USA Today reports:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that he would not be participating in the first pitch ceremony during the Texas Rangers’ home opener at Globe Life Field because of the MLB’s decision to move its All-Star Game from Atlanta over recent voting legislation that passed in Georgia.
Abbott made the announcement in an open letter to Neil Leibman, chief operating officer of the Rangers, that published Monday. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that the decision was the “best way to demonstrate our values as a sport” after the voting bills will disproportionately affect citizens of color.
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I was looking forward to throwing out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opening game until @MLB adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about Georgia’s election law reforms.
It is shameful that America’s pastime is being influenced by partisan politics. pic.twitter.com/pNJApYBHpw
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 5, 2021