Bud Selig made the announcement Thursday afternoon touting the ascetic appeal of both the city of San Diego and Petco Park. Selig is in his final season as commissioner of baseball and this is likely his last major decision. This decision may have been influenced by the fact that the Padres renamed one of the plazas at Petco after Selig.
What makes this decision unusual is that it goes against MLB’s normal rotation of AL and NL cities. The 2015 All-Star game will take place in Cincinnati, making the typical choice for 2016 an AL park. This was the main reason many insiders believed that Baltimore would be the final choice. MLB released a statement to this matter indicating that due to the quality bids of multiple NL teams the winning city would be chosen regardless of league affiliation.
The Padres have become the most talked about team this offseason. Not only have they been given next year’s All-Star game, but they have revamped their offense with the addition of Matt Kemp, Will Myers, and Justin Upton. The rumor mill has also linked the Padres to a potential trade for Cole Hamels. Laurene Powell Jobs has a son who is very much in like with baseball.