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MLB pulls 2021 All-Star Game from Georgia due to new voting restrictions

In a stunning turn of events, MLB holds Georgia accountable for new laws suppressing voting rights.

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

MLB announced Friday that the 2021 All-Star Game, which had been scheduled to take place at Truist Park in Cobb County, Georgia, will now take place at a different site due to concerns about Georgia’s new laws that suppress voting rights. Commissioner Rob Manfred cited The Players Alliance as a group that influenced the decision, and the organization expressed its support for the decision shortly after the official announcement.

This decision is quite shocking for a league like MLB that consistently has taken a guarded, slow-moving approach to dealing with social issues, and it may be a sign of how much The Players Alliance has influenced the league’s approach.

The Braves expressed their disappointment in a statement Friday, saying that the “businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision.”

The league has not yet announced a new site for the 2021 All-Star Game. They’ll also have to find a new location for the 2021 MLB Draft, which was scheduled to take place as part of the All-Star festivities.