Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday said he wouldn’t throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opening game due to MLB’s decision to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia in response to a recently passed voting law.
“I was looking forward to throwing out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opening game until @MLB adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about Georgia’s election law reforms,” Abbott wrote on Twitter. “It is shameful that America’s pastime is being influenced by partisan politics.”
In a letter to Neil Leibman, president and COO of the Texas Rangers, Abbott wrote he would not be taking part in any events held by the MLB and said Texas would not seek to host any special MLB events such as the All-Star Game.
“This decision does not diminish the deep respect I have for the Texas Rangers baseball organization, which is outstanding from top to bottom. I wish the team great success this season,” Abbott added.
Abbott’s decision comes as the Texas Legislature advances a bill that has been compared to Georgia’s recently passed election law. The bill would limit polling place hours and would impose a ban on ballot drop boxes, The New York Times reported. The bill would also proh… (Read more)