MLB moves All-Star game, draft out of Georgia

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A baseball with MLB logo is seen at Citizens Bank Park before a game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

(Nexstar) – Major League Baseball is moving its annual All-Star game and draft out of Georgia over voting laws recently passed in the state.  

Commission Rob Manfred Jr. confirmed the move Friday in a statement and reaffirmed the MLB’s stance on voting access.  

“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” The Commissioner said in the statement. “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.” 

State lawmakers in Georgia overhauled the elections laws in March and have faced backlash since the bills were signed into law by the Governor.  

A new host city was not announced, but Manfred Jr. said details would be ‘announced shortly.’ 

Read the full statement below:  

“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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