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New York Mets to Host 2013 All-Star Game

FILE - In this April 13, 2009, file photo, baseball fans hold up a sign in front of the Citi Field before the New York Mets' home-opening baseball game against the San Diego Padres  at Citi Field in New York. A person familiar with the announcement says Major League Baseball will announce Wednesday, May 16, 2012, that the Mets will host the 2013 All-Star game at Citi Field. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday, May 15, because MLB did not reveal the purpose of Wednesday's news conference at City Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

FILE - In this April 13, 2009, file photo, baseball fans hold up a sign in front of the Citi Field before the New York Mets' home-opening baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field in New York. A person familiar with the announcement says Major League Baseball will announce Wednesday, May 16, 2012, that the Mets will host the 2013 All-Star game at Citi Field. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday, May 15, because MLB did not reveal the purpose of Wednesday's news conference at City Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)  (AP2009)

Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the New York Mets will play host to next year's MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16.

The announcement was made during a news conference at City Hall with baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Mets owner Fred Wilpon, Mr. Met and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg also is hoping New York will host another baseball event.

"I'm counting on a Subway Series this year," he said.

Baseball decided at least four years ago that the Mets would host the game at the ballpark, which opened in 2009, but held off an announcement until it reached agreements with the city and agencies for All-Star services and related events, such as the FanFest.

Selig said the Mets' financial problems caused by the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme didn't delay an announcement.

"I have great faith in the Wilpons and the family and I was very confident they would work things out, and they have. I had no trepidation at all."

The Mets last hosted the All-Stars in 1964, the year Shea Stadium opened. The game was last in New York in 2008, the final season of the old Yankee Stadium.

Kansas City is host of this year's game, and the 2014 game is expected to be played at Minneapolis' Target Field.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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