April 7, 2021
Coors Field in Denver reportedly has been chosen to host this year’s All-Star Game on July 13 after Major League Baseball decided to pull the event from Atlanta over Georgia’s new voter-suppression laws, The Daily Beast reports.
Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred issued the following statement: “”Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views. 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.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box. In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States. We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”
The new, restrictive voting legislation—signed last week by Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp, imposes ID requirements for absentee ballots; and makes it illegal to approach voters to give them food and water as they wait in line to cast their ballots.
Although the move hasn’t been officially confirmed, leaders in Colorado already are buzzing with excitement that the game might be coming back to Denver for the first time since 1998, The Daily Beast notes.
Democratic Colorado Governor Jared Polis said: “I’m excited and hopeful that Major League Baseball makes the best decision and formally chooses to play the 2021 All-Star game in Denver.”
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