Opinion: Major League Baseball makes wrong decision moving ASG to Colorado

After Major League Baseball announced last Friday that it would be moving the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia to a location to be named later because of Georgia’s recent controversial voter bill that was recently signed by Governor Brian Kemp back in March, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the decision on Friday and released a statement regarding the decision.

One of the main reasons why Atlanta was hosting was so that they could honor the late Hank Aaron, who spent 21 out of his 23 years of his career with the Braves and ranks second all-time in home runs with 755 and is first all-time in both RBI and Total Bases.

With Atlanta out of the picture, Milwaukee was the second-best option to host the Mid-Summer Classic, as before the Braves made the move to Atlanta, the team was located in Milwaukee until 1966. To add to that, Aaron finished his final two seasons of his historic career in Milwaukee.

Most fans assumed that the game would be moved to Milwaukee, but Major League Baseball threw fans a curveball Monday night by announcing that Coors Field would be hosting this year’s All-Star festivities.

The MLB couldn’t have gotten this more wrong. First of all, why would you move the game to Colorado where there is no connection to Hank Aaron? Not only that, but the Rockies are only allowing, at the moment, a little more than 40-percent capacity inside the stadium. Major League Baseball needed to make the logical decision by choosing Milwaukee as the host city or Pittsburgh so that they could finally retire the number 21 in honor of Roberto Clemente in the year 2021 which would have been special.

Now, I am not that upset that it is getting moved to Coors Field. I finally get to witness a Home Run Derby in the thin Rocky Mountain air, and it is one of the nicer ballparks in the Major League. I just thought that MLB would have made the smart decision in honoring Hank Aaron in one of the cities that he actually played in.