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Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans
Published on April 3, 2021 2:14 AM

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Cardboard cutouts of fans are seen in the otherwise empty seats in Truist Park, the Atlanta-area venue that was set to host the MLB's All-Star game. | John Amis/AP Photo
Major League Baseball is moving its All-Star Game out of Atlanta after Georgia enacted new voting restrictions last week, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced in a statement Friday.

"Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box," Manfred wrote in the statement. "Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views. I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year's All-Star Game and MLB Draft."

Manfred said that MLB is finalizing a new location for the "Midsummer Classic," which "will be announced shortly." The game was scheduled to be played at the home of the Atlanta Braves, Truist Park, in Cobb County.

The Braves said in a statement Friday that the organization is "deeply disappointed" in MLB's move, saying businesses, employees and fans are "victims" of the change.