Brewers pitcher, Mayor Barrett talk possibility of MLB All-Star game in Milwaukee

NOW: Brewers pitcher, Mayor Barrett talk possibility of MLB All-Star game in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Brewers fans joined city leaders in making a pitch to host the 2021 MLB All-Star game.

“The MLB really wants to honor Hank Aaron," fan Chris Hessil said. "So if we’re not having it in Atlanta, it would be great to have it where he first started, in Milwaukee.”

That’s the argument Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett made in his letter to the MLB commissioner hours after the league announced the game was pulled from Atlanta Friday, April 2.

Hank Aaron started his career with the Milwaukee Braves and later played for the Milwaukee Brewers, with his nine-year Atlanta career coming in between.

The baseball legend passed away earlier this year.

“In his 23-year career, 14 of those years were spent here in Milwaukee, so we’re a natural,” Barrett said Monday, April 5.

The last time the game was held in Milwaukee was 2002. That was also the last time the game ended in a tie, prompting changes from the league.

“It would be fantastic to see the All-Star game back in Milwaukee," fan Josh Zillmer said. "It’s been I think about 20 years now, and it would be great to see the game end with a winner.”

Brewers pitcher Brent Suter said he’s excited about the possibility, and it could help the city make some extra dollars it lost by missing out on the Democratic National Convention.

“It would be a great way to kind of make up for that a little bit with some local money and some local economic activity, but I think it would be really exciting for us as a team,” Suter said.

The MLB has not commented on the pitch from the city.

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