AP Supply: MLB Moving All-Star Game into Denver’s Coors Field
The commissioner’s office has been expected to declare Tuesday the Colorado Rockies will sponsor the game.
ESPN was to examine the choice.
MLB pulled the July 13 game from Truist Park in Atlanta in reaction to Georgia voting rules which Republican Gov. Brian Kemp quickly signed into law March 25. Critics, such as the CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, have resisted the modifications as being overly restrictive.
The Georgia law includes new limits on voting by mail and also higher legislative control on the elections are run, amid a push at Republican-led states to reduce voting choices after former president Donald Trump made baseless claims of widespread fraud in last year’s election.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the choice to move the All-Star events and the amateur draft from Atlanta after talks with players and the Players Alliance, an organization of Black players made following the passing of George Floyd last year, the commissioner said in an announcement.
Kemp has pledged to defend the measure, along with other Republicans have criticized MLB’s move. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott supported out of throwing the first pitch in the Texas Rangers’ home opener Monday and the state would not seek to sponsor the All-Star Game or some other special MLB events.
Coors Field past hosted the All-Star Game in 1998the fourth season for the stadium and sixth for its Rockies franchise.