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Posted: Tuesday May 15, 2012 5:44PM ; Updated: Tuesday May 15, 2012 5:44PM

MLB to officially announce Mets as 2013 All-Star Game host

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It was decided when the park opened that the Mets would get an ASG soon

The Mets last hosted an AllStar Game in 1964, the year Shea Stadium opened

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Citi Field
The Mets have played at Citi Field since 2009.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball is finally getting around to announcing the New York Mets will host the 2013 All-Star game at Citi Field.

MLB scheduled a news conference for Wednesday at City Hall with baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Mets owner Fred Wilpon and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A person familiar with the planning, speaking Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the purpose was not announced, said it was to make the All-Star announcement,

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 reaching agreements with the city and agencies for All-Star services and related events, such as the FanFest.

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 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.

Miami and Washington, D.C., appear to be the leading contenders for the two games that follow.

Because the league that wins the All-Star game gets home-field advantage for the World Series, approval of the players' association may be required for the NL to host in consecutive years.

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