show it off a little bit."

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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