The 2008 Baseball Hall of Fame Game will be the final one, Major League Baseball officials said this morning.
Bob DuPuy, president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball, said in a news release from the Hall of Fame that logistical problems have made it too difficult to continue a tradition that dates back to 1940.
“Given the complexities of the major league schedule and all its inherent challenges, it has become increasingly difficult in recent years to find a suitable date and make the proper arrangements for two clubs to participate in the Hall of Fame Game during the regular season,” DuPuy said. “We hope that the wonderful fans of Central New York can understand the practical considerations that contributed to this decision.
“Cooperstown remains a beacon for our national pastime. We will continue to work with the hall to find ways to promote it and Cooperstown throughout our season.”
The final exhibition game will feature a rematch of the 1984 National League Championship Series, with the defending NL Central Division champion Chicago Cubs playing the San Diego Padres on Monday, June 16, at Doubleday Field.
“We’re grateful to Major League Baseball for making an annual Hall of Fame Game possible for so many years, but we also understand their enormous scheduling challenge today, which makes continuing this exhibition game impossible,” said Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey.
The game will begin at 2 p.m., with pregame festivities starting at noon with the Hall of Fame Game Day Parade on Main Street and the Home Run Derby at 1 p.m. at Doubleday Field.
Ticket prices are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats. Tickets will be available in person during a one-day sale on March 8 or for Hall of Fame members by phone beginning March 8. Tickets will not be available for purchase online this year.