Atlanta Braves Respond to MLB's All-Star Game Decision with "Deep Disappointment"

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Atlanta Braves Respond to MLB’s All-Star Game Decision with “Deep Disappointment”

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As they were excited to host the 2021 MLB All-Star Game at their new ballpark, Truist Park, the Atlanta Braves are “deeply disappointed” by Major League Baseball’s decision to move the game from Georgia in response to the state’s new voting restrictions law.

The team just issued the following statement, noting that they did not recommend the decision, even as they “stress the importance of equal voting opportunities”:

I’m not sure I would’ve slid the word “victims” into the statement, and I definitely wouldn’t have included the tomahawk. But, yeah, they’re upset. For now, MLB is planning to relocate the All-Star Game to another ballpark, and the logistics would make it very difficult to change course even if Georgia were to act swiftly on its new law.

At a personal level, I do feel bad for individual Braves fans who were looking forward having the All-Star Game locally, something that happens only about every 30 years. I’m also sure there were some in the organization who truly believe in the cause of equal voting rights, and further believed they could use the game as a platform to address the issues. There are definitely people for whom this decision sucks.

But MLB has decided, on a subject many other large businesses are currently grabbling with, they need to send a stronger message and vote with their feet, so to speak.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.