Barrett Pitches Milwaukee As Replacement for MLB All-Star Game
MLB pulls game from Georgia after voting restrictions adopted.
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game won’t be in Atlanta. Could it come to Milwaukee?
The news comes after Republican officials in Georgia instituted controversial voting rights restrictions. MLB announced its decision to move the game, scheduled for July 13th, on Friday afternoon.
“As you review alternative sites for the game, I ask you to consider Milwaukee,” wrote Mayor Tom Barrett in a letter to Manfred. “It is a particularly appropriate location to honor Hank Aaron who is a revered and beloved former Milwaukeean. He started and concluded his Major League career with teams here.”
Aaron started his career with the Milwaukee Braves and ended it with the Milwaukee Brewers. He won a championship in Milwaukee with the Braves in 1957. He spent most of his career in Atlanta after the Braves relocated to the southern city in 1965. Aaron passed away in January.
Manfred’s announcement said the game would honor Aaron. He said MLB would still contribute to community organizations in Atlanta.
“We are finalizing a new host city and details about these events will be announced shortly,” wrote Manfred.
Barrett hosted a voter registration event alongside suburban officials at American Family Field in September 2020. The city intended to use the stadium as an absentee voting site, but ultimately canceled its usage under fear of a lawsuit.
Miller Park, now known as American Family Field, has received a number o upgrades in the ensuing years.
The move by Barrett is a similar pitch made in 2019 to have the G7 Summit relocated to Milwaukee. President Donald Trump had originally proposed to have the summit at a property he owned, but that was rejected. Barrett pitched Milwaukee’s security readiness for the June 2020 based on its preparation for the Democratic National Convention. But Trump ultimately chose Camp David over Milwaukee. The summit was ultimately canceled because of the pandemic.
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