Major League Baseball made waves Friday, announcing the 2021 All-Star Game would no longer be held in Atlanta due to the recent laws passed related to voting in the state of Georgia.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States. We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”
The decision to move the game from Atlanta comes after mounting pressure from the public after Georgia passed new voting laws that have raised concern about voter suppression and restriction in the state.
The move was met with mixed reviews, with President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, and many other political leaders showing support for the decision.
Congratulations to @MLB for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens. There’s no better way for America’s pastime to honor the great Hank Aaron, who always led by example.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 3, 2021
The Atlanta Braves and local businesses in the Atlanta area have voiced their displeasure with the situation, as well.
“This was neither our decision, nor our recommendation and we are saddened that fans will not be able to see this event in our city,” the team said in a statement via ESPN. “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. Our city has always been known as a uniter in divided times and we will miss the opportunity to address issues that are important to our community.
“Unfortunately, businesses, employees and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision.”
Nevertheless, the move was on the table for quite some time and became official this week, which means the sport is now looking for a new host city for the midsummer classic.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are scheduled to play host to the All-Star game next season, and there are no plans to bump them up into the rotation due to the recent news, per ESPN.
That said, Nick Groke of The Athletic pushed a story on Twitter Friday night from Evan Drellich that claims Coors Field is a leader of the pack to host the All-Star Game this summer.
Coors Field would be a fantastic option to host the events this summer. Although it’s the third-oldest ballpark in National League, Coors Field is regarded as one of – if not the – best ballpark to catch a game at in Major League Baseball.
The park is located in a central area, with plenty of surrounding venues to accommodate the surge in foot traffic. The stadium is breathtaking, easy to navigate, and hasn’t hosted an All-Star game in this century.
Additionally, it would give Dick Monfort the ability to tout his new crown jewel in McGregor Square. Located adjacent to the ballpark, the 659,000-square-foot development is an entertainment hub within a stone’s throw of the yard. Featuring a food hall, hotel and outdoor spaces, McGregor square is a massive addition to the Ballpark district of downtown and will bring a renewed energy to a part of town that is already buzzing with excitement.
Drellich explains that commissioner Manfred can move the game to a city of his liking, and Colorado has emerged as a top candidate, although nothing has been solidified.
Look, I know most Rockies fans are still furious about Monfort and Jeff Bridich trading away Nolan Arenado for pennies on the dollar. However, what’s done is done, and there’s no denying that hosting the ASG would be an incredible look for the Rockies, a franchise looking to re-earn legitimacy in the eyes of the baseball public.
The ballpark is one of the best in the game today, and it deserves to get some shine given the latest circumstances.