Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Major League Baseball may be sending an unspoken message to the Miami Marlins for owner Jeffrey Loria’s decision to blow up the franchise during the offseason.
Monday, Major League Baseball awarded the 2015 All-Star Game to the city of Cincinnati. The Marlins, which had taxpayers foot the bill for a lavish new stadium, are now out of contention for an All-Star Game until 2017 at the earliest.
The All-Star Game alternates between National League and American League stadiums each year meaning the 2016 game will be in an American League park.
The Marlins have been down this road before. According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, the Marlins were to host the 2000 All-Star Game but saw it taken away in 1998 due to uncertainty over the franchise after the 1997 World Series team was dismantled.
The Marlins have made a habit of dismantling teams. The Fish blew up the roster after the 1997 World Series championship and against after the 2003 championship. The Marlins have only been to the playoffs twice in the history of the franchise and have never won the National League East.
The remaining Marlins fans in Miami may be some of the most loyal in sports. Not including the two World Series seasons, the Marlins have averaged 73.4 victories per season to 84.8 losses for a winning percentage of .464 in franchise history.
The Miami Dolphins hosted the NFL Pro Bowl just a few years ago and in 1990 the Miami Heat hosted the NBA All-Star Game.
However, the Heat have never hosted the All-Star Game since the opening of the AmericanAirlines Arena in December of 1999.