Nate Jackson / May 18, 2021

MLB’s Hypocritical Foul Ball

Which is more important — volunteering for baseball events or election integrity?

We’re beginning to think that maybe Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred wasn’t really acting on deeply held principles when he moved the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver.

The supposed reason for the punishment was MLB’s objection over Georgia’s election integrity law, which, among other things, solidifies ID requirement for voting but also makes voting easier than at any point before 2020. Instead of remaining a nonpartisan for-profit business, MLB grossly politicized America’s pastime by regurgitating the Democrat BIG Lie that Georgia’s law amounts to voter suppression and was “Jim Crow on steroids.” Democrats, of course, want to continue their bulk-mail balloting fraud.

As for MLB’s moving only one out of at least 82 baseball games played in Atlanta this year, forget about the fact that Atlanta has a black population of more than 50% while Denver’s is less than 10%. Forget that voting in Georgia is in many ways easier than in Colorado. Forget the damage done to minority-owned businesses in Atlanta, losing out on $100 million in economic activity surrounding the game. Forget about the hypocrisy of the perpetually aggrieved Stacey Abrams, who was for the boycott before she was against it.

MLB has been busted for its own gross hypocrisy.

Want to volunteer during MLB’s All-Star Week? After creating a profile in MLB’s “volunteer management system,” you’ll need to pass a background check, sign a release of liability, and you might even need to present a — wait for it — driver’s license “as proof of age.”

In other words, it’s easier to vote in Georgia than it is to volunteer at events surrounding a baseball game.

James Freeman of the Wall Street Journal sums it up: “MLB’s current position is that rigorous verification procedures should be reserved — not for elections to choose the people who will govern us — but for other societal activities, such as serving as an unpaid volunteer at baseball’s all-star game.”

Furthermore, he adds, “It’s possible that Mr. Manfred thinks that the democratic process at the heart of our constitutional republic really is less important than recruiting unpaid staff for his entertainment events. But who can believe that?”

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