Texas governor boycotts Major League Baseball

Reacting to Major League Baseball’s decision to withdraw the All-Star Game from Atlanta because of Georgia’s election-integrity law, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declined to throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opener.

Abbott said Monday he won’t take part in any Major League Baseball events, and Texas won’t host the All-Star game.

“Major League Baseball adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about the election law reforms in Georgia, and, based on that false narrative, moved the MLB All-Star game from Atlanta,” he said in a statement.

“It is shameful that America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political politics but also perpetuating false political narratives,” he said.

Abbott said the decision “does not diminish the deep respect I have for the Texas Rangers baseball organization, which is outstanding from top to bottom.”

On Friday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement announcing the withdrawl of the All-Star Game from Atlanta that the league’s “values” are at stake, charging the Georgia law discriminates against minorities.

Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who signed the bill, reacted to the announcement, charging Major League Baseball “caved to fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies.”

“This attack on our state is the direct result of repeated lies from Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams about a bill that expands access to the ballot box and ensures the integrity of our elections,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Georgians – and all Americans – should fully understand what the MLB’s knee-jerk decision means: cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included,” said Kemp.

“If the left doesn’t agree with you, facts and the truth do not matter.”

Meanwhile, last Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced a huge deal with China’s biggest tech company, Tencent, to stream 125 games this season, including the All-Star Game. Tencent, which boasts more than 1 billion active users, also has deals with the NBA, the NFL and the NHL.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., said on Twitter he’s instructed his staff to begin drafting legislation to remove Major League Baseball’s federal antitrust exception.

The Atlanta Braves organization, which was hosting the All-Star Game, issued a statement saying it is “deeply disappointed by the decision.”