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The left-wing push to move Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta in the name of racial equity cost the majority-Black city an estimated $70 million or more, according to experts.

"My guess from the experts I've heard…is $70 million," said Roger Dow, president CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "But here's the thing that people don't count on – it's the exposure that you get from media, of having the game on, and people doing the pre-shows, and all that."

That amounts to not only free televised publicity, he said, but people who traveled to the game from other states might enjoy the city and want to come back in the future.

"I think that's the big loss, much bigger than the $70 million," he said.

And it's not big businesses that will suffer, he added, it's vendors, souvenir shops, bars and restaurants.

"The ones that really need to keep their doors open, they're the ones that got harmed the most," he said – especially after nearly a year of coronavirus pandemic restrictions that undercut their bottom lines. "This would've been such a boost in the arm for them."

Vernon Jones, a Republican gubernatorial candidate from DeKalb County, which includes a sliver of Atlanta as well as some of its suburbs, slammed the MLB for the move.

"Woke corporations won’t tell us Georgians how to run our state and certainly won’t tell us how we should secure our elections," he told Fox News Tuesday night with the game underway. "By moving the All-Star game to Colorado, to a state with even more restrictive voting laws than Georgia, MLB cost our state millions of dollars, hurting the very Black communities they claim to care so much about. They should be ashamed." 

Progressive activists and some Democrats lobbied for the boycott and relocation of the game after Georgia passed a new election integrity law that critics likened to segregation-era "Jim Crow" laws.

Supporters of the law, including Gov. Brian Kemp, have vehemently denied the characterization and said the law actually allows more voting freedoms than several other states including Colorado, the new site of this year’s Midsummer Classic. 

Georgia state House Speaker David Ralston, a powerful Republican who backed the voting law changes, said the baseball league’s decision "robs Georgians of a special celebration of our national pastime free of politics."

"These are the working class people of Atlanta, a city that’s famous in terms of its Black communities and culture, and everything associated with it," The Federalist publisher Ben Domenech told FOX Business’ "Varney & Co." shortly after the MLB announced its decision in April. "And instead you’re going to rip that up and move it to lily White Colorado, which has even more restrictive laws."

Past games have led to tens and millions in revenue in other cities: $89 million on Los Angeles last year despite the coronavirus pandemic, $65 million in the oft-maligned Cleveland in 2019 – and a whopping $191.5 million for New York City in 2013.

But the push to relocate the All-Star game succeeded – and resulted in another financial blow to the city's entertainment and hospitality industries, as well as revenue the expected surge in tourism could have generated for local businesses.

In other words, the push for racial justice had a hefty financial cost for Atlanta, where the majority of residents are Black, as well as surrounding areas in the Peach State.

The whopping number prompted Heritage Action for America, a grassroots conservative group, to demand progressive activist and failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams reimburse the state $100 million from her political action committee, which became a fundraising powerhouse despite her loss to Kemp in 2018.

Just under 51% of Atlanta residents are Black, and Black residents own about 30% of businesses in the city.

The MLB has drawn criticism along the way for its attempts at catering to left-wing causes.

In April, when the league announced it was caving to progressive critics of the democratically passed law in Georgia, it also signed a deal with a Chinese media company backed by the authoritarian Communist Party.

"Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box," Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement at the time, days before signing a deal with Tencent, one of China’s largest tech companies.

Tencent is one of the Chinese firms that censored NBA games in 2019 after former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey publicly voiced support for pro-democracy protesters facing a Beijing-backed crackdown in Hong Kong.

The conflicting deals raise questions about whether the league is making an effort to take a moral stand or to achieve maximum profits.

Atlanta’s home team, the Braves, said in a statement that it was "deeply disappointed" by the loss of the chance to host the All-Star Game.

"Unfortunately, businesses, employees and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision," the team said.

The MLB did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Monday, the league announced it was committing up to $150 million toward the Players Alliance in a bid to "increase Black representation throughout baseball." The funds will come as $10 million up front and the rest in potential matching grants over a 10-year period beginning in 2023.

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Shohei Ohtani pitches perfect inning, goes 0-for-2 in MLB All-Star Game

USA TODAY 14 July, 2021 - 10:28pm

Ohtani was aggressive on both sides of the ball, swinging at the first two pitches and set the NL down in order in the bottom of the first.

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DENVER – Shohei Ohtani made major league history Tuesday night, controlling the All-Star Game as no player ever has before – leading off the game for the American League, and then pitching a scoreless bottom half of the inning.

