The Republican Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, refused to make the first ball in the Rangers game in protest of MLB’s response to the controversial voting reform in Georgia.
Abbott said on Twitter on Monday: “I have been looking forward to casting the first game in the first game of the Texas Rangers until @MLB adopted the false narrative about Georgia’s election law reform.” It is shameful that American pastimes are influenced by partisan politics.”
Abbott attaches a letter to Neil Leibman, President and Chief Operating Officer of Texas Rangers Action Company.
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In it, he told Leibman that although Texas is proud to host the playoffs and the World Series in its own state, it will not seek to host any other major league baseball special events, including the All-Stars. Match.
Last week, the league announced that it would transfer Atlanta’s All-Star Game and Major League Baseball draft picks on the grounds of voting.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said: “The Major League Baseball fundamentally supports the voting rights of all Americans and opposes restrictions on the ballot box.”
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“In 2020… 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 firm support for our games.”
Major League Baseball did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Major League Baseball mentioned President Biden’s criticism of the law in a press release last week.
Biden claimed that Georgia’s law prohibits people from providing food and water to voters while they are in line. He also accused the Republican-led country of ending voting at 5 pm when people were off work.
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Georgia’s law actually standardizes the so-called “normal working hours” from 9 am to 5 pm, but counties still allow counties to extend voting hours to 7 am to 7 pm.
It also allows opinion pollers to provide self-service water from unattended containers within 150 feet of the opinion poll, but prohibits people from political organizations from actively distributing food and drinks within that distance.