Why did MLB move to the All-Star game? The league takes a stand on the controversial Georgia voting law
Major League Baseball is taking a right-wing stance.
On Friday, the league announced that the 2021 MLB All-Star Game and the 2021 MLB Draft, both scheduled to take place in Atlanta, have moved George State. It is yet to be announced a new city to celebrate the Stars this season.
MLB says the decision is based on Georgia’s new bill on voting rights, which has been criticized by President Joe Biden. MLB released a statement Friday regarding the decision:
Major League Baseball basically supports the right to vote for all Americans and opposes ballot restrictions. In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the Non-Partisan Civic Alliance to help build the future of everyone involved in forming the United States. We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities in our country to fulfill their civic duty and participate actively in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to be a constant support of our game.
We will continue to celebrate Hank Aaron’s memory at this season’s All-Star festivities. In addition, the investments planned by MLB to support local communities in Atlanta will continue as part of our All-Star Legacy Projects project. We are finishing the new host city and details of these events will be announced soon.
Until a new location is determined, a new host will be announced soon.
Here’s what you need to know:
Why did MLB move the Star Game?
Major League Baseball took a tough stance on Georgia’s controversial new voting rights law, decided to move to the 2021 Star Game and the 2021 Draft, both of which were originally scheduled for Atlanta.
In March, it was launched by Georgian lawmakers a new bill on voting rights, whichamong other things, it tightens restrictions on postal voting and access to those votes.
The bill sparked outrage among local businesses and civil rights groups, and eventually led to lawsuits arguing that the bill was unconstitutional. Many see the bill as an attempt by Georgian lawmakers to remove voter turnout in the state.
Rob Manfred announced that investments will be made to support local communities in Atlanta as planned and that a new host should be selected soon.