MLB moves All-Star Game out of Atlanta Braves' stadium due to Georgia's voter restriction law

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HOMERUN IMO -Baseball steps up to the dish.


The 2021 MLB All-Star Game won't be in Georgia.

Major League Baseball announced Friday afternoon that the game would be moving out of the Atlanta Braves' Truist Park because of the state's new law that restricts voting rights. The draft is also being moved out of Georgia.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that "the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year's All-Star Game and MLB draft."

You can read Manfred's statement in its entirety below. No replacement location was immediately announced.

“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," commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "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."
“We will continue with our plans to celebrate the memory of Hank Aaron during this season’s All-Star festivities. In addition, MLB’s planned investments to support local communities in Atlanta as part of our All-Star Legacy Projects will move forward. We are finalizing a new host city and details about these events will be announced shortly.”

Georgia lawmakers feeling corporate pressure​

Baseball's move comes after corporations have spoken out against Georgia's new law that severely curtails voting access across the state and even makes it impermissible to provide food and water to voters waiting in line. The bill was passed by Georgia's Republican-majority state legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and was introduced in the wake of Democratic wins in November and January runoff elections.

Atlanta-based companies Coca-Cola, Delta, and Home Depot had come out against the law publicly earlier in the week. The CEO of Delta said in a company memo obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the law was "unacceptable" and "based on a lie" that widespread voter fraud impacted the outcome of the statewide elections in Georgia.

Evidence of voter fraud has not been substantiated and multiple recounts of President Joe Biden's November win in the state were conducted.

All-Star Game awarded to Truist Park in 2019​

Atlanta has been prepping to host the 2021 All-Star Game since it was awarded to the city and Truist Park in 2019. The game was given to Atlanta after the opening of Truist Park — formerly SunTrust Park — ahead of the 2017 season. The Braves' new stadium replaced Turner Field.

Truist Park is located in an unincorporated area of Cobb County northwest of downtown Atlanta. Turner Field, now the home of Georgia State's football team, is located in Fulton County in Atlanta.

NBA All-Star Game once moved out of Charlotte​

Baseball's move of its All-Star Game is not unprecedented. The NBA moved its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte after North Carolina passed a law that limited discrimination protections against LGBTQ people and, namely, forced transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponded with the sex on their birth certificates.

The game was ultimately played in Charlotte in 2019 after parts of the law — including the bathroom provision — were repealed in 2017 after public pressure
 
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Good for MLB.

I hope major corporations follow suit and move out.


But mostly I hope Americans who live in Georgia vote these Republican assholes out of office.
 

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Good for MLB.

I hope major corporations follow suit and move out.


But mostly I hope Americans who live in Georgia vote these Republican assholes out of office.
Just like the Senate, it doesn't matter if there are more Dems, they are too concentrated. R's will continue to control the legislature. The best they can do is get a Dem governor next time.
 

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Good for MLB.

I hope major corporations follow suit and move out.


But mostly I hope Americans who live in Georgia vote these Republican assholes out of office.
Yeah, those republican assholes who are extending voting hours and expanding early voting days. Very suppressive of them....I know but but the water 🤡
 

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Apparently, the same old, tired Jim Crow shit doesn't fly under the radar quite as well as it used to. Not in 2021.

Corporations follow the bottom line, and they know they are and always will be beholden to public opinion and their image in the marketplace. They research the hell out of these things, and with good reason. Corporations don't like anything that smacks of trouble for the profit margin. Don't want the executive bonuses threatened. Don't want to see their stock price plummeting.
 

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Yeah, those republican assholes who are extending voting hours and expanding early voting days. Very suppressive of them....I know but but the water 🤡
Yes, yes of course. They're actually making it easier for "those people" to vote.

Go fuck yourself, racist.
 

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Yes, yes of course. They're actually making it easier for "those people" to vote.

Go fuck yourself, racist.
Not sure where you get race from anything I said. I guess CNN is racists then cause their fact checker says exactly what I said. Go ahead and continue to be uninformed and recycle talking points. Then call other people racists when you're wrong.

I mean please tell me what's racist?
 

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Not sure where you get race from anything I said. I guess CNN is racists then cause their fact checker says exactly what I said. Go ahead and continue to be uninformed and recycle talking points. Then call other people racists when you're wrong.

I mean please tell me what's racist?

If you're upset with the moving of the All Star Game, is your complaint with Major League Baseball?
 

