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Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement Friday regarding the 2021 All-Star Game:

"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.

"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.”

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(10) comments

Bryan Stephens

Yet the MLB is all for making sure people who show up for games have real tickets. Apparently, their need to make money is more important than making sure dead people don't vote.

richard plent

As the audit of Cobb found zero cheaters I see your post as a big fat lie.

richard plent

The GOP trying to win by cheating has consequences. This is just the beginning.

Mike Nelson

Plent, your post are so pathetic.

George Sandru

Thank you MLB. You just saved Cobb County $2 million. Find another venue for your multi millionaires to perform to enrich you billionaires even more. Note: It might be beneficial to actually read the election bill instead of taking BLM's word for what it actually states.

richard plent

We have read the Jim Crow revived bill.

David Barfield

Who's we? Where is any of it keeping anyone from legally voting? This idea that anyone who finds a way into the country should vote is ludicrous. And personally, I could care less where any sport takes their spoiled brats as long as they aren't in my way. I don't watch them, I don't need them. All entertainment companies, and any corporation trying to sell me something needs to refrain from any involvement in politics period.

Wes Breeding

Plent are you MLB?

Scott Grostefon

This is so stupid... Can't wait to see which state they move it to... and who are the poeple being hurt by this move? the ballpark workers, restaurant workers, hotel ....

David Glass

I live in Cobb. It does save $2 million, but we gave away $300 million to a private company with no say by the tax payers. If a private company (MLB) wants to move the game, don't buy tickets to Braves games. It's called voting with your wallet. Be mad at Kemp, he signed a law for a non-issue in Georgia. The irony is thick...Cobb was reviewed 2 times and investigated by the GBI and found Nothing!

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