The Major League Baseball All-Star game will be played in Denver, following its withdrawal from Atlanta to protest Georgia’s restrictive new voting law, multiple sources told ESPN on Monday.
The annual “Midsummer Classic” was set for July 13 at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, in addition to other game-related activities, including the annual MLB Draft.
Now it would be played at Coors Field in Denver, home of the Colorado Rockies, for the first time since 1998.
NBC News has contacted MLB for confirmation and details of the move.
Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. said the All-Star Game should be removed from Georgia “to demonstrate our values as a sport” after Georgia Republicans passed restrictive changes to the state electoral process on last month.
The new law adds a host of restrictions, including the requirement of ID for postal voting and a ban on bringing food or water to voters online.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp immediately enacted the bill, calling it “common sense” legislation while aligning himself with former President Donald Trump in remarks promoting the bill.
Manfred said in a statement that “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports the right to vote for all Americans and opposes restrictions on the ballot box.”
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In November, Georgia narrowly voted all 16 votes in its constituency for current President Joe Biden, marking the first time Peach State has backed a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton, originally from the United States of America. Arkansas, had won it in 1992.
Then, in January, Georgian voters elected Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the US Senate, allowing both halves of Congress and the White House to paint blue for the first time in their first two years in office. of President Barack Obama.
The Senate is split 50 to 50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Kamala Harris severing ties in party line votes.
Trump falsely claimed that fraud played a role in Georgia’s Democratic tilt, and state prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into the former president’s efforts to overturn the election results.
There has been no evidence of substantial voter impropriety in Georgia or any other state, courts at all levels have ruled.