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PostPosted: Sun 3/28/21 11:34 pm    Post subject: Peach State Not So Peachy Reply with quote

This goes far beyond the BOC thread, but there is open discussion taking place about moving the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta as a following recent restrictions on voting rights in the state of Georgia.

I understand the focus. I get it. But will it happen?
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PostPosted: Mon 3/29/21 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It holds a little more weight when you read Doc saying he would consider not managing. To those who say leave these things out of the games, remember that voting rights are more important than the game. I support them if they go ahead and fight this.
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PostPosted: Tue 3/30/21 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's (the movement) really gaining traction, I think.
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PostPosted: Fri 4/2/21 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The decision has been made by MLB to move the game!
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PostPosted: Fri 4/2/21 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're already getting flak for it, but they did the right thing.
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PostPosted: Sat 4/3/21 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I so concur with this commentary by Bill Shaikin in the L.A. Times. This is one of the few things Rob Manfred has gotten right as commissioner.

"Commentary: Rob Manfred Stood by Players, Managers and Owners by Rightfully Moving All-Star Game"

By BILL SHAIKIN, STAFF WRITER
APRIL 3, 2021 6 AM PT

Rob Manfred could have played it safe.

He could have appointed a blue-ribbon commission to study the matter. He could have waited a few weeks to see if the political storm died down. He could have issued a strongly worded statement and moved on. He could have done nothing, hiding behind the notion that he would be no more qualified to denounce a state law than a president would be to criticize a pitching change.

On Friday, the commissioner of baseball instead made the bold, decisive and proper choice: Just eight days after Georgia enacted a law that makes it harder to vote, Manfred yanked the 2021 All-Star game from Atlanta.

“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” Manfred said in announcing his decision.

Those words are guaranteed to generate an avalanche of criticism, a reflection of the unfortunate evolution of media in this country: Get your news from whomever tells you what you want to hear.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp dropped all the (far) right emotional triggers in his response to Manfred’s decision: “liberal lies,” “cancel culture,” and “woke political activists.” If he had dropped “socialist” too, someone could have had bingo.

The primary talking point: “What is so wrong with having to show ID to vote?” Nothing, of course, but read the 98-page law. When a team of New York Times reporters did, their analysis revealed “a breathtaking assertion of partisan power in elections … identifying 16 provisions that hamper the right to vote for some Georgians or strip power from state and local elections officials and give it to legislators.”

The Dodgers’ Dave Roberts, one of two Black managers in the major leagues, earned the honor of managing the National League team in this year’s All-Star game. He had said he would consider skipping the game if the league did not move it.

“I’m not completely versed on everything, but my takeaway from the bill was essentially to suppress voting for people of color,” Roberts said Friday. “And that’s something I fundamentally and intrinsically disagree with.”

Voting rights advocates said the Georgia law would disproportionately impact the Black community and other minority communities.

“In a world now where people want and need to be heard — in this particular case, people of color — for MLB to listen and do something about it, to be proactive, I think it just sets a tone from MLB to the players that we have to be in this together,” Roberts said. “It’s a great game, but for it to continue to flourish we have to be in it together, and this is a huge step toward that.”

As co-owner of the Dodgers, Magic Johnson is one of Roberts’ bosses, and one of Manfred’s bosses too.

“I want to applaud and extend a thank you to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred,” Johnson tweeted.

As the newest owner in MLB, as part of the Boston Red Sox ownership group, LeBron James is one of Manfred’s bosses.

“Proud to call myself a part of the MLB family today,” James tweeted.

As an owner of the Miami Marlins, Derek Jeter is one of Manfred’s bosses.

“We should promote increasing voter turnout,” Jeter tweeted, “as opposed to any measures that adversely impact the ability to cast a ballot.”

Forty years ago, Fernando Valenzuela transformed the Dodgers’ fan base into one that reflected the city of Los Angeles. On Friday, MLB said 28% of the players on opening-day rosters this season were born outside the 50 states, in more than a dozen countries — from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, from Japan and South Korea, from Brazil and Germany and Australia and Curacao.

The future of MLB is in the Dodgers’ fan base, and in planting the sport’s flag in so many lands abroad. The future of MLB is not in the office of the governor of Georgia, where Kemp signed the voter suppression bill into law — in a room with six aging white men, gathered behind closed doors, beneath a painting of a plantation.

The Atlanta Braves embarrassed themselves on Friday, in an angry statement that made sure everyone knew the Braves did not support or propose moving the game from their ballpark.

“Businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision,” read the statement, which the team posted on Twitter.

Hey, Braves: Work to get the law changed, and you’ll get the All-Star game back. That would represent action, as opposed to this disingenuous part of the Braves’ statement: “The Braves organization will continue to stress the importance of equal voting opportunities and we had hoped our city could use this event as a platform to enhance the discussion.”

Now you say something.

On the day Kemp signed the law, and on the following day, the Braves used their Twitter account to announce the team’s Opening Day starting pitcher, wish a happy birthday to their hitting coach, and declare: “The Big Bear is ready to head north for the summer.” (Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta’s left fielder, is The Big Bear.)

Not a word about “the importance of equal voting opportunities.”

Manfred did not need the All-Star game to be used as “a platform to enhance the discussion” about voter suppression, or to have every player at the game asked about it, or to worry about Dodgers star Mookie Betts or other players boycotting the game because of it.

Manfred had that discussion over the past week with owners, current and former players, team officials, corporate sponsors, and leaders from the players’ union. He spoke with Roberts too. But the decision was his, and his alone. The union, which has no say in approving the location of the All-Star game, was not aware he had made a final decision until the public announcement.

At a time when corporations and the entertainment industry are struggling to find the courage to issue a statement, Manfred had a clear and strong action available to him. He had the power to make MLB a leader in a critical national conversation.

What you really want a leader to do, after all, is lead. On Friday, Manfred did.
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PostPosted: Sat 4/3/21 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. It was time to take decisive action. And you know what - I feel pretty sure Hank Aaron is smiling about this somewhere. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue 4/6/21 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, Cath! Very Happy

Coors Field is the new site of the 2020 All-Star Game.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/7/21 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

K.C. would have made more sense to me. But, I guess Coors it is.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/8/21 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This issue isn't going to die down anytime soon.
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PostPosted: Sat 4/24/21 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A purple star is part of the logo for the new location of the All Star Game which was revealed yesterday - article from mlb.com
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PostPosted: Thu 6/3/21 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is now a lawsuit file against MLB for relocating the All Star Game. Here's the link.

I do understand some of the reasons they give for opposing the move, but the suit is filed by a small business advocacy group that I have questioned before. My response to them is, taking a stand for our democracy is bigger than lost profits. It affects us all as Americans.
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PostPosted: Fri 6/4/21 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with you.
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