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Gov. Abbott: MLB’s Partisan Politics Are ‘Shameful,’ Texas Won’t Host Special Events Like All-Star Game

By Craig Bannister | April 5, 2021 | 3:31pm EDT

On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) sent a letter to the Texas Rangers baseball organization declining the invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the team’s home opener. The governor says his rejection of the offer is a response to Major League Baseball's (MLB) decision to perpetuate false political narratives by announcing it is moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta because of Georgia's new election integrity law. 

The accusations made about Georgia’s new election integrity law Democrat and media misrepresent the actual content of the law, as Florida

Gov. Greg Abbott
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Governor Brian Kemp has repeatedly explained. Still, MLB took it upon itself to pull and relocate its All-Star game from the state, attributing its justification to the debunked liberal narrative.

“It is shameful that America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political politics, but also perpetuating false political narratives,” Gov. Abbott says in his letter to the league, adding that he will no longer participate in any MLB events. Additionally, Texas will not play host to any of the league’s special events, such as the All-Star game.

The full text of Gov. Abbott’s letter to Major League Baseball President of Business Operations and Chief Operating Officer Neil Leibman is presented below:

Thank you for the invitation to throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opening game. I was looking forward to it – until 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. It is shameful that America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political politics, but also perpetuating false political narratives. The State of Texas was proud to help MLB host last season’s National League playoff games and the World Series in Arlington. However, I will not participate in an event held by MLB, and the State will not seek to host the All-Star game of any other MLB special events.

This decision does not diminish the deep respect I have for the Texas Rangers baseball organization, which is outstanding from top to bottom. I wish the team great success this season.

Best Regards,

Greg Abbott

Governor

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