Written by Pat GrahamThe Associated Press
Major League Baseball plans to move the All-Star game to Coors Field in Denver after this year’s Midsummer Classic was withdrawn from Atlanta over objections to sweeping changes to Georgia’s voting laws, according to a person familiar with the decision.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Monday night because MLB has not announced the move yet. On Tuesday, the commissioner’s office had been expected to announce that the Colorado Rockies would host the match.
ESPN was the first to report the decision.
The MLB withdrew the July 13 match from Truist Park in Atlanta in response to Georgia’s voting rules spelled out by the Republican governor. Soon Brian Kemp signed into law on March 25. Critics, including executives of Delta Airlines and Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, denounced the changes as too restrictive.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision to move All-Star Events and Amateur Draft from Atlanta after discussions with singles players and the Players Alliance, an organization of black players that formed after George Floyd’s death last year, the commissioner said in a statement.
Kemp pledged to defend the measure, and other Republicans criticized the MLB’s move. Texas State. Greg Abbott backtracked on the first pitch throw in the opening game for the Texas Rangers home on Monday and said the state would not seek to host the All-Star Game or any other special events in the MLB.
Coors Field last hosted All-Star in 1998, the fourth season and sixth season of the Rockies.
“Like a lot of Coloradoans, I’m excited and hopeful that Major League Baseball will make the best decision and officially choose to play the 2021 All-Star Game in Denver,” said Colorado Gove. Jared Police said in a written statement before the move was officially announced. “It’s going to be good for baseball and good for Colorado.”
Colorado mails ballots to every registered voter. People are allowed to register to vote on election day. As a result, it routinely enjoys one of the highest participation rates in the United States
Colorado correspondent Jesse Paul contributed to this report.