MLB is set to pick Denver’s Coors Field as new site for the All-Star Game after pulling the event from Atlanta over Georgia’s new voting law
- MLB insider says plans are set to relocate All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver
- Commissioner’s office was expected to officially declare the pick on Tuesday
- MLB pulled the July 13 game from Atlanta in response to Georgia voting rules
- A key new provision requires a state ID number be listed on absentee ballots
- Critics slammed the move pointing out MLB requires a photo ID for tickets
- Colorado has a Democratic governor and Democrat-controlled legislature
Major League Baseball plans to relocate the All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver after pulling this year’s Midsummer Classic from Atlanta over objections to sweeping changes to Georgia’s voting laws, according to a person familiar with the decision.
MLB hasn’t officially announced the move yet, 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 Georgia voting rules that Republican Governor Brian Kemp quickly signed into law March 25.
Critics, including the CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, have condemned the voting changes as being too restrictive.
Major League Baseball plans to relocate the All-Star Game to Coors Field (above) in Denver after pulling this year’s Midsummer Classic from Atlanta
The Georgia law and the swift move by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred (above) to pull the All-Star Game on March 30 continues to stir reaction coast to coast
The Georgia law includes new limits on voting by mail, including requiring a state ID number to be provided on absentee ballots, and greater legislative control over how elections are run.
Colorado has a Democratic governor in Jared Polis and a Democratic-controlled legislature.
ESPN and MLB Network reported Monday the league had settled on Colorado for the Midsummer Classic in July.
The Georgia law and the swift move by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on March 30 continues to stir reaction coast to coast.
Florida senator Marco Rubio released a letter his office said was sent to Manfred on Monday, questioning whether the commissioner would also relinquish his membership to Augusta National in Georgia, home of the Masters, because of his public stance on the state’s newly adopted 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 March 25
Manfred has also been questioned about whether he will attend the 2021 Masters this week as planned.
Additionally, eight members of Georgia’s House of Representatives wrote to Coca-Cola and told the company that they no longer wanted free Coke products for their offices and asked the Atlanta-based soda giant to remove their remaining soda ‘immediately.’
Coca-Cola currently distributes products to legislative offices for free.
Republicans have complained that the uproar over the Georgia law is disingenuous, because aspects of it actually create more opportunities for voting.
‘Should Coke choose to read the bill, share its true intentions and accept their role in the dissemination of mistruths, we would welcome a conversation about to rebuild a working relationship,’ the Georgia GOP lawmakers wrote in their letter.
Democrats have pointed to prohibitions found in the bill, like giving people water who are standing in line, as cruel, with President Joe Biden calling it ‘Jim Crow on steroids.’
South Carolina Republican Rep. Nancy Mace suggested the league’s stance was hypocritical given its opposition to the law, which will require voters to provide a state ID number on their absentee ballot
Critics have slammed MLB for moving the All-Star Game out of Georgia over its controversial new voter-ID law – while still requiring fans to show photo identification cards to pick up tickets.
South Carolina Republican Rep. Nancy Mace suggested the league’s ticket policy was hypocritical given its opposition to the law, which will require voters to provide a state ID number on their absentee ballot.
‘Hey @MLB, this you?’ Rep. Mace wrote, along with a screenshot of the Will Call policy at mlb.com.
The official policy states: ‘Group and hospitality tickets left at Will Call will be held under one person’s name, and that person will need a picture ID to pick up their tickets.’