Jays make pitch for all-star game

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey hopes there is an all-star game in the near future for Toronto.

However, he said yesterday the bid to play host to the game was not limited to 2008.

Next year's game will be held in San Francisco as the mid-summer showcase stays in a National League city in back-to-back years, which is a rarity.

The 2008 game has yet to be awarded, although if it coincides with the final year of Yankee Stadium, Major League Baseball certainly would have New York at the top of its list.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig said beside the Yankees "three other cities (St. Louis and Cincinnati) were aggressively pursuing the chance to host the 2008 all-star game."

"When I put in our request to host, it was for 2008 and on," Godfrey said.

"Improvements at Rogers Centre should be completed by 2009 or 2010.

"Also, it has been mentioned that we recently hosted the game in 1991 and other teams haven't had the chance to host the game and we would be hosting two before other cities had one."

The Pirates played host to the 1994 game and 12 years later the event returned to Pittsburgh.

"The difference is, Pittsburgh built a new ball park and often games are awarded to cities with a new park," Godfrey said.

"At times you have to go through the proper waiting period," Godfrey said. "If 2008 is the final year of Yankee Stadium, it would be a most appropriate place for the all-star game."


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