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Texas governor rejects first-pitch invite over MLB’s All-Star snub

The new voting law, signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, has been roundly criticized by national Democrats and many corporate leaders, including Atlanta-based companies Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines.

President Joe Biden said he supported moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, but Georgia Democrats have been more reluctant to embrace the decision — which they have cast as the unfortunate outcome of state Republicans’ partisan election reforms.

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The Texas governor went on to write that the state “will not seek to host the All-Star Game or any other MLB special events.” Major League Baseball has made a habit in recent years of awarding All-Star games to teams with new or recently renovated stadiums, a trend that could put the Rangers, who recently began their second season at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on a short list to host an upcoming Midsummer Classic. Texas last hosed baseball’s All-Star Game in 2004 at the Houston Astros’ Minute Maid Park. The Rangers last hosted an All-Star Game in 1995.

The Rangers, entering their 50th season in Texas, are scheduled to host the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

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