Ex-MLB commissioner Fay Vincent rejects successor Rob Manfred’s decision to move the All-Star Game

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Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent has criticized successor Rob Manfred for the “ mistake ” of moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver in response to Georgia’s new voting law that many say is racist.

‘Major League Baseball cannot become a weapon in the culture wars, a hostage to one political party or ideology,’ Vincent wrote in The Wall Street Journal‘opinion section.

Georgia’s new law restricts e-mail voting and provides more legislative control over the electoral process following former President Donald Trump’s baseless allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election. Critics of the law, including Delta and Coca-Cola, say it is unfairly targeting minority voters in metropolitan areas.

Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent has condemned successor Rob Manfred (pictured) for the `` mistake '' of moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver in response to the new Georgia electoral law that many say is racist.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has been criticized for moving the All-Star Game to Denver

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has been criticized for moving the All-Star Game to Denver

Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent (left) has criticized successor Rob Manfred (right) for the ‘mistake’ of moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver in response to Georgia’s new voting law that many say is racist .

According to Vincent, who served as MLB commissioner from 1989 to 1992, the parties aggrieved in this case are “the stadium workers and local salesmen of Atlanta.” The All-Star Game is lucrative for host cities, generating an average of $ 84.4 million per year for the past decade, according to MLB data. “The Midsummer All-Star Game is an exhibition that only benefits the city where it is played,” Vincent wrote. ‘The players are paid no matter where the game takes place. MLB gets the same television revenue ‘

In his piece, Vincent accused Manfred of making a “grave mistake” by moving the annual Midsummer Exhibition to Denver’s Coors Field “without first protesting the content of the law.”

Mr. Manfred failed to express any specific criticism of the Georgian voting law, ‘Vincent wrote. “Now he has put himself in the awkward position of defending Colorado’s electoral laws.”

Conservatives, including Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp, have portrayed Manfred as an uninformed hypocrite about the decision, claiming that Colorado’s laws to vote are similarly prohibited.

“Georgia has 17 days of personal early voting, including two optional Sundays, Colorado has 15,” Kemp said. So what I’m told, they also need photo ID. So it doesn’t make much sense to me. ‘

Kemp was not quite right. Colorado does not require identification for postal voting, and while it does for initial registrations, voters can use 16 different forms of ID.

Additionally, Colorado Democrats brag about their mail-in voting system for its accessibility. In November, for example, there were over 350 ballot drop boxes and voters could track their votes to see if they were accepted and counted, thanks to Colorado’s statewide tracking system.

Conservatives, including Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp (pictured), have portrayed Manfred as an uninformed hypocrite about the decision, arguing that Colorado’s laws against voting are similarly prohibited. “Georgia has 17 days of personal early voting, including two optional Sundays, Colorado has 15,” Kemp said. So what I’m told, they also need photo ID. So it doesn’t make much sense to me. Kemp wasn’t quite right. Colorado does not require identification for postal voting, and while it does for initial registrations, voters can use 16 different forms of ID

Roswell's Ann White holds protest signs on the stairs in the north wing of the Georgia State Capitol building on Day 38 of the Atlanta Legislative Session

Roswell's Ann White holds protest signs on the stairs in the north wing of the Georgia State Capitol building on Day 38 of the Atlanta Legislative Session

Roswell’s Ann White holds protest signs on the stairs in the north wing of the Georgia State Capitol building on Day 38 of the Atlanta Legislative Session

But Vincent’s criticism of Manfred’s decision goes deeper than just his understanding of Colorado voting laws.

According to the former commissioner, who served from 1989 to 1992, the aggrieved parties in this case are “the stadium workers and local salesmen of Atlanta.”

The All-Star Game is lucrative for host cities, generating an average of $ 84.4 million per year for the past decade, according to MLB data.

“The Midsummer All-Star Game is an exhibition that only benefits the city where it is played,” Vincent wrote. ‘The players are paid no matter where the game takes place. MLB receives the same television revenue. ‘

Vincent also believes that baseball should be bigger than any political issue.

“During my time as a commissioner, I learned that the American people view baseball as a public trust,” he wrote. They want the stake to represent the best and noblest of our national virtues. They see baseball as the repository of their dreams, even when looking for their favorite teams. They don’t want and won’t accept anything that separates them from the history and leadership of the game.

Major League Baseball should not become a weapon in the culture wars, a hostage of one political party or ideology. It can’t be just for the rich or the poor, nor just one race, as it was until 1947. Baseball must always be above politics and its dark elements of corruption, greed and sordid selfishness. It cannot go wrong by standing for national greatness. ‘