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MLB moving All Star Game out of Atlanta

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MLB is moving the All Star Game from Atlanta in response to the State of Georgia passing legislation restricting voting rights

National League Wild Card Game 2: Cincinnati Reds v. Atlanta Braves Photo by Adam Hagy/MLB Photos via Getty Images

MLB had announced that the 2021 All Star Game will not take place in Atlanta, as originally scheduled. The move is in response to legislation just passed by the State of Georgia that restricts voting access and is widely seen as being an effort to disenfranchise voters and make it easier for the state to overturn the results of an election of the results do not please those in power.

MLB’s announcement indicates the decision was made with the involvement and input of, among others, the MLBPA and the Players Alliance. The MLB Draft, which was also slated to take place in Atlanta, is being relocated as well.

The irony is that the All Star Game in Atlanta was seen as an opportunity to celebrate the life and career of Hank Aaron, who recently passed away. Aaron was a civil rights advocate, and I have no doubt MLB realized the problem with honoring Aaron in Georgia in the aftermath of Georgia passing a law seemingly designed to make it harder for African Americans to vote.