After this draw the 2021 All-Star Game Major League Baseball has found a new home for its marquee event from a suburb of Atlanta due to a new Georgia electoral law considered restrictive: Coors Field in Denver.
The move was confirmed by a person who was directly familiar with the situation and had no authority to speak publicly as the official announcement was expected on Tuesday. ESPN reported the new site first.
After days of increasing pressure to take a stand, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday that he would be removing the July 13 game from the Atlanta Braves’ stadium, Truist Park, while removing the amateur draft from the venue for ruling that “The best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is to move. “In making his decision, Manfred spent a week speaking and listening to MLB club owners, team and central leaders, and current and former players, among others.
The Braves also said they were “deeply disappointed” with Manfred’s decision, calling Georgia companies, employees and fans “victims” of his decision. MLB said it will continue its plans to celebrate former Atlanta player and manager Hank Aaron, a Hall of Famer who passed away earlier this year, during All-Star Week.
Following Manfred’s announcement, officials from various states and cities were campaigning for the hosting of the All-Star Game, including the Mayor of Milwaukee, where Aaron began and ended his Major League career.
But in the end, MLB chose Denver. The Rockies last hosted the All-Star Game in 1998, with the American League winning the Midsummer Classic 13-8 with the highest score in MLB history.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, who were supposed to host the 2020 All-Star Game, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, will host the game in 2022.