(ABC)–Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday afternoon that the Washington Nationals will host the 2018 All-Star Game.
Washington will be the fourth consecutive National League team to host baseball’s All-Star Game, following the Cincinnati Reds this year, the San Diego Padres in 2016 and the Miami Marlins in 2017.
When Miami’s turn to have the game was announced in February, MLB said leagues will continue to alternate who bats last, no matter what city stages the All-Star game. So the American League will bat last in the 2016 game at San Diego and in the 2018 game at Washington.
Manfred made the announcement at Nationals Park Monday, just a couple hours before defending NL East champion Washington would begin its season against the New York Mets.
The nation’s capital has hosted the All-Star Game four times previously – in 1937, 1956, 1962 and 1969. That most recent one was at RFK Stadium, the first ballpark used by the Nationals when they left Montreal and arrived in Washington in 2005.