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Major League Baseball’s decision earlier this month to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta dominated headlines in both the sports and political worlds. The move was a response to public pressure after the state of Georgia passed new voting laws.
Now it’s time for MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to provide Congress with some more information about why the league decided to relocate the game.
On Friday, Congressman Jim Jordan, joined by fellow members James Comer and Jody Hice, penned a letter to Manfred, demanding that the MLB provide documents to Congress about its decision to pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta.
That letter, which was obtained by OutKick, also demands documents regarding the MLB’s antitrust exemption. Here’s a portion of the letter, which is incredible:
MLB’s decision to insert itself in Georgia’s election laws was based on inaccurate and politicized information. Although Democrats and some woke corporate elites like to claim that the new Georgia law constitutes “Jim Crow 2.0” and “voter suppression,” these claims are false and unfounded. In fact, the law enhances access to voting and many of the new provisions “are popular even among Black voters.” An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll found that 74 percent of Georgians support voter ID requirements, including 63 percent of African American respondents.
While MLB has criticized Georgia, it has raised no similar concerns about the election laws in Colorado, the new location of the All-Star Game, or in New York, the state of MLB’s headquarters—even though those states have more restrictive election laws than Georgia. For example, Georgia’s new law provides 17 days of early voting while Colorado has only 15 days. New York, similarly, only provides early voting ten days before the election and does not allow for no-excuse absentee voting. With respect to voter identification—which partisan advocates cited as a particular concern about Georgia’s new law—Colorado, like Georgia, requires voter identification for in-person voting and first-time mail-in voters.
MLB’s opposition to voter integrity measures in Georgia is also unabashedly hypocritical in light of MLB’s close partnerships with communist regimes in China and Cuba—two countries that suppress free and fair elections. In 2017, MLB announced a ten-year partnership with a Chinese state-owned enterprise to grow baseball in the People’s Republic of China. A senior MLB official noted that the league was “honored to team up with one of China’s more forward-thinking, innovative and successful companies. Likewise, MLB has worked closely with Cuba for years to maintain a pipeline of players from Cuba into MLB.
You can read the letter in its entirety by clicking here.
I don’t know about you, but I am fascinated to see what happens with this moving forward. There are a few people in Major League Baseball who are going to have some answering to do, and I am absolutely here for it.
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