Could MLB move events from Texas due to controversial election laws?

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MLB relocated the 2021 All-Star Game and draft from Atlanta after Georgia controversially approved an overhaul of election laws that critics said disproportionately targeted minority and left-leaning voters. 

Texas is reportedly on the verge of similarly changing its election laws, but MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wouldn’t say ahead of Tuesday’s All-Star Game that was moved to Coors Field in Denver if the league will shift any future major events planned for the Lone Star State. 

“I think the decision with respect to Atlanta was probably the hardest thing I’ve been asked to do so far,” Manfred told the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, according to The Associated Press (h/t ESPN). “I’m kind of hoping it’s going to be the hardest thing I get asked to do, period.” 

Manfred added: “I’m not going to speculate about who’s going to pass what law and where we might take jewel events. It’s hard enough to deal with it in the concrete real time. I just don’t think it’s productive for me.” 

He wouldn’t clarify what would have to happen for MLB and the MLB Players Association to sign off on Atlanta receiving a future All-Star Game. 

Also on Tuesday, Manfred suggested the league will likely abandon seven-inning doubleheaders and playing extra innings with a runner starting on second base following the 2021 season barring additional setbacks related to COVID-19 variants. 

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