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.
Whoa. MLB announces it is pulling this year's All-Star game and the amateur draft from Georgia. pic.twitter.com/QqJzR3lAcy— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) April 2, 2021
We stand in support of @MLB's decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game. pic.twitter.com/ESTh4g4bVj— ThePlayersAlliance (@Player_Alliance) April 2, 2021
For those who are wondering, here's how Georgia's new laws suppress voting (via https://t.co/9CeWBxB7Yy) https://t.co/btLO8DmWPh pic.twitter.com/WG7S5WICr1— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) April 2, 2021
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 Braves statement regarding the moving of the MLB All-Star Game: pic.twitter.com/0Iapm3eIre— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 2, 2021
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.