Braves to host 2025 MLB All-Star Game after 2021 game was moved over voting law

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The Braves will host the 2025 MLB All-Star Game, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Thursday, two years after the event was moved from Atlanta to Colorado following the passing of voting restrictions in Georgia.

“I’ve said it before: We want to bring an All-Star Game back to Atlanta,” Manfred said at the owners’ meetings in Arlington, Texas. “I made the decision in 2021 to move the event, and I understand — believe me — that people had then, and probably still have, different views as to the merits of that decision. What’s most important is that the Atlanta Braves are a great organization.

“Truist Park and The Battery are gems in terms of the facilities, and Atlanta and Georgia have been a great market, great markets for us for a very, very long time. With their great fan base and rich history, Atlanta deserves an All-Star Game, and we’re really looking forward to being there in 2025.”

In 2021, Manfred said the league spoke with current and former players, major-league clubs, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance before deciding to move the Midsummer Classic from Atlanta. The Braves said in their statement they were “deeply disappointed” by the move and it was “neither our decision, nor our recommendation.”

MLB later awarded the All-Star Game to the Colorado Rockies.

The Election Integrity Act of 2021 came under intense scrutiny. The law required additional ID requirements for absentee ballots, a cutoff of absentee ballot applications 11 days before an election and limited ballot drop boxes, among other things.

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