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Mets To Host 2013 All-Star Game, According To Reports

Amidst the discouraging financial circumstances lurking over the New York Mets came some positive news over the past few days with word that the Mets are expected to be named host of the 2013 All-Star Game, according to SI.com.

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The Mets last hosted the All-Star Game in 1964 when Shea Stadium opened, so it's definitely a deserved award. Forty-nine years is the longest drought any franchise has gone without hosting the All-Star Game. New York last held it three years ago at Yankee Stadium, albeit at a much more historical venue, with great success.

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The Diamondbacks (Chase Field) and the Royals (Kauffman Stadium) will be the hosts for the next two years of All-Star festivities.

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Citi Field is a beautiful park, but could provide for a difficult challenge for the home run derby participants. It yielded just 1.36 home runs per game this past season, the lowest mark in the NL.

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With the way the Mets have played over their first two seasons at Citi Field, it may be difficult for them to earn more than one All-Star nod, but we can only hope Sandy Alderson and Co. can right this sinking ship. Hopefully the team's balance sheet gets straightened out over the next two years as well.

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Major League Baseball is not expected to make an official announcement for a few months, according to what a baseball official told Adam Rubin of ESPN NY.

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