"We talk about the All-Star game a lot," Dodgers Chairman
Walter did not elaborate, but he and Dodgers President Stan Kasten have lobbied for the game to return to Dodger Stadium for the first time since 1980.
Since then, the game has been awarded to California clubs seven times, including twice each for the Angels (1989 and 2010), Padres (1992 and 2016) and
The Padres and Giants are among the teams to move into new ballparks in recent years. So did the host of last year's game, the
"We're getting all these new ballparks built," Commissioner
Asked whether that would rule out the Dodgers -- Dodger Stadium, the third-oldest in the major leagues, opened in 1962 -- Selig said no. The Dodgers owners have put more than $150 million into stadium renovations, and Selig said the criteria for awarding a game should consider new ballparks as well as those with extensive renovations.
"The Dodgers are deserving of one," Selig said.