Fay Vincent who served as MLB’s Commissioner from 1989 to 1992 says currently commissioner Rob Manfred made “a serious mistake” by caving to liberal activists by moving the game from Atlanta.
Vincent penned an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal raising some important questions about the decision.
“…The only people hurt by Mr. Manfred’s decision will be Atlanta’s stadium workers and local vendors. The talk shows and editorial pages are full of questions. What is the basis for acting so forcefully against Georgia? If Georgia is racist, how can baseball talk of doing business with China?...
Major League Baseball can’t become a weapon in the culture wars, a hostage for one political party or ideology. It can’t be only for the rich or the poor, nor can it only be for one race, as it was until 1947. Baseball must always stand above politics and its dark elements of corruption, greed and sordid selfishness. It can’t go wrong by standing for national greatness. The situation calls to mind the 2006 Duke lacrosse case, when many erred—like Mr. Manfred has here—by leaping to a conclusion based on assumptions rather than carefully considered facts. I’ve done the same thing, to my regret. Much rides on Mr. Manfred’s shoulders so he must be prudent. Perhaps he now sees how complicated these issