Major League Baseball's Owners 'Blindsided' by Decision to Move All-Star Game The All-Star Game logo is covered up on the right sleeve of manager Brian Snitker #43 of the Atlanta Braves on April 4, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
By Nick Koutsobinas | Wednesday, 07 April 2021 06:10 PM
According to a tweet from Fox Business Network commentator Charles Gasparino, Major League Baseball team owners were suprised when Rob Manfred, the league's commissioner, announced his intent to pull the All-Star game from Atlanta following Georgia's passage of a new voting law.
"SCOOP: @MLB sources say owners were blindsided at least by the timing of @RobManfred's decision to pull the All-Star game from Atlanta. Also said his decision came after speaking w @staceyabrams, which is odd since she has now said she's against the boycott. Story developing," Gasparino tweeted.
Gasparino posted a reply to his tweet mentioning the league's owners now fear a backlash from fans following Rob Manfred's decision. "SCOOP: @MLB execs also fearing significant fan backlash over @RobManfred's decision on moving All Star game out of Atl more now @FoxBusiness"
Stacy Abrams, who formerly served in the Georgia House of Representatives, pinned this tweet to her Twitter, apologizing for the loss in income the people of Georgia would incur due to the All-Star game being moved.
"As I have stated, I respect boycotts, although I don't want to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs. Georgians targeted by voter suppression will be hurt as opportunities go to other states. We should not abandon the victims of GOP malice and lies-we must stand together."
According to Sean Hannity of Fox News, moving the All-Star game from Atlanta to Denver would cause Georgia to lose out on $100 million.
"Joe Biden, Stacey Abrams, Major League Baseball, Delta, Coca-Cola: they all lied about Georgia's election laws and that has now cost the people of Georgia almost $100m in revenue."