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MLB, Indians unveil logo for 2019 All-Star Game

By PAUL HOYNES • Aug 7, 2018 at 6:35 PM

CLEVELAND — MLB and the Indians unveiled the logo for the 2019 All-Star Game to be held on July 9 at Progressive Field. It's a guitar connecting the Indians to the city's Rock and Roll history, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"We're officially on the clock," Indians owner Paul Dolan said.

Dolan and Tony Petitti, MLB's deputy commissioner, unveiled the logo at a Tuesday afternoon press conference in the Corner Bar at Progressive Field.

The logo is in red, white and blue, the Indians team colors. The body of the guitar is bordered by the red stitches of a baseball. The MLB logo is at the head of the guitar.

Petitti said MLB and the Indians have already had conversations with the Rock Hall about taking part in the festivities that come with the All-Star Game.

"You can see from the logo what we think the tie in should be in Cleveland," Pettitti said. "We try to do something unique in every market we're in so music is what you can expect to see in 2019."

Greg Harris, president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was an executive at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. In 2016, the Indians held their World Series gala at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This will be the sixth All-Star Game held in Cleveland and the second held at Progressive Field. The last Midsummer Classic held at Progressive Field, it was called Jacobs Field back then, was 1997.

Also on hand for the unveiling were Mayor Frank Jackson, former Tribe manager Mike Hargrove, current manager Terry Francona, first base coach Sandy Alomar and All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Alomar was the MVP of the All-Star Game in 1997, hitting a game-winning home run for the American League in front of his hometown crowd.

"That was such an impactful year for the organization, myself and the city of Cleveland," said Alomar, a six-time All-Star with the Indians. "The chance to play an All-Star Game in my own ballpark, with my brother (Robbie Alomar), one of my best friends, Joey Cora, Jim Thome and my manager Mike Hargrove ... those are great memories.

"The cherry on top was hitting that home run to win the game,” he added. “I wasn't expecting to be the MVP with so many superstars there. The exciting part for me was being a part of the game because it was in Cleveland. Hitting that home run, I'll never forget it, it made a big impact on my life."

The Indians will not only try to incorporate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame into the All-Star Game party, but League Park as well. Although the Indians have hosted six All-Star Games, not one was played at League Park.

Pettitti and other MLB officials who were at Tuesday's announcement toured refurbished League Park and were impressed.

"We are certainly expecting and hoping that League Park (is part of the All-Star Game festivities)," said Bob DiBiasio, senior vice president of public affairs.

The first five All-Star Games held in Cleveland were in 1935, 1954, 1963, 1981 and 1997.

In 1997 MLB and the Indians started a legacy program as part of the All-Star Game. They opened the Larry Doby Playground. It has become a part of every All-Star Game since.

Just what the Indians will do in 2019 to continue that legacy has yet to worked out, but DiBiasio said, "I would expect it to be on mulit-levels."

The Indians sent six players to this year's All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. including Lindor, Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and Jose Ramirez. They also sent several members of their organization to study how the Nationals prepared and conducted the All-Star Game.

"It's always extremely special when you get to share that clubhouse with all those superstars," Lindor said. "You see players who you saw growing up, players who you idolized. It's going to be a cool moment for the city of Cleveland. I can't wait for those players to come to our house and experience it."

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