Major League Baseball will reportedly move its All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver after MLB decided to take the game away from Atlanta due to a controversial voting law in Georgia, according to The Associated Press.
- MLB is expected to announce the field switch Tuesday.
- The Colorado Rockies — who play at Coors Field — will be the hosts of the 2021 All-Star Game. Coors Field is about 355 miles away from Moab, Utah.
Why did MLB All-Star Game leave Atlanta?
- “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,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “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.”
The announcement came about one day after President Joe Biden said he would support the move due to the new voting law.
What is Georgia’s new voting law?
Georgia’s new voting law is a little complicated. But it would add changes to the voting system now that, experts say, could restrict some voting access to people, as I explained for the Deseret News.
- Per The Washington Post, the new law features “new identification requirements for mail-in ballots and makes it a crime for third-party groups to hand out food and water to voters standing in line, among other measures.”