Mighty Casey Gets Woke
Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, has handled to get to the left of Stacey Abrams on Georgia’s election law.
Even Abrams, who still declares she is the rightful guv of the state and is a continuous fount of hysteria and false information about its voting guidelines, has stated she opposes boycotts of the state and is “disappointed” by MLB’s choice to pull the All-Star Video game from Atlanta this summer.
If MLB is suddenly passionate about the intricacies of the nation’s voting laws, it could have supplied one particular alleged outrage in Georgia that caused it to make this move. Was it the freshly extended ballot hours? The decision to keep drop boxes completely after their adoption on an emergency basis last year, only not at long-term pandemic levels? The requirement that voters compose a chauffeur’s license number or other identifier on absentee-ballot envelopes (when Ohio, the state where the last All-Star Game was played, has a similar rule)? The restriction on people providing water within 150 feet of a ballot station to people standing in line, although beverages can be offered to poll employees to distribute and water stations made normally readily available?
We could go on. MLB stayed with gauzy generalities in its statement, one assumes, due to the fact that mentioning the specifics of the law with any accuracy would expose its choice as being completely baseless. MLB moving the Summer Classic has all the trademarks of a craven attempt to curry favor with stylish opinion, after the president of the United States motivated it to do so in an ESPN interview loaded with frauds about Georgia.
Definitely there is no consistency here. MLB had no problem a couple of years ago creating an agreement with the Chinese tech company, Tencent, to stream its games in China, where early-voting hours are notoriously limiting. It’s mored than happy to have a cooperative relationship with Cuba, where ballot drop boxes are not nearly as available as one would hope. It permits the Yankees and Mets to play in New york city, and makes its head office there, when New york city doesn’t have no-excuse absentee ballot and Georgia does, it offers less days of early voting than Georgia, and it has its own law versus giving food and beverage to voters.
< div class=" video-wrapper jw-player-container" data-component=" jwplayer" > Indeed, MLB is going to need to take some care to guarantee that it discovers a brand-new state for the All-Star Game that does not have more restrictive rules than Georgia.
Perversely, MLB’s choice will injure the very individuals the league is purporting to support. The game was going to bring financial activity to Atlanta, which is a majority-black city. It would have suggested cash for hotel and restaurant staff members, hot-dog and T-shirt vendors, and other shift employees. The Atlanta Braves, in an uncommon program of dispute with the league office, pronounced themselves “deeply dissatisfied” that “businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this choice.”
Baseball long earlier lost its overwhelming hold on the country’s creativity, but it was relatively a reflection of its vestigial status as the National Pastime that it avoided contention over the national anthem and avoided politics more than other significant sports. Not any longer. It has shown that it wants to pander like any other woke corporation and has gotten caught up in– in reality, now is a corporate leader in– the ill-informed and mendacious project against Georgia.
Say it ain’t so, Mr. Manfred.
Published at Sat, 03 Apr 2021 17:15:51 +0000