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Baseball should be a haven from partisan politics

On April 2, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred tarnished the Easter weekend by moving the All-Star game out of Atlanta because of Georgia’s new voting law.

A fair reading of the law shows that it increases voting opportunities while establishing enhanced voter identification requirements. Regardless how Manfred felt about the law, which he apparently had not read, his decision was a huge overreaction, a product of politics, not policy.

On April 29, 2018, I attended a Marlins v. Rockies baseball game at Marlins Park in Miami. Many Puerto Ricans were in attendance, following a celebration of Puerto Rican heritage at the ballpark the night before. Puerto Rican ladies danced in the aisles. Puerto Rican men waved Puerto Rican and American flags. One white 80-something couple were caught on the Jumbotron kissing like high school kids. A Puerto Rican man and I struggled to figure out who Rockies’ star Charlie Blackmon looked like before agreeing on Blackbeard the pirate.

On that day, there were no Trump or Pelosi fans in the ballpark and no issues to divide us. We were all Puerto Ricans for the day — and what a fine day it was.

Manfred should not ruin baseball with his politics.

Mark Shea




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