September 18, 2021

Moving the MLB All-Star Game to Denver Makes Zero Sense

Major League Baseball is moving its 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia, to Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. This, says ESPN, is “in response to a new Georgia law that has civil rights groups concerned about its potential to restrict voting access for people of color.”

Or, more likely, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred moved the game because he is concerned about Rob Manfred.

Cobb County estimates that losing the game will cost the region more than $100 million. Atlanta, a city with a 51 percent black population — the largest Black-majority metro area in the nation — will lose most of all. They’ll live, but it’s certainly a peculiar way for professional baseball to show solidarity with the African American community.

Denver’s Black population, on the other hand, is somewhere around 9%. You want to see a segregated city, come visit Denver. That might be something Manfred, who runs a league with one Black majority owner, could ponder as his limo drives by the blinding whiteness of neighborhoods like “Stapleton” — officially changed to the anodyne “Central Park” less than a year ago — on his way from Denver International to downtown.

Another funny way of showing your concern for alleged “voting restrictions” is by moving the All-Star Game to a state that in many ways has voting laws at least as stringent as Georgia’s. To vote in Colorado, a person also needs photo identification, just as they do at the will-call window at Coors Field. Like Colorado, Georgia allows voters without ID to use the last four digits of their Social Security number, a bank statement or utility bill, a paycheck, or any other government document with their name and address. Though ID requirements are the provision Democrats hate most, they are broadly popular among voters, which is why they are compelled to use hyperbole and disinformation when talking about the rest of these laws.

Colorado also requires signature verification for mail-in ballots. Over 10,000 voters are rejected every election because of bad signatures. This is the kind of shameful disenfranchisement that Manfred now supports.

You might recall Joe Biden and other Democrats ginning up anger by falsely claiming that parched voters would be denied a mere glass of water under this new law, though the restriction is aimed more at specifically curtailing what campaigns can hand out. It’s hardly unique in the nation. Colorado, like 37 other states including Delaware and now Georgia, also prevents campaign workers from handing out water or food or paraphernalia to voters near a polling place. Though, to be fair, on this front, perhaps none have as restrictive a policy as New York, the home of Major League Baseball headquarters.

Georgia, like Colorado, also has no-excuse absentee voting. But Georgia’s is more expansive, with a minimum of 17 days of early voting — and a provision allowing counties to request two additional Sunday voting days can bring the total to 19 days. Colorado has 15, which, using the quickly changing standards, basically makes it a state of Bull Connors.

Some will correctly point out that Colorado, which was moving to an all-mail election before COVID-19, automatically mails ballots to every “active” voter — something most states hadn’t even contemplated before last year, and then only on an emergency basis. As a former Colorado resident, I can tell you, it is not uncommon for people to get the ballots of former residents, of grown kids long gone, or of dead relatives in their mailbox. It’s a mess. Yet, whatever your opinion is on that policy, if failing to automatically provide every resident a mail-in ballot, whether they ask for one or not, is now considered “Jim Crow on steroids,” MLB is going to have an impossible time rationalizing having any event in any state. Or at least, any state that takes its elections seriously.

Now, of course, I don’t accept the notion that preserving some minimal integrity in elections is “suppression.” Apparently, Georgia voters don’t either, as a new Morning Consult poll shows only 36% opposition to the new law. Can you imagine what those polls would look like if most of the media weren’t blatantly lying about the bill 24-7? But Manfred obviously doesn’t care about the lies. He doesn’t care about the fans. He doesn’t care to know anything about the law. He doesn’t care about the Black community. If he did, he wouldn’t have moved the game. Rob Manfred, like so many others who wilt at the first sign of left-wing hysterics, is there to protect himself.

David Harsanyi is a senior writer at National Review and the author of the book “First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History With the Gun.” To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Joe from Georgia (@guest_1207336)
5 months ago

Obama in an interview with stefanoplus stated that voter was not a problem. People that are going to vote are going to vote. Delaware doesn’t have early voting. What has sleazy Biden done in 47 years to help their voters

Stephen Russell (@guest_1207345)
5 months ago

No move MLB to Alaska or PR

James T. Mackay (@guest_1207430)
5 months ago

It’s sickening and sad to see how franchises fold at the very mere suggestion of “racism” or “Jim Crow.” Moving the All-Star game from Atlanta is going to hurt the majority of citizens there, who incidentally are over half the population. What madness is this? Progressive thinkers don’t think of the American citizens or what’s really good for our country, but rather what’s good for them…personally and politically. I, for one, am tired of sports and sport businesses cowing to the political egg-heads in Washington. I promise that I’ll not tune in to watch the game and encourage right-thinking Americans to join me. Politics is taking the joy out of sports; first it was football and now baseball.

Philip e Chapman (@guest_1207441)
5 months ago

mlb is a total disgrace will not watch any games tis year

Roy Fredrichsen (@guest_1208038)
Reply to  Philip e Chapman
5 months ago

Phillip,
I never could understand how a slight change in a states voting law would have such
an impact on a firms profits such as Coca Cola and that other one not even connected to voting outcomes. Oh! Well!, It’s their loss since they feel that way.

Katydid (@guest_1207473)
5 months ago

Hypocrisy at its best. Taking the game from Atlanta only hurts the people they claim to be supporting. Watch out for yourself and forget about the rest of the world. You wouldn’t want to anger the minority.

BillieLynne Hunter (@guest_1208053)
5 months ago

WHOA….guys……THAT IS THE REAL REASON BIDEN MOVED MLB ….or at least one of the reasons…..do NOT let that “smirkie turd” force you to not watch a game WE ALL LOVE…..BASEBALL IS AN “ALL AMERICAN GAME” turn it on and tune biden OUT….he’s not long for the position he now holds. Biden states he will NOT throw the first pitch out to OPEN THE SEASON…..THAT SHOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING……RELAX…GUYS GRAB A BEER OR TWO AND SIT OUTSIDE IN NICE WEATHER AND SMOKE THAT STOGIE OR PIPE AND ENJOY THE GAME!!!! ONCE WE GET RID OF THAT “TURD” THIS WILL ONLY BE A MEMORIE we’ll laugh at!!!

Phil, Wisdom of age (@guest_1208513)
5 months ago

The Democrats are saying that much of the black people in the U.S. are to ignorant to get some kind of I.D. Typical bigotry from the party that started in the Confederate region and have maintained their racism and antisemitism, regardless of what party the Governor is from. It’s to bad liberal people are so clueless, that they swallow any B.S. they’re feed.

joe (@guest_1208581)
5 months ago

Goes to show what Sports and it’s leadership is made of, not quite sure why he got involved with the laws of Georgia has nothing to do with Sports.

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