LOS ANGELES (UKTN) – MLB moves all-star game, Atlanta draft following new voting law
The move was announced in a statement from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who said: “Over the past week we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with clubs, former and current players, the Players’ Association and the Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views. I’ve decided the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is to move the All-Star Game and this year’s MLB Draft.
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He continued, “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports the voting rights of all Americans and opposes restrictions on the ballot box. In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the Non-Partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone is involved in shaping the United States. We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities across our country to fulfill their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Equitable access to voting continues to enjoy the unwavering support of our game.
“We will continue with our plans to celebrate the memory of Hank Aaron during this season’s All-Star festivities. In addition, investments planned by MLB to support local communities in Atlanta as part of our All-Star Legacy projects will move forward. We are in the process of finalizing a new host city and details of these events will be announced shortly. “
The Los Angeles Angels kicked off the season against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
The game marked Southland’s first major sporting event with fans in attendance for over a year.
It was also the first time Angel Stadium had fans for a regular season baseball game since September 29, 2019.
Orange County entered the orange level of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan on Wednesday, allowing 33% capacity at outdoor sporting events.
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This means that the 45,000-seat Angel Stadium can accommodate up to 15,000 fans.
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Since perennial star Mike Trout made his Angels debut in 2011, the team have reached the playoffs once – in 2014, when they were swept away by the Kansas City Royals in a series of league divisions. the American League.
Hopes for a playoff berth increased last season when the playoff field for each league was expanded from three to eight teams. However, the Angels missed the playoffs again, ending the coronavirus-cut season with a 26-34 record, tying Kansas City for the 10th best 15-team league record.
The Angels will be celebrating their 60th anniversary as a franchise in 2021. The Diamond’s anniversary will be recognized with a 60th anniversary crest affixed to the left side of the angels’ hats, the baseballs will feature the 60th anniversary logo and jewelry from the Angels. Memorial base will be used at Angel Stadium.
Last September, Anaheim City Council approved a finalized deal to sell Angel Stadium to the team owner for $ 150 million in cash, in exchange for a pledge to keep the team in Anaheim at least. until 2050.
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