Major League Baseball is moving the 2021 All-Star Game and 2021 draft out of Atlanta in response to a new Georgia voting law that Democrats say, without evidence. unfairly limits access to the ballot box.
“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.”
The decision follows calls from the White House to consider moving the Midsummer Classic out of Atlanta. President Joe Biden told ESPN on Wednesday that he would “strongly support” pulling the game out of Atlanta because of a law he described, without evidence, as “Jim Crow on steroids.”
In his statement, Manfred said MLB “fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.” Manfred said MLB would continue to celebrate the memory of Hank Aaron, who died in January, during the All-Star festivities.
Supporters of the law have said it merely ensures election integrity and stamps out potential fraud.
The All-Star Game had been set for July 13 at Truist Park and would have been the third time Atlanta serves as host, having previously held the event in 1972 and 2000.
No new site for the All-Star Game or draft were announced.
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