The countdown to the 2017 All-Star Game began on Wednesday morning.
With commissioner Rob Manfred on hand, the Marlins unveiled the official All-Star Game logo before Miami took on the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.
The 2017 All-Star Game — and all that comes with it — will be held in South Florida for the first time next summer. Miami was originally supposed to hold the 2000 All-Star Game but MLB pulled it away after then-owner H. Wayne Huizenga gutted the team’s roster following winning the 1997 World Series.
That All-Star Game landed in Atlanta.
The 2017 All-Star festivities will be held throughout Miami-Dade County leading up the actual game on July 11.
“The All-Star Game is not just a game,’’ said Manfred as he was flanked by team management, local dignitaries and 1995 All-Star MVP Jeff Conine.
“It’s a week-long celebration of the game of baseball, filled with fun community activities everyone in Miami can be involved with. I know Miami will be a great All-Star host and we can’t wait to get here next summer.’’