It was routine, yet somehow remarkable.

Ohtani was aggressive on both sides of the ball, swinging at all three pitches he saw in two at-bats, managing a groundout to second off future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer in his All-Star debut.

On the mound, he faced a daunting and diverse trio of hitters – NL home run leader Fernando Tatis Jr., the patient and punishing Max Muncy and former Colorado legend Nolan Arenado – and attacked them all, to great success.

He won a five-pitch battle with Tatis, getting him on a fly to left, before inducing a three-pitch groundout from Muncy.

With Arenado receiving a rousing ovation from Rockies fans – clearly siding with the superstar traded to St. Louis over the winter after an ongoing fallout with club management – Ohtani emptied the tank for his one inning stint.

He fired three consecutive fastballs at Arenado, topping out at 100.2 mph on a ball Arenado fouled off. On the next pitch, Arenado grounded a cutter to shortstop for the third out.

Ohtani acknowledged that, like many pitchers in the All-Star Game, he threw a little harder knowing he was only throwing an inning; his average fastball this season is 95.5 mph.

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He was similarly rapid in his second at-bat, hacking at the first pitch from Milwaukee starter Corbin Burnes, grounding the 96-mph cutter to first for an 0 for 2 start. Moments later, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. crushed a Burnes pitch 468 feet for a home run and a 2-0 AL lead.

After that, Ohtani's night was done, though he still did more work than just about anybody this week. He was brought to his knees by the Home Run Derby on Monday night, gasping in the Mile High air after smashing 28 home runs in a tiebreaker loss to Juan Soto in the first round. 

But a good night's sleep - he slept in until 10:30 a.m., he said - had him poised for double duty a night later.

And the totality of the week - the Derby, meeting peers he at first thought "intimidating" but then loosened up, and finally his historic two-way turn - was a career highlight.

"I think so far this has been the best experience, the most memorable," he said through his interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara. "Obviously, I haven’t played in the playoffs or the World Series yet. Once I do that, it’s probably going to surpass it. but for now, it’s most memorable." 

Ohtani, the first player selected to the game as a pitcher and a position player, led the major leagues with 33 home runs – breaking Hideki Matsui’s record for most homers by a Japanese-born player even before the second half commenced. Meanwhile, he struck out 87 batters in 67 innings and posted a 3.49 ERA for the Los Angeles Angels.

It was the sort of dominance many dreamed the two-way star might have been capable of when he joined the big leagues before the 2018 season. After injuries and questions about how the Angels might best deploy him, it all came together this season.

He’s been mostly spectacular since Opening Day. Tuesday night at Coors Field, he merely made history.

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MLB All-Star Game uniforms don't draw All-Star reviews on social media; players say their input needed

ESPN 14 July, 2021 - 10:28pm

DENVER -- Fernando Tatis Jr., Aaron Judge, Nolan Arenado and the rest of the MLB All-Stars certainly got needled over their new threads.

As the American League was rolling toward a 5-2 win in their all-blue ensemble Tuesday night at Coors Field, fans on social media were having a field day, taking swings at uniforms that certainly weren't in vogue.

They weren't the only ones, either.

"We can do better. We can do better, man,'' Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said. "We need the players' input next time.''

The AL sported outfits that reminded some of jumpsuits or pajamas. The NL version wasn't much better -- an all-white production that had many commenting they looked, well, bland.

"MLB should just let the players wear their own uniforms instead of these slow pitch softball ones," Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brett Anderson posted on Twitter.

Tatis, one of the flashiest players in the majors, tried to make his own improvements. The Padres shortstop accessorized with pink shoes and a matching sleeve on his arm.

All-Star Game MVP Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was able to stand out, too -- for his bat, not his attire, thanks to a 468-foot homer into the thin Rocky Mountain air.

All eyes were on Shohei Ohtani, dull uniform or not. He was the main attraction as he became the first All-Star to be picked as a pitcher and a position player.

What the All-Stars were wearing, however, didn't exactly draw All-Star reviews.

This bordered more on fashion faux pas than trendy. In fact, the only thing trending was all the criticism.

Rather than familiar logos and names, there were three-letter abbreviations on the jerseys for what team they represented.

Bring back the rainbow of colors, many said, and let players wear their own club's uniforms. That was a big part of the game's charm, they maintained.

Or next time, maybe even ask for fashion tips from the players.

