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Orioles made pitch to host this season’s All-Star Game after MLB moved it out of Atlanta

The Orioles made a pitch to host the All-Star Game in Baltimore following Major League Baseball’s decision to move the contest out of Atlanta, the club said Monday.

Orioles officials also told MLB it would like to hold the game at Camden Yards in the future if MLB chooses another city this season, Jennifer Grondahl, an Orioles spokeswoman and senior vice president, told The Baltimore Sun.

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The Orioles have been in touch with the league since its initial request, which the team characterized as an expression of interest. The club said it would be premature to comment beyond that, and MLB did not immediately respond to an inquiry about the game.

The Associated Press reported Monday night that the game is expected be moved to Coors Field in Denver. The home of the Colorado Rockies has not hosted an All-Star game since 1998.

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The league withdrew this year’s game from the Atlanta Braves’ ballpark in Georgia after that state passed laws critics say are aimed at suppressing votes in elections.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Orioles chairman and CEO John Angelos issued a joint statement Friday night supporting MLB’s decision to remove the game from Atlanta.

Scott tweeted: “Here in Baltimore we strongly support voting rights, as do our beloved [Orioles]. We’d love to host the All Star game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards the ballpark that inspired them all.”

The last time the All-Star Game was held in Baltimore was in 1993.

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Only three other American League teams haven’t hosted the game since then: the Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have never hosted the game.

The Orioles have sought many times to bring the contest to Camden Yards, which continues to rank high in fan and media surveys of MLB ballparks.

In particular, the club hoped to host the game in 2016, leading into the stadium’s 25th anniversary the following year. But San Diego’s Petco Park was chosen instead.

The Orioles and MLB have been in a court battle since 2014 over how much the Orioles-controlled television network owes the neighboring Washington Nationals in broadcast rights fees. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has said the dispute with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network has no bearing on the selection of All-Star Game sites, and club and MLB officials say their relationship has improved in recent years.

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