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Baseball's All-Star Game moved from Atlanta over voting laws

Braves ballpark The 2021 All Star Game is being relocated from Sun Trust Park home of the Atlanta
Ginger Lawrence | 04 April, 2021, 07:04

The MLB Draft, scheduled for July 11-13, also will be moved to another state.

While President Biden and other prominent Democrats like former state representative Stacy Abrams have criticized the law as an attempt to make voting more hard in Georgia, Republicans argue that's a deliberate mischaracterization of what the law actually does.

MLB officials said the league would no longer host its All-Star Game in Atlanta.

He added: "Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections". But in a press conference on Saturday, Kemp characterized the MLB's move as one based on "fear and lies from liberal activists". "If the left doesn't agree with you, facts and the truth do not matter".

NKU associate professor of political science Ryan Salzman said the news caught him off guard.

"Obviously voting rights are a pillar in this country".

With the Georgia bill, more than 180 business owners have signed a statement against the law, including Lyft, Target and Blue Apron.

Rep. Park Cannon, D-Atlanta, applauds as Rep. Bee Nguyen, D-Atlanta, speaks in opposition of SB 202 in the House Chambers during a legislative session at the Georgia State Capitol Building in Atlanta, Thursday, March 25, 2021.

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"I really don't follow any kind of politics, really, but as far as the All-Star Game, that's kind of a bummer for the city of Atlanta", said Red Sox pitcher Garrett Richards. That would represent action, as opposed to this disingenuous part of the Braves' statement: "The Braves organization will continue to stress the importance of equal voting opportunities and we had hoped our city could use this event as a platform to enhance the discussion".

FILE - In this October 7, 2018, file photo, ground crews prepare the field at Sun Trust Park, now known as Truist Park, ahead of Game 3 of MLB baseball's National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta.

"I think in a world now where people want and need to be heard - and in this particular case, people of color - for Major League Baseball to listen and do something about it, to be proactive, it sets a tone", said Roberts, the son of a Black father and Japanese mother.

Abrams, who has championed voting rights since her loss to Kemp, blasted the new voting law. It also expands weekend early voting, although Republicans had earlier proposed limiting it.

The MLB's exemption dates back to a unanimous 1922 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Federal Baseball Club of Baltimore, Inc. v. Atlanta will no doubt share in the economic loss, though the Braves' home stadium is now located outside the city, in suburban Cobb County. The league hasn't yet announced where the 2021 All-Star Game will be played. The union, which has no say in approving the location of the All-Star game, was not aware he had made a final decision until the public announcement. "I urge others in positions of leadership to do so as well". "The governor, from his statement, has made clear he doesn't feel he is being punished".

Other major sports events have been moved over social issues. Arizona became the last state to adopt an MLK Holiday when voters approved it in November 1992. It would have been the third time Atlanta served as host, having previously held the event in 1972 and 2000. Post-renovations, Wrigley Field is already on the short list for one of the next All-Star Games, by the way.

Manfred said despite the change of venue, Major League Baseball still plans to use the All-Star Game this year to honor Hank Aaron, the Braves' Hall of Famer and former career home run champion who died on January 22 at age 86.