The return of the All-Star Game is a welcome bit of good news for Rob Manfred, but the upcoming expiration of the sport’s collective bargaining agreement looms over everything.

By Tyler Kepner

DENVER — Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, rarely speaks romantically about his sport. But on Tuesday, with the All-Star Game a few hours away after a lonely 2020 summer without one, Manfred gave in to nostalgia. Fifty years ago, at a friend’s house on Brantingham Lake in upstate New York, an All-Star Game captivated him.

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