Major League Baseball has removed Atlanta as the host of the All-Star Game and MLB draft for 2021 in response to Georgia’s new controversial voting law.
No new page has been announced for the events.
“Over the past week we have had thoughtful conversations with clubs, past and current players, the Players Association and the Players Alliance to hear their views. I’ve decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is to move this year’s All-Star game and MLB draft, “MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports the voting rights of all Americans and rejects ballot box restrictions. In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future where everyone is involved in shaping the United States. We are proud to have used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities in our country to fulfill their civic duties and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to be steadfastly supported by our game.
“We will continue our plans to celebrate the memory of Hank Aaron during this season’s All-Star Celebrations. Additionally, MLB’s planned investments to support local communities in Atlanta will continue as part of our All-Star Legacy Projects. We are completing a new host city and details of these events will be announced shortly. “
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