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

The governor of Texas on Monday informed Major League Baseball (MLB) that he would not throw the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ first home game because of the MLB moving its All-Star game from Georgia. Gov. Greg 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,” he added. Texas will not seek to host any MLB special events and Abbott is forgoing all future participation in league events, though he maintains respect for the Texas Rangers, whose home opener is on April 5 against …

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