MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Major League Baseball officials said they are bringing the All-Star game to South Florida.
The Miami Marlins are hosting the Major League All-Star game in 2017.
The announcement was made at Marlins Park Friday afternoon.
“It is with great excitement and pride I’m here to announce that Major League Baseball has awarded the 2017 All-Star game to the Miami Marlins,” said Commissioner of Baseball Robert Manfred.
Some major players in sports and politics were at Friday’s event including Florida Governor Rick Scott, Miami Marlins Owner Jeffrey H. Loria, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. and City of Miami Mayor Tomas P. Regalado.
“It’s great to have an All-Star Game here. I hope we have them every year now,” said Gov. Scott. “All this adds to the culture of our city and our state.”
“The All-Star game is a win, win, win for Miami-Dade County, Miami Marlins and Major League Baseball,” said Mayor Gimenez.
The Marlins had hoped to get the Mid-Summer Classic right after Marlins Park opened three years ago but they had been turned down until this year.