Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent on Tuesday criticized the league’s present commissioner, Robert Manfred, for shifting the All-Star sport out of Atlanta, Georgia, in protest of election reforms enacted by the Peach State’s governor and legislature.
In an op-ed within the Wall Street Journal, Vincent argued that Manfred probably made the choice to boycott Atlanta with out first inspecting the substance of the election reforms. Vincent additionally lamented that the game getting used as a weapon in a political and cultural warfare.
“Major League Baseball can’t become a weapon in the culture wars, a hostage for one political party or ideology. It can’t be only for the rich or the poor, nor can it only be for one race, as it was until 1947. Baseball must always stand above politics and its dark elements of corruption, greed, and sordid selfishness. It can’t go wrong by standing for national greatness,” Vincent wrote.
Despite the heated rhetoric from Democrats saying that Georgia’s new regulation limits entry to voting, an examination of the 98-page measure suggests it might have solely a minor influence on voting comfort. For instance, the regulation expanded early voting so as to add an extra Saturday and lengthen the hours on which some polls can open. The regulation cuts each methods on different measures. While ramping up the safety of the poll drop bins, the regulation restricted their quantity and once they could possibly be accessed.
Vincent argued that Manfred’s failure to deal with the substance of the regulation earlier than triggering the boycott now locations the MLB commissioner within the “awkward position” of getting to defend voting legal guidelines in Denver, Colorado, the brand new website for the All-Star sport. He additionally identified that the one individuals who stand to lose out financially are Atlanta locals.
“The midsummer All-Star Game is an exhibition that benefits only the city where it’s played. It was reported Tuesday morning that Denver will be the new host. The players will get paid no matter where the game takes place. MLB will get the same television revenue. The only people hurt by Mr. Manfred’s decision will be Atlanta’s stadium workers and local vendors,” Vincent wrote.
The former MLB commissioner additionally famous the league’s monetary involvement with China, a rustic dominated by the genocidal Chinese Communist Party (CCP). According to Chinese media, the MLB lately prolonged its cope with Tencent, a Chinese tech large with shut ties to the CCP.
Under President Donald Trump, the United States declared the CCP’s abuses in opposition to the Uyghurs and different ethnic minorities in Xinjiang a genocide and sanctioned CCP officers over their persecution of Falun Gong, a standard religious follow primarily based on the tenets of fact, compassion and tolerance.
“What is the basis for acting so forcefully against Georgia? If Georgia is racist, how can baseball talk of doing business with China?” Vincent challenged.