According to a report from Fox Business Network’s Charles Gasparino, sources inside Major League Baseball claim that Commissioner Rob Manfred “blindsided” MLB owners with “at least” the “timing” of his decision to pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta. Moreover, Gasparino’s report claims that Manfred spoke with defeated 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams before he decided to move the game.
Gasparino hit Twitter on Wednesday to deliver the report:
SCOOP: @MLB sources say owners were blindsided at least by the timing of @RobManfred‘s decision to pull the All-Star game from Atlanta. Also said his decision came after speaking w @staceyabrams, which is odd since she has now said she’s against the boycott. Story developing
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) April 7, 2021
The report is puzzling since Abrams has consistently and publicly claimed that she opposed the game being taken away from Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently