Major League Baseball is scheduled to announce Tuesday that this year’s All-Star Game will be moved to Coors Field in Denver, home of the Colorado Rockies, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke only on the condition of anonymity because MLB had yet to make the announcement official. The move was first reported by Altitude TV in Denver and ESPN.
Government officials in Colorado and Denver immediately began lobbying MLB for the All-Star Game once Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the league was moving the game out of Atlanta because of the voting laws passed in Georgia in March that potentially can restrict voting access for people of color.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” Manfred said.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told Yahoo! Finance that the city’s marketing department and downtown partnership spent the weekend speaking to MLB officials, saying Denver would be an ideal site.
“We’re proud to welcome it and to talk about the progressive voting system in Denver, that is bent on making sure no one, no one is abridged from their right to vote …” Hancock, who headed the Denver Urban League from 1998-2003, told Yahoo! “We really believe that we have come out at the forefront and we’ll continue to try to innovate, make sure that on the basis of the value of accessibility that that’s No. 1.
“If asked about it [we] are more than happy to put on display, and to talk about the very values of making sure that we never abridge an individual’s right to access the ballot. You don’t restrict it.’’
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) issued a statement Sunday trying to convince MLB officials to move the game to Denver.
“The Governor knows that Colorado is the best home for the All-Star Game, especially because Colorado also has strong laws that enable voters to cast their legal ballots any way they choose including through mail or in person.’’
The Rockies hosted the All-Star Game in 1998, when the American League won, 13-8.
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