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Washington Nationals secure 2018 MLB All-Star Game

Major League Baseball (MLB) has confirmed that the Washington Nationals will host its 2018 All-Star Game.

The showpiece game will be staged at a National League ballpark for the fourth consecutive year when it arrives at Nationals Park.

Cincinnati will stage the All-Star game later this year before it heads to San Diego and Miami in 2016 and 2017 respectively – Miami having secured the event for Marlins Park back in February. Washington has hosted the All-Star Game four times previously, but not since 1969.

Nationals Park opened in 2008 and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the development of the facility and its surrounding area leant a strong weight to Washington’s pitch. “What I would say about the Nationals' bid was that their facility, the support of the city and the development around the ballpark were all important factors in terms of awarding the game,” Manfred told a news conference.

On the concentration of forthcoming National League hosts, a statement from MLB read: “As previously announced, Major League Baseball has received a number of outstanding bids from National League clubs whose ballparks have never hosted the All-Star Game. Thus, it was determined that the 2018 site would be awarded to the club that made the most competitive bid, regardless of league affiliation.”