2021 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL STAR GAME

2021 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL STAR GAME

The 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be the 91st Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held between the American League (AL) and the National League (NL). The game was originally to be hosted by Truist Park near Atlanta, Georgia; on April 2, MLB moved the game from Atlanta in protest of the Georgia State Legislature‘s passage of the controversial Election Integrity Act of 2021. The game will instead be played at Coors Field in Denver, marking the second All-Star Game for both the city and venue, following the 1998 All-Star Game.

In March 2021, there were calls for the All-Star Game to be moved from Atlanta, in protest of the Georgia State Legislature‘s passage of the Election Integrity Act of 2021. The bill contains various provisions that impact how elections are conducted in the state; some of these provisions have been considered to have a disproportionate impact on minority communities, such as African Americans and Hispanic AmericansMLBPA executive director Tony Clark stated that he was “very much aware” of the issue, and that he was willing to discuss the matter with Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred.

In an interview with ESPN‘s Sage Steele on March 31, President Joe Biden stated that he would “strongly support” moving the game out of Georgia, saying that Republican efforts to make voting laws more restrictive following the 2020 presidential election was “Jim Crow on steroids“. 

On April 1, Manfred stated that he was “talking to various constituencies within the game and I’m just not going beyond that in terms of what I would consider or not consider.” In an April 1 interview with Fox News, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp criticized the efforts, calling them “ridiculous”.

On April 2, MLB announced that the game and the 2021 MLB Draft (which was added to the All-Star festivities this year) would be moved from Georgia, and that the game would be relocated to a different city in another state, to be determined. Commissioner Manfred stated that “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”

 Governor Kemp later responded by saying that he would not back down over his decision, claiming that MLB caved to “fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies.

” Kemp also claimed that the move was an example of cancel culture. In a statement shared on Twitter, Former President Donald Trump also criticized the decision, calling for a boycott of MLB. Texas Governor Greg Abbott cancelled a planned appearance at the Texas Rangers‘ home opener, where he had been scheduled to throw out the first pitch, in protest of the decision to move the game. In a letter to the Rangers stating his decision, Abbott also wrote that he would not participate in any future events organized by MLB and that Texas would not bid to host future All-Star games or other MLB special events. On Twitter, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams stated her disappointment over the decision, saying, “I don’t want to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs,” while also stating that she understood why it was made. In a tweet, former President Barack Obama also praised MLB for moving the game out of Georgia.

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On April 14, five Republican senators and representatives introduced legislation to strip Major League Baseball of its antitrust exemption in response to the move. Coors Field

An April 5 Morning Consult poll found that 39% of U.S. adults approved of the move while 28% percent of U.S. adults disapproved, and 32% of U.S. adults stated they had no opinion or didn’t know about the move. Overall support for the move was higher among MLB fans, Democrats, and people of color compared to the general population. Data from Morning Consult Brand Intelligence also showed that Republican approval of the MLB dropped by 35 percentage points from 47 points to 12 points.

The 2021 MLB All-Star Game became at least the third major sporting event in the United States to be relocated for political reasons. Prior relocations that were announced in protest of states’ political decisions include the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, which the NBA relocated in 2016 from Charlotte, North Carolina, in response to the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (a state bathroom bill considered to be transphobic), and Super Bowl XXVII, which the NFL relocated in 1990 from Tempe, Arizona, in response to a failed state referendum to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

On April 5, MLB announced that Coors Field in Denver would host the All-Star Game. This became the second consecutive MLB All-Star Game not to be held in the location that was originally selected. The 2020 game was to take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the Los Angeles Dodgers were awarded the 2022 game as compensation.

American League

PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CSalvador PérezRoyals7
1BVladimir Guerrero Jr.Blue Jays1
2BMarcus SemienBlue Jays1
3BRafael DeversRed Sox1
SSXander BogaertsRed Sox3
OFMike TroutAngels9
OFAaron JudgeYankees3
OFTeoscar HernándezBlue Jays1
DHShohei OhtaniAngels1
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CMike ZuninoRays1
1BMatt OlsonAthletics1
1BJared WalshAngels1
2BJosé AltuveAstros7
3BJosé RamírezIndians3
SSBo BichetteBlue Jays1
SSCarlos CorreaAstros2
OFMichael BrantleyAstros5
OFJoey GalloRangers2
OFAdolis GarcíaRangers1
OFCedric MullinsOrioles1
DHNelson CruzTwins7
DHJ. D. MartinezRed Sox4
PlayerTeamAll-Star Games
Matt BarnesRed Sox1
Shane BieberIndians2
Aroldis ChapmanYankees7
Gerrit ColeYankees4
Nathan EovaldiRed Sox1
Kyle GibsonRangers1
Liam HendriksWhite Sox2
Yusei KikuchiMariners1
Lance LynnWhite Sox2
Shohei OhtaniAngels1
Ryan PresslyAstros2
Carlos RodónWhite Sox1
Gregory SotoTigers1

National League

PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CBuster PoseyGiants7
1BFreddie FreemanBraves5
2BAdam FrazierPirates1
3BNolan ArenadoCardinals6
SSFernando Tatís Jr.Padres1
OFRonald Acuña Jr.Braves2
OFNicholas CastellanosReds1
OFJesse WinkerReds1
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CJ. T. RealmutoPhillies3
1BMax MuncyDodgers2
2BOzzie AlbiesBraves2
2BJake CronenworthPadres1
3BKris BryantCubs4
3BEduardo EscobarDiamondbacks1
SSBrandon CrawfordGiants3
SSTrea TurnerNationals1
OFMookie BettsDodgers5
OFBryan ReynoldsPirates1
OFKyle SchwarberNationals1
OFJuan SotoNationals1
OFChris TaylorDodgers1
PlayerTeamAll-Star Games
Corbin BurnesBrewers1
Yu DarvishPadres5
Jacob deGromMets4
Kevin GausmanGiants1
Josh HaderBrewers3
Craig KimbrelCubs8
Germán MárquezRockies1
Mark MelanconPadres4
Alex ReyesCardinals1
Trevor RogersMarlins1
Zack WheelerPhillies1
Brandon WoodruffBrewers2

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