CLEVELAND –Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians unveiled a guitar-themed logo for the 2019 All-Star Game Tuesday afternoon.
The 90th Midsummer Classic will be played at Progressive Field on July 9, 2019, marking the sixth time Cleveland has hosted the event.
The league said the official logo celebrates the rich culture of Cleveland, bringing together music and baseball in the spiritual birthplace of Rock and Roll. Events at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are being discussed for All-Star Week.
MLB Deputy Commissioner Tony Petitti said the Indians’ aggressive pitch and excitement to host a game was a large factor in why Cleveland was selected.
“We also looked at what had happened on the field with the club, the fan support, how much interest there is in the team and all the positive things happening around the area of the ballpark,” Petitti said.
Progressive Field, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year, last hosted an All-Star Game in 1997. Then-catcher and current Tribe First Base Coach Sandy Alomar. Jr. was named MVP.
“There were great memories and the cherry on top was getting that homerun to win the game,” Alomar said.
Last month, the Indians sent six players to the All-Star Game in Washington D.C., including shortstop Francisco Lindor.
“Tt's going to be a cool moment for the City of Cleveland,” Lindor said. “I can't wait until they come to our house and experience this.”
The event is expected to have a $65 million economic impact and draw about 1,000 media members, according to Greater Cleveland Sports Commission President and CEO David Gilbert.
“This is one of the top handful of events that we could host,” Gilbert said. “There will be tens of thousands of people coming here, and they will be spending a lot of money in our city, but the other thing is the huge national, international exposure.”
All-Star Game merchandise including headwear, t-shirts and novelty items are now on sale at Progressive Field retail stands and on MLB.com.
Our city. Our game. Our logo.
Cleveland is ready to ROCK the 2019 All-Star Game. pic.twitter.com/H6zy5o9s75
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 7, 2018