Major League Baseball did not want to let Atlanta host All-Star Weekend in the face of a voting law that Democrats opposed. Now, the Braves are on the verge of the World Series, and the league apparently has no interest in moving its biggest games out of Atlanta.
Based on Democratic lies about Georgia’s voting law, MLB moved its All-Star Weekend from Atlanta, saying, “It was the best ways to demonstrate our values as a sport.”
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process.”
But there is no reason for Atlanta to be able to host games in the National League Championship Series or the World Series if Georgia’s voting law is “Jim Crow on steroids,” as President Joe Biden put it. If Manfred was consistent, it would only make sense to keep these games (which are far more important to the league than All-Star Weekend) out of the state that he had already declared to be violating people’s rights.
And he isn’t the only one who is inconsistent. Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts apparently has no problems with having to play playoff games in Atlanta, though he supported moving the All-Star Weekend from Atlanta. While admitting that he was “not completely versed on everything,” Roberts offered his inaccurate, partisan take on the voting law as “something I fundamentally and intrinsically disagree with.” He praised MLB for “being proactive” and for setting a tone that “we have to be in it together.”
Apparently, that only applies when the World Series isn’t on the line.
Manfred and MLB leadership don’t actually care about voting bills, or they would be moving the NLCS games out of Atlanta (and the ALCS games out of Houston, given that Texas passed a similar bill). It was an easy political gesture to make to show that the league cared about “voting rights,” even if it exposed their hypocrisy both past and present.
Manfred, Roberts, and others in the league will likely never have to answer for buying into political propaganda and harming Georgia business owners in the process, but that is what they did. And when the first pitch is thrown out on Saturday in Truist Park, it will cement the fact that this was all done for liberal praise and not to combat “Jim Crow on steroids.”