"I'm a big fan of each team wearing their own,'' White Sox closer Liam Hendriks said after earning the save as the AL won its eighth straight All-Star Game. "Don't get me wrong, I love the uniformity, I don't mind the little stars on the back, but for me, this year specifically, it would have been nice."

Major League Baseball has a billion-dollar contract with Nike, whose swoosh was displayed prominently on the right side of the uniform just below the collar.

"I don't like blue pants. I think it's interesting," Hendriks said. "I don't mind the concept they're going for, I just feel like they need a little more player input. This year was thrown together so quickly, so hopefully years in the future we can get a little collaboration going.''

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Sports Illustrated's Best Photos from 2021 All-Star Game

Sports Illustrated 14 July, 2021 - 08:15pm

Fans from across the country make their way inside Coors Field for the 2021 All-Star Game. The American League defeated the National League 5–2 on Tuesday. 

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso won his second consecutive Home Run Derby on Monday, beating Orioles slugger Trey Mancini 23–22 in the final round. 

In one of the most exciting matchups of the night, Soto and Ohtani faced each other in a Round One battle that included overtime and a swing-off. Soto came out victorious, hitting three dingers in the swing-off while Ohtani hit a grounder on his first attempt. 

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates his second of back-to-back titles at the Home Run Derby. Alonso hit 35 in the first round, setting a record for most homers in Round One.  

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto blasts a homer into the Coors Field stands.

In Round One, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto eliminated Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani after overtime and a swing-off.

Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini watches a homer sail into the stands. Mancini faced the Derby's defending champion, Pete Alonso, in the final round. 

Fans in Coors Field dive over each other trying to get their hands on a home run ball.

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso admires his Home Run Derby trophy. Alonso has back-to-back Home Run Derby trophies under his belt. 

A dedicated fan sports an All-Star Game mohawk to celebrate the week's festivities. 

Hall of Fame Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning kicked off Tuesday's All-Star Game with the first pitch. 

For the first time since 2019, fans enjoyed the MLB All-Star Game. The 2020 Midsummer Classic was not held due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner recorded one hit as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

In the All-Star Game's third inning, Blue Jays' first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a 468-foot homer deep into a sea of fans. He became the youngest All-Star Game MVP later that night.

Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado attended his sixth All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Fans at Coors Field erupt in excitement watching their favorite stars hit homers on Monday. 

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer struck out one in Tuesday night's game.

Padres third baseman Manny Machado and shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr. have some fun in the dugout. 

Vladdy Jr. circles the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning of the All-Star Game. The American League would go on to win 5–2. 

The six-time All-Star and Cardinals third baseman winds up for a throw. 

The Padres' shortstop is hitting .286 and leads the NL with 28 homers in his first year as an all-star.

Fans packed the stands at Coors Field for the first All-Star Game since 2019.

Angels' star Shohei Ohtani started on the mound and was the leadoff hitter for the American League in his first All-Star Game appearance.

The Padres' "El Niño" showed off the power that led him to a NL-leading 28 homers by the break.

Padres third baseman Machado was all smiles in his fifth All-Star Game appearance.

Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts throws on to first in his third All-Star Game appearance.

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner shares a moment with his first base coach Clayton McCullough in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Padres star Fernando Tatís Jr. soaks in the sights and sounds on Coors Field at the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

The Rays' Andrew Kittredge throws home at Coors Field at the 2021 All-Star Game.

The Yankee's Aaron Judge digs for another bag in the American League's 5–2 win in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

The picturesque backdrop at Coors Field was on full display during the MLB's All-Star weekend.

The Padres' Fernando Tatís Jr. gets low for a throw on to first in the All-Star Game.

Rays catcher Mike Zunino celebrates with his third base coach Rodney Linares after hitting a two-out solo home run in the sixth inning.

Rangers outfielder Adolis García slides in before the tag for a double in his first All-Star Game appearance.

After losing his helmet rounding first, Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies cruises into second base for a double in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Padres second baseman Ozzie Albies embraces his Royals counterpart Whit Merrifield after Albies's double in the All-Star Game.

White Sox reliever Liam Hendriks pumps his fist after closing out the American League's 5–2 win over the National League.

American League teammates Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Salvador Pérez and others celebrate on Coors Field after their win over the National League.

Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies looks out under the bright lights at Coors Field.

The Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. kisses his All-Star Game MVP award after his homer lifted the American League over the National League.

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