MLB announced that it would be relocating the 2021 All-Star Game in protest of Georgia’s Voting Law, but no further update on its future host city has been presented.
The MLB All-Star game was slated for June 13th and was to be hosted by the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park, but in light of a recent voting bill passed by Georgia lawmakers, the game will be relocated. The decision is in line with previous MLB statements. The sports league is known to verbally support voting rights for all Americans, something that the Georgia Voting Law directly contradicts.
According to the statement made by Commissioner of Baseball, Robert D. Manfred Jr., “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.” The MLB’s decision to relocate the All-Star game is in line with that mission and is meant to represent the feelings and conversations with the many identities of the MLB. Manfred confirmed that the decision was made after careful consideration and conversations with “Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance.”
This is not the first big-name that has been outspoken against the Georgia voting law. President Joe Biden told Sage Steele of ESPN that the Georgia law is “Jim Crow on steroids.”
There has been an outpour of response to the Georgia voting law- a law that seeks to confuse voters and give more power to Republican lawmakers, according to The New York Times. The voting law is set to restrict voting access in ways that will impact Black voters in particular.
Stacey Abrams, a Georgia Democrat, says that the law is upsetting and that companies that disagree with the law should stop any financial support to Georgia’s Republican Party. The MLB’s decision is one such example of vocalizing its opposition to the law, a decision that will impact Atlanta and Georgia as a whole.
The MLB still plans to commemorate Hank Aaron during the All-Star festivities, as the late baseball player played for the Atlanta Braves during his career. It will also continue to support the local communities of Atlanta through its All-Star Legacy Projects and denounces potential boycotts of local Atlanta business.
While the decision to relocate the game is final, there is no word yet on possible replacement hosts. The MLB did confirm that it will not move up the L.A. All-Star game slated for 2022.