Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is refusing to throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opener on Monday in protest of Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta after Georgia’s legislature passed a series of voting reform laws last week.
The governor also said in a letter to the Rangers president of business operations that he will not “participate in an event held by the MLB, and the State will not seek to host the All-Star Game or any other MLB special events.”
“I was looking forward to it – until Major League Baseball adopted what turned out to be a false narrative about the election law reforms in Georgia, and, based on that false narrative, moved the MLB All-Star Game from Atlanta,” Abbott wrote.
“It is shameful that America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political politics, but also perpetuating false political narratives,” he continued.
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