MLB plans to choose Denver’s Coors Field as new site for All-Star Game after event is pulled out of Atlanta due to Georgia’s new voting law
- MLB insider says there are plans to move All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver
- The commissioner’s office would officially make the choice on Tuesday
- MLB pulled the July 13 game from Atlanta in response to Georgia voting rules
- A major new provision requires that a state ID number be listed on absentee ballots
- Critics declined the move, pointing out that MLB requires photo ID for tickets
- Colorado has a Democratic governor and a Democratic-controlled legislature
Major League Baseball plans to move the All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver after pulling this year’s Midsummer Classic out of Atlanta over objections to sweeping changes to Georgia’s voting laws, according to a person familiar with the decision.
MLB has not yet officially announced the move, and the commissioner’s office was expected to declare Tuesday that the Colorado Rockies will host the game.
MLB pulled the July 13 game from Truist Park in Atlanta in response to the Georgia voting rules that Republican Governor Brian Kemp quickly signed into law on March 25.
Critics, including the CEOs of Delta Air Lines and Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, have condemned the vote changes as too restrictive.
Major League Baseball plans to move the All-Star Game to Coors Field (top) in Denver after pulling this year’s Midsummer Classic from Atlanta
Georgian law and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s swift move (above) to pull the All-Star Game on March 30 continues to spark the reaction from coast to coast
Georgian law sets new limits on postal voting, including the requirement to provide a state identification number on absentee ballots, and more legislative control over how elections are held.
Colorado has a Democratic Governor in Jared Polis and a democratically controlled legislature.
ESPN and MLB Network reported on Monday that the league had settled in Colorado in July for the Midsummer Classic.
Georgian law and the swift action of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on March 30 continues to spark the response from coast to coast.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio released a letter his office said had been sent to Manfred Monday, questioning whether the commissioner would also relinquish his membership of Augusta National in Georgia, home of the Masters, due to his public position on the newly adopted state voting laws.
MLB pulled the July 13 game from Truist Park in Atlanta in response to Georgia voting rules that Republican Governor Brian Kemp quickly signed into law on March 25
Manfred has also been asked whether he will attend the 2021 Masters this week as planned.
In addition, eight members of the Georgian House of Representatives wrote Coca-Cola telling the company that they no longer wanted free Coke products for their offices and asking the Atlanta-based soft drink giant to remove their remaining pop “ immediately. ”
Coca-Cola is currently distributing free products to regulatory agencies.
Republicans have complained that the uproar about Georgian law is unfair because aspects of it actually create more opportunities to vote.
“ Should Coke choose to read the bill, share its true intentions, and accept their role in spreading falsehoods, we would welcome a conversation about rebuilding a working relationship, ” wrote Georgia GOP lawmakers. their letter.
Democrats have pointed to bans in the bill, such as watering people standing in line, as cruel, with President Joe Biden calling it “ Jim Crow on steroids. ”
South Carolina Republican Representative. Nancy Mace suggested that the league’s stance was hypocritical given the opposition to the law, which requires voters to include a state ID number on their absentee ballot.
Critics have criticized MLB for moving the All-Star Game out of Georgia over controversial new voter ID law – while fans are still required to show photo IDs to pick up tickets.
South Carolina Republican Representative Nancy Mace suggested the league’s ticket policy was hypocritical given backlash against the law requiring voters to include a state identification number on their absentee ballot.
‘Hey @MLB, is this you?’ Rep. Mace, along with a screenshot of the Will Call policy, wrote on mlb.com.
The official policy is, “Group and hospitality tickets left at Will Call will be held under the name of one person, and that person will need photo ID to collect their tickets.”