The 2021 MLB Al-Star Game was set to be played in Atlanta this coming Summer. That comes a year after it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 game was originally set to be played in Los Angeles, but that was moved to 2022.
The latest update from MLB is that they will NOT be playing the game in Atlanta. The league had been discussing options outside of Georgia due to the public opposition to questionable voting laws put in place there. They gathered feedback from all 30 teams and executives before making the decision today.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said that the league had conversations with MLBPA director Tony Clark about the move. Lawmakers in Georgia passed a bill that completely changed the way state elections will operate moving forward. These laws have been questioned since many believe they suppress votes, especially with people of color. President Joe Biden recently called the laws “Jim Crow on steroids”.
As of now, MLB is not announcing their new pick to host the All-Star Game. There is no reason to believe that it will be moved to Los Angeles, especially given the capacity limitations in Los Angeles County and the fact that Dodger Stadium is already slated to host in 2022.
The new Rangers ballpark in Texas could be an option if MLB is looking to fill out the stadium as much as possible. And given that there is a lot of money in the All-Star Game, it seems likely the league would go that direction. However, Texas has its own issues with voter suppression.
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