Former Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Fay Vincent slammed MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred in an op-ed this week for his decision to withdraw the league’s All Star Game from Atlanta after Georgia enacted a new law aimed at tightening the security of elections in the state.
Vincent made his criticisms of Manfred in an op-ed published on Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal, calling boycotts an “act of desperation” and saying that Manfred made “a serious mistake” by rushing to pull the All Star Game out of the state “without first protesting the substance of the law.”
Vincent noted that the course of action that Manfred took effectively allowed him to bypass needing approval of the player’s union and team owners. An ESPN reporter noted this week that league sources indicated that the move was the result of corporate pressure, not the result of player-threatened boycott. The piece also noted that only people that will be hurt by Manfred’s decision are