The new host city for the July 13 game has yet to be announced, according to the league.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” Manfred said in the statement.
“Today, Major League Baseball caved to fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said. “Georgians – and all Americans – should fully understand what the MLB’s knee-jerk decision means: cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included. If the left doesn’t agree with you, facts and the truth do not matter.”
“They prioritized making it harder for people of color to vote over the economic well-being of all Georgians,” she wrote in the statement.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wrote that the actions of elected leaders have consequences.
League will still honor Aaron
The Atlanta Braves said the franchise is “deeply disappointed” by the decision to move the game.
Precedent for the league’s action
MLB is not the first major sports league to move an All-Star Game.
“While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2,” the league said in 2016, referring to the state law that requires transgender people who are in government buildings to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex with which they were born.
The game was played in February 2017 in New Orleans. The law was later repealed, and Charlotte hosted the All-Star Game in 2019.
NBA superstar LeBron James, who officially became part owner of the Boston Red Sox this week, tweeted in support of MLB’s decision.
Referring to the NBA game in February, the group said, “Over #NBAAllStar in Atlanta, we called on lawmakers to drop their voter suppression bill. They didn’t. Now, @MLB has decided to move their All-Star Game from Atlanta. All the states still considering voter suppression bills should take note: Actions have consequences.”
CNN’s Kevin Dotson, Kay Jones, Jill Martin and John Murgatroyd contributed to this report.