Texas Governor Declines First-Pitch Invite Over MLB Moving All-Star Game From Georgia

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he declined to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opening game because of Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia’s sweeping new voting laws. Abbott thanked Neil Leibman, MLB’s chief operating officer, for the invitation. “I was looking forward—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,” he wrote in a letter. “It is shameful that America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political politics, but also perpetuating false political narratives.” Texas won’t seek to host any MLB special events and Abbott is forgoing all future participation in league events, although he maintains respect for the Texas Rangers, whose home opener was on April 5 against the …

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