MLB awards Cleveland Indians the 2019 All-Star Game

CLEVELAND-- Major League Baseball officially awarded the Cleveland Indians the 2019 All-Star Game.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement at Progressive Field Friday morning.

“I’m vaguely aware that they play other sports in Cleveland,” Manfred joked. “But Cleveland is a baseball town.”

It will be the 90th All-Star Game. The last time the Tribe held the midsummer classic was in 1997.

A general view as the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs stand for the national anthem prior to Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

A general view as the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs stand for the national anthem prior to Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

“This is a very exciting time for our city and organization. We have had tremendous excitement coming off our American League Championship and historic World Series appearance. This announcement will only build on that heightened profile and momentum," said Indians owner Paul Dolan.

Indians manager Terry Francona spoke briefly at the event, saying he hopes he's around to be a part of it because that means good things are happening with the team.

Former Tribe catcher and first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., legendary Indians slugger Jim Thome and former manager Mike Hargrove were also in attendance.

This year's All-Star Game is in Miami . In 2018, it will go to Washington, D.C.

You can watch all the All-Star Game action on FOX 8 News.

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Jen Steer January 27, 201710:19 am

The announcement was slated for 10:15. It looked like they were going to start on time, but we’re waiting.

Jen Steer January 27, 201710:22 am

MLB Commission Rob Manfred, the Indians owners the Dolans, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in attendance. 

Jen Steer January 27, 201710:24 am

Commissioner Manfred says MLB has awarded the 2019 All-Star Game to the Cleveland Indians. It will be the 90th All-Star Game. It’s the sixth held in Cleveland. 

Jen Steer January 27, 201710:24 am

“I’m vaguely aware that they play other sports in Cleveland,” Manfred jokes. “But Cleveland is a baseball town.”

Jen Steer January 27, 201710:25 am

Futures game and celebrity game on Sunday, home run derby on Monday and All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Jen Steer January 27, 201710:32 am

Indians owner Paul Dolan calls this a great day for Cleveland.

Jen Steer January 27, 201710:33 am

Dolan says the economic impact will be between $60 million and $65 million for the city.

Jen Steer January 27, 201710:34 am

Indians manager Terry Francona says he hopes he’s around to be a part of it because that means good things are happening with the Tribe.