Texas governor blasts Major League Baseball, says his state will no longer host MLB events

by Peter Heck · Apr 6th, 2021 9:03 am

Last Updated Apr 7th, 2021 at 4:20 pm

Major League Baseball's decision to involve itself in politics is beginning to bring consequences.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday that he was declining an invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Texas Rangers baseball team, adding that the state was no longer interested in participating in events held by MLB.

"Major League Baseball adopted what has 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 said in the letter. "It is shameful that America's pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political politics, but also perpetuating false political narratives. This decision does not diminish the deep respect I have for the Texas Rangers baseball organization, which is outstanding from top to bottom."

The governor also said that Texas would not be seeking to host any future All-Star games or special events for the league.


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