Major League Baseball pulled off its summer All-Star Game on Friday from suburban Atlanta, the first major rebellion New Republican-backed Election Law In Georgia that reduces voting access, especially in the state’s urban areas.
The decision was made by Baseball Commissioner, Rob Manfred Days of pressure From civil rights groups and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The action is likely to put additional pressure on other major organizations and corporations to consider pulling Georgia’s business, a move that both Republicans and Democrats in the state oppose, despite disagreeing about the new voting law.
Baseball’s decision is coming close to passing new laws from other states that would restrict voting in their states. In Texas, home of two professional baseball teams, the State Senate Passed a law this week Which would limit early voting hours, ban through voting, add new restrictions to absentee voting and make it illegal for local election officials to mail out illegal voting ballots, even if they are eligible. In Florida, for two major league teams, the state Legislature has introduced a bill that would severely limit the drop box.
Earlier this week, President Biden Joined a growing call to transfer the game Due to the new voting law, which was predicted by him and civil rights groups An external influence on people of color. Georgia law introduced strict identification requirements for absentee voting, limiting the use of drop boxes and Expanded the Legislature’s power over elections.
Mr. Manfred said in a statement that after interacting with teams, players, former stars and players’ union officials, he had concluded that “the best way to showcase our values as a sport is this year’s All-Star The game and the MLB draft have to move. “
Baseball said it is finalizing details about this year’s All-Star Game and new locations for the draft. The upcoming April 15 in the league faced the prospect of Jackie Robinson becoming the first modern black player in the major leagues, and an All-Star week dedicated to former Atlanta Braves great Henry Aaron, while the state’s voting law was sweeping Viewed formally. Loom as targeting black voters.
Georgia Democrats did not call for a boycott of the game, but were pressuring Major League Baseball and Georgia’s other corporations to oppose the state’s new voting law.
Stacey Abrams, a prominent leader of the state’s Democrats leader, said on Friday that he is “disappointed” Baseball pulled off its All-Star Game, but said he “Proud of his stand on the right to vote“Senator John Ossoff, in a Democrat election by-election in January, said that Georgia or Georgia companies should not be boycotted on Thursday, but companies upset about the law” withholding any financial support to the Republican Party of Georgia needed.”
Several Democratic members of the state Legislature have been in a similar manner against boycotts in Georgia. Outside Atlanta, Democratic Senator Jane Jordan wrote, “Stop with this boycott nonsense” On twitter last week. “Not me but people and companies should use their economic power in this state for change, not here at all.”
At least one Georgia Democrat, Representative Terry Anulwick, whose Cobb County district includes the Braves’ stadium, expressed disappointment that it would no longer host the game.
Georgia Republicans have scoffed at the prospect of a boycott. After Coca-Cola objected to the law, David Ralston, State House Speaker, Told reporters that he drinks a pepsi, An act of heretics in coke-dominated Atlanta.
Mr. Biden said in a television interview with ESPN on Thursday ahead of MLB opening day that he would “vigorously support” the move to the All-Star Game from Atlanta. He called Georgia’s law and similar restrictive voting bills that Republicans “Jim Crow on steroids” in almost every state.
Although the National Basketball Association has often been at the forefront of advancing progressive politics – it moved its own all-star game out of Charlotte after the North Carolina Republics implemented a “bathroom ban” on transgender people – baseball has hardly Ever made a political statement significant outside Georgia while advancing its midsummer classic.
In an interview earlier this week The Associated Press, Mr. Manfred, baseball commissioner, had indicated that he was insisting on advancing the game, but declined to make any firm commitments.
“I am talking to various constituencies within the game and I am not moving forward when I will consider it or not,” Mr Mannefred said at the time.
MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clarke said the association was willing to discuss the game to be held on 13 July. Trist Park in suburban Cobb County, home of the Atlanta Braves.
James wagner, Kevin draper And Joe Drape Contributed to reporting.