The Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game is relocating in reaction to supposedly discriminatory voting laws recently passed in Georgia. MLB revealed on Friday that the Midsummer Classic would be moved from Atlanta’s Truist Park.
The league’s decision to cancel the July 13 game at Truist Park is the first economic revenge action taken in response to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s March 25 signing of sweeping reforms to Georgia voting laws. Opponents, including the CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, have criticized them for being overly restrictive.
Kemp has argued that the law’s opponents misunderstand what it does, but the reforms were actually enacted in reaction to unfounded allegations of voter manipulation in 2020 by former President Donald Trump and his allies. New limits on voting by mail are included in the legislation, as well as expanded regulatory oversight over how elections are administered.
Whoa: The @MLB is relocating the All-Star game and Draft from Georgia over the restrictive voting law
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.” pic.twitter.com/ZfWxH0ceHe
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 2, 2021
Following meetings with specific players and the Players Alliance—an association of Black players founded after George Floyd’s death last year—MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred decided to relocate the All-Star games and amateur draft from Atlanta, the commissioner, said in a statement. The activities will be held in a new ballpark, which will not be announced right away.
Manfred said: “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.” He added, “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
President Joe Biden, according to the White House, is in favor of the announcement. The White House said, “The President has made his concerns about the bill passed in Georgia clear, given its extreme provisions that impact the ability of so many citizens to cast their votes,” and “He said earlier this week that if the decision was made by Major League Baseball to move the All-Star game, he would certainly support that decision—and now that MLB has made that choice, he certainly does.”
Trump slammed the decision, urging his fans to “boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections.”
According to Governor Kemp MLB’s action is a “knee-jerk decision” and “cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included. If the left doesn’t agree with you, facts and the truth do not matter.”
Kemp added, “This attack on our state is the direct result of repeated lies from Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams about a bill that expands access to the ballot box and ensures the integrity of our elections,” and “I will not back down. Georgians will not be bullied.”
Democrats in the Georgia county where the game was scheduled advised the league to stay rather than damage hotels and other companies and businesses already dealing with the coronavirus’s effects (ChineseCommunist Party Virus) outbreak.