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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declines to throw Rangers first pitch, citing MLB's stance against Georgia voting law

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that he will not throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Texas Rangers home opener because of Major League Baseball's stance on voter integrity laws.

(CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that he will not throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Texas Rangers home opener because of Major League Baseball's stance on voter integrity laws.

Abbott, a Republican, informed the Rangers of his decision in a letter ahead of Monday's game, according to a news release.

He cited the MLB's decision to move the organization's All-Star game and draft in Atlanta in response to Georgia's restrictive voting law.

"Major League Baseball adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about the election law reforms in Georgia, and based on that false narrative, moved the MLB All-Star game from Atlanta," Abbott wrote in the letter.

Abbott also said he will no longer participate in any event held by MLB, and that the State of Texas will not seek to host the All-Star game or any other MLB special events.

"Major League Baseball caved to fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies," Kemp said in a statement after the MLB announced its decision.

The Atlanta Braves said the franchise is "deeply disappointed" by the decision to move the game.

In a statement to CNN, a Rangers spokesperson said Audrey Simmons, a fifth grade science teacher from Dunn Elementary in Arlington, Texas, will now throw the first pitch.

Monday's game between the Rangers the Toronto Blue Jays, held at Globe Life Field, is one of the first sporting events with full fan capacity.

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