Former MLB Commissioner Disagrees With Manfred Decision To Move ASG

By now, I’m sure you have heard about Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta. That controversial decision came after mounting pressure to punish the state of Georgia following the passing of new voting laws.

Let’s just say it hasn’t gone over well.

There has been severe backlash over the decision, especially since other logical measures haven’t followed. For example, the Atlanta Braves will still play all 81 of their home games in the state, and they haven’t even made an attempt to find a change of venue.

Why? Well, I’ll tell you why: commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t getting pressured by activist to move the Braves home games. This isn’t about what’s right or wrong with the new laws — it’s about pressure. Georgia governor Brian Kemp recently said as much on OutKick the Coverage with Clay Travis.

Former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent even disagrees with Manfred’s decision to move the game. In a recent article for the Wall Street Journal, Vincent laid out his concerns with the tactic.

“Major League Baseball can’t become a weapon in the culture wars, a hostage for one political party or ideology,” Vincent said in the article. “It can’t be only for the rich or the poor, nor can it only be for one race, as it was until 1947. Baseball must always stand above politics and its dark elements of corruption, green and sordid selfishness. It can’t go wrong by standing for national greatness.”

Well said, sir.

As far as backlash for moving the game, Vincent thinks Manfred brought that on himself.

“The talk shows and editorial pages are full of questions,” Vincent pointed out. “What is the basis for acting so forcefully against Georgia? If Georgia is racist, how can baseball talk of doing business with China? Mr. Manfred failed to spell out specific criticisms of Georgia’s voting law. Now he’s put himself in the awkward position of having to defend Colorado’s voting laws.”

Another bingo.

There are so many inconsistencies with the decision to move the All-Star Game, and it’s opened baseball up for unnecessary criticism. And why? To appease social justice warriors constantly trying to find something to cancel, change or move? OK, baseball. Good luck with that.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. Both states have mandatory ID.

    No electioneering (serving water etc.) within 100 feet of a polling place in Colorado. 150 feet in Georgia.

    Seventeen days of in person voting in Georgia. Fifteen days in Colorado.

    Atlanta area 51% African American. Estimated loss in revenue of $100 million.

    Denver area 9% African American.

    Who is getting helped and who is getting hurt?

    What was accomplished with this move? Bad publicity for baseball?

  2. God, I love baseball and now they are toying with me thinking of doing the same with them as I have with the NBA; totally stop watching, talking about or buying any of their products. The NBA explicitly told us if you have traditional American values and ideology they do not want your business. Fine, I am done. No problem. But does baseball think this is a good way to grow the game? Grow a pair executive across all businesses. I cannot believe these people who get paid a healthy sum do not seem to grasp the trajectory of their language and decision making.

  3. Make MLB and it’s players feel the pain. Less revenue less salaries. This will hurt those on the end of the bench most and it’s unfortunate for them but they need to stand up against the stars that think they know politics

  4. Fascism is ‘Private Ownership With Gov’t’ control.

    one way the left is accomplishing this is Via mega corporations like Baseball and Airlines and soon Hotels and such.

    the Government will use corporate chronies to force americans to comply with what gov’t wants.

    we have the power to resist.

  5. I was a lifelong Dodgers fan, and have wonderful memories of growing up and watching Dodger games with dad. Right after Manfred made this decision last Friday, I stopped watching any and all MLB. And my life has continued to go on just fine with doing other activities. I stopped watching NBA a few years ago, and life has been just fine. Eliminating the viewing of 2 pro sports has allowed me to pursue more of the activities I like doing.

    One of the saddest parts of all this is that it’s built on lies. The mainstream media, ESPN, the President and folks such as Stacy Abrams have told been in a 24/7 lie fest regarding the Georgia voting laws. It really is a disgrace. But hey, on a positive note, there’s plenty of other things I enjoy in life and have more time to pursue those things.

  6. Well, I had signed up for MLBTV this year, considering I cut the cable but still wanted to watch some baseball. The All-Star fiasco perturbed me enough to call MLBTV and I made them to cancel my subscription and demand a refund. To their credit, they did refund my money, which allowed me to purchase the Outkick VIP. (Well, the refund helped.). But I’ve been a baseball enthusiast all my life but the past few years, the MLB game has been disappointing to say the least. Poor fundamentals, constant swinging for the fences when pushing the ball to the opposite field would put runs on the board, being a Pirates fan, etc. (I could go on forever).

    Moving the All-Star game from Georgia, for me, was the final straw. I’m tired of sports becoming a vehicle for the Woke philosophy and glad I’m old enough to be able to remember the past when sports was something all people, regardless of political persuasions, could enjoy without having partisan hacks ruining it.

    The last few years I have found I can enjoy other pursuits (other than watching and following sports) and they can be just as gratifying. I can’t believe I actually find gardening enjoyable now and I’m also getting in long walks or hikes in most everyday. Those pursuits have filled in the time I watched sports. I’m not sure the younger generation has the love affair with baseball, football, etc. that we had years ago. I don’t see the leagues doing very much to get their attention through the beauty of games verses what they are doing attempting now through social awareness and political activism. What they have done is drive a wedge between the older generation of fans and the games we loved and followed.

    Let’s face it, at this very period of time, baseball still needs it’s older fans to support MLB. I think it would be in a catastrophic decline if they lose older fans and think the younger generation will support the game as they did financially and emotionally. They have done a horrible job promoting the game in past few decades to the younger crowd and this haunting them today. Lose the older fans and it may be the final chapter for a once great league.

  7. I’d really like to see some investigative journalism into how much China money Goodell, Silver, and Manfred are making…because that’s the only rationale I could see as to why they are purposely destroying their products.

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