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MLB doesn’t touch politics in its All-Star Game announcement, but Colorado

Last week, Major League Baseball made it clear that voting rights were at the core of the decision to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia. But Tuesday’s official MLB release about the July 13 game moving to Denver did not discuss voting or get political in the least bit, with Commissioner Rob Manfred saying he appreciated the Colorado Rockies’, Denver’s and the state’s “flexibility and enthusiasm to deliver a first-class event for our game and the region.”

Gov. Jared Polis also ducked questions about Colorado’s election laws on Tuesday morning, but Denver Mayor Michael Hancock didn’t shy away from politics in an interview with The Denver Post. He said moving the game and all related festivities in Denver and at and Coors Field is a direct result of Colorado’s inclusive and accessible voting system that’s often referred to as the gold standard in the U.S.

“This is a cautionary tale for any state, any city who wants to restrict access to one’s rights to vote,” Hancock said. “For every action, there’s going to be a reaction.”

He added: “Even in a partisan environment we still make sure that nothing trumps full access to the ballot box. Voting is the heartbeat of democracy … You lean in and make it more inclusive. You don’t restrict.”

John Spink, Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

Workers load an All-Star sign onto a trailer after it was removed from Truist Park in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. 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.

MLB moved the All-Star Game out of the Atlanta area last week in response to a new Georgia voting law that voting rights advocates say will restrict access, particularly for people of color. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” and that the decision was made after discussions with individual big-league players as well as the Players Alliance, an organization of Black players formed after the death of George Floyd last year in Minnesota.

Many conservative figures — from Fox News personalities to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — have been quick to criticize MLB, with some saying it’s being moved from one state where ID is required to vote to another state where ID is required to vote.

“Georgia has 17 days of in-person early voting, including two optional Sundays. Colorado has 15,” Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said. “So…

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