Twins reportedly to host All-Star Game in 2014

Twins reportedly to host All-Star Game in 2014

Twins reportedly to host All-Star Game in 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins and Major League Baseball are set to make a major announcement on Wednesday at Target Field at 4 p.m. CT, the club announced on Tuesday.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune first reported the announcement will be that the Twins will host the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field, but it hasn't been officially confirmed by the Twins or MLB.

Commissioner Bud Selig is scheduled to be at the press conference, along with Twins owner Jim Pohlad, team president Dave St. Peter, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak and Hall of Famer Rod Carew.

If the Twins do host the 2014 Midsummer Classic, it will be the first time since 1985, when it was held at the Metrodome. Minnesota also hosted the event in 1965 at old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn.

"It'd be great," said catcher Joe Mauer, who grew up locally in St. Paul and has played in five All-Star Games. "It'd be fun to be a part of it and see the excitement that goes on with it. So it would be pretty special. I know fans here would really appreciate it."

The Twins have been working on bringing the All-Star Game back to the Twin Cities since 2008, and they could finally get that chance in '14 after the Mets host it next year at Citi Field.

"They say that this is one of, if not the best park in the big leagues," third baseman Trevor Plouffe said of Target Field, which opened in 2010. "I haven't been everywhere, but I have been to a lot of places and I have to agree with that. This is a great baseball city and a great stadium. I think that Minnesota would be a great place for the All-Star Game."