Just like how you said goodbye to 91 baseballs off the bat of Vladmir Guerrero Jr. at the 2019 Home Run Derby (even in a losing effort), you can say goodbye to the 2020 MLB All-Star Game.
In a statement given on Friday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred officially canceled this year's All-Star festivities, but quickly awarded it to Los Angeles in the 2022 season to make up for their loss of the event this season.
"I want to thank the Dodgers organization and the City of Los Angeles for being collaborative partners in the early stages of All-Star preparation and for being patient and understanding in navigating the uncertainty created by the pandemic," Manfred said (via MLB.com). "The 2022 All-Star celebration promises to be a memorable one with events throughout the city and at picturesque Dodger Stadium."
The 2021 All-Star Game is already planned to occur at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves.
Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said that the 2022 festivities will be "worth the wait" and that a "world-class event" is coming, thanking Manfred for his promptness in awarding them the 2022 game.
If there was an All-Star Game this season, it certainly wouldn't have been on it's originally-planned date of July 14 and it may have featured some odd candidates based on quick starts from unlikely players and, alternatively, cold starts for the league's stars.
But all those hypotheticals are all for naught, now. We'll have to wait until 2021 -- fingers crossed -- for the next Midsummer Classic.