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If you're upset with the moving of the All Star Game, is your complaint with Major League Baseball?
I just think its dumb for uninformed CEO's to pander to this false narrative that the voting bill is suppressing votes. The president has been fact checked 3 times for saying the bill reduces voting hours. Thats factually wrong. These CEO's dont understand whats even in the bill OR what laws were even in place in the first place before they cave to the public outcry. The ballot boxes didnt even exists before the 2020 election. They were only added for covid protocols, so to say removing these boxes is to suppress the vote is flat out not correct. The bill actually dictates the counties are now required to have ballot boxes. Now we can debate on whether you think its correct to have a ballot box on every corner, but its not suppressing the vote to bring the election back to pre-covid procedures.

 

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I just think its dumb for uninformed CEO's to pander to this false narrative that the voting bill is suppressing votes. The president has been fact checked 3 times for saying the bill reduces voting hours. Thats factually wrong. These CEO's dont understand whats even in the bill OR what laws were even in place in the first place before they cave to the public outcry. The ballot boxes didnt even exists before the 2020 election. They were only added for covid protocols, so to say removing these boxes is to suppress the vote is flat out not correct. The bill actually dictates the counties are now required to have ballot boxes. Now we can debate on whether you think its correct to have a ballot box on every corner, but its not suppressing the vote to bring the election back to pre-covid procedures.


The woke mob has built a fine tuned extortion machine & they now aim it corporations (including sports) for political gain. It's a continuation of their oppressive, communist style tactics. Remember...they don't want to be left alone. They want to inject their politics into every aspect of daily life, so that there is nothing that is not political. The communists know & enjoy the logical outcome of pro sports turning on it's fans, is sports losing their popularity & place as an American cultural institution.
 

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I just think its dumb for uninformed CEO's to pander to this false narrative that the voting bill is suppressing votes. The president has been fact checked 3 times for saying the bill reduces voting hours. Thats factually wrong. These CEO's dont understand whats even in the bill OR what laws were even in place in the first place before they cave to the public outcry. The ballot boxes didnt even exists before the 2020 election. They were only added for covid protocols, so to say removing these boxes is to suppress the vote is flat out not correct. The bill actually dictates the counties are now required to have ballot boxes. Now we can debate on whether you think its correct to have a ballot box on every corner, but its not suppressing the vote to bring the election back to pre-covid procedures.


Significantly less time to request absentee ballots. 180 days down to 78 prior to the election. Six months down to three. Have to be requested 11 days prior when the former was only four. Drop boxes are going to be purposely limited. We all know why. Make it more difficult to vote. Instead of 24 hour access to the boxes, evenings and nonbusiness hours will not be available.

Mobile voting centers that help bring people without transportation to polling places are now banned.

People who go to the wrong polling places will be turned away. May seem like a tough mistake to make....but repubs having been cutting polling places like crazy in an attempt to suppress voting. Over 200 polling places in Georgia closed just from 2012 to 2018. Plenty of folks having their polling places changed often.
 

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Significantly less time to request absentee ballots. 180 days down to 78 prior to the election. Six months down to three. Have to be requested 11 days prior when the former was only four. Drop boxes are going to be purposely limited. We all know why. Make it more difficult to vote. Instead of 24 hour access to the boxes, evenings and nonbusiness hours will not be available.

Mobile voting centers that help bring people without transportation to polling places are now banned.

People who go to the wrong polling places will be turned away. May seem like a tough mistake to make....but repubs having been cutting polling places like crazy in an attempt to suppress voting. Over 200 polling places in Georgia closed just from 2012 to 2018. Plenty of folks having their polling places changed often.
BUT EARLY VOTING DAYS WERE ADDED! That makes all the other suppression OK!
 

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The woke mob has built a fine tuned extortion machine & they now aim it corporations (including sports) for political gain. It's a continuation of their oppressive, communist style tactics. Remember...they don't want to be left alone. They want to inject their politics into every aspect of daily life, so that there is nothing that is not political. The communists know & enjoy the logical outcome of pro sports turning on it's fans, is sports losing their popularity & place as an American cultural institution.

Feel free to exercise you right to move back to Costa Rica. Or do you still have unresolved legal issues?
 

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The woke mob has built a fine tuned extortion machine & they now aim it corporations (including sports) for political gain. It's a continuation of their oppressive, communist style tactics. Remember...they don't want to be left alone. They want to inject their politics into every aspect of daily life, so that there is nothing that is not political. The communists know & enjoy the logical outcome of pro sports turning on it's fans, is sports losing their popularity & place as an American cultural institution.

Ah, yes, that famously harmonious duo, communism and corporations. You really are a dumb ass.
 
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