Major League Baseball announced on Friday that it will relocate the 2021 All-Star Game and the 2021 draft picks from Atlanta in protest against a new Georgia law that has sparked people’s concerns about the potential for minority voters. Concerns about over-selection.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that the league is “finalizing a new host city and details about these events will be announced shortly.”
A source told ESPN that the All-Star Game is still scheduled to be held in Los Angeles in 2022 and will not be staged this summer to fill the vacancy.
Manfred said in his speech: “In the past week, we have had a thoughtful dialogue with the club, former and current players, the players̵
“The Major League Baseball fundamentally supports the voting rights of all Americans and opposes restrictions on the ballot box. In 2020, Major League Baseball became the first professional sports league to join the nonpartisan citizen league to help Establish a state where everyone participates in shaping the future of the United States. We are proud to use our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities across the country to fulfill their civic duties and actively participate in the voting process. Getting votes fairly will continue to provide firmness to our games support.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a comprehensive bill backed by the Republican Party last week that includes new restrictions on mail-in voting and greater legislative control over how elections are conducted. The bill also famously prohibits the distribution of food and water among voters waiting in line. The bill was signed into law on March 25 and demonstrators outside the Capitol called it “Jim Crow 2.0.”
The next day, Tony Clark, executive director of MLBPA, said that he “will look forward to” discussions about moving the Midsummer Classic scheduled for Tuesday, July 13th out of Trost Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. Five days after this, President Joe Biden (Joe Biden) appeared on SportsCenter one night before the opening day. He said he would “firmly support” this decision because he designated it as the “Jim Crow of Steroids.” .
Despite the All-Star Game, Manfred said: “As part of our All-Star Heritage project, MLB plans to invest in support for the local community in Atlanta will move forward.”