According to a published newspaper report, the 2015 All-Star game will be awarded to Cincinnati and Great American Ballpark, as the Marlins and their new ballpark will have to wait for another odd-numbered year to serve as host.
Marlins president David Samson said last year that the team would apply to have the 2015 All-Star Game played at Marlins Park. "We're fully prepared and excited to host it" Samson told MLB.com in March of last year, just before the Marlins opened their new ballpark.
But the Marlins might have fallen out of favor with the Commissioner's office and lost all leverage to secure the All-Star Game when they blew up the roster and slashed payroll after the season, enraging the local fan base in the process.
Citi Field in New York is set to host this year's All-Star Game, with Target Field in Minneapolis on tap for 2014. The ASG alternates between N.L. and A.L. ballparks.
Cincinnati last hosted the All-Star Game in 1988 at Riverfront Stadium. The Marlins, who have been around since 1993, have never hosted one. MLB had selected the Marlins to host the 2000 All-Star Game at Sun Life Stadum but took it away from them in 1998 due to uncertainty over the future of the franchise after the '97 World Series team was dismantled.