Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Refuses to Throw First Pitch at Rangers Open, Blames MLB Voters’ Integrity ‘False Story’ After All-Star Game Change

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott received an invitation to throw the ceremonial first pitch during the Texas Rangers’ opener in Arlington, but declined to cite his displeasure at Major League Baseball’s decision to move this summer’s All-Star game after sweeping changes to Georgia’s voting laws.

Abbott sent a letter to the Rangers saying the MLB was committing “false political narratives by moving the MLB All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia’s new election integrity laws.”

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The governor now says he will no longer be attending any MLB-hosted events and that no city in Texas will be looking to host the All-Star Game or any other special MLB event.

An aerial drone view of Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers MLB team, in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington / Getty Images)

“Major League Baseball adopted what turned out to be a false narrative of electoral law reforms in Georgia and, based on that false narrative, moved the MLB All-Star Game to Atlanta,” Abbott said in the letter. “It is a shame that the American hobby is not only influenced by partisan politics, but also perpetuates false political narratives. This decision does not diminish the deep respect I have for the Texas Rangers baseball organization, which is exceptional from top to bottom. “

The decision to withdraw the July 13 game from Atlanta is the first economic backlash against Georgia for the election law that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp passed on March 25.

Kemp insisted that critics of the law have misinterpreted what it does, but GOP lawmakers passed the changes largely in response to false allegations of fraud in the 2020 election by former President Donald Trump and his supporters. The law includes new restrictions on postal voting and increased legislative control over the conduct of elections.

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In an overnight vote last week, Texas lawmakers passed Senate Bill 7, which would limit how long polling stations are open – gradually phasing out overnight voting that was aimed at to assist shiftworkers – and would ban election officials from soliciting voters to complete an application vote by mail.

One difference between Texas and Georgia is that several companies in Lone Star State are speaking out against legislation that would limit voting sooner – before it becomes law. For example, American Airlines released a statement Thursday, after the overnight vote, opposing Senate Bill 7.

“We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it,” the company said. “As a Texas-based company, we must stand up for the rights of our team members and customers who live in Texas, and honor the sacrifices made by generations of Americans to protect and expand the franchise.”

Rangers clear full capacity – over 40,000 seats – in their opener against the Blue Jays, making Globe Life Field the first Major League Baseball stadium to reopen at full capacity since the start of the pandemic of COVID-19.

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While refusing to travel to Arlington, Governor Abbot ended his letter to the baseball team by stating, “This decision does not diminish the deep respect I have for the Texas Rangers baseball organization, which is. exceptional from top to bottom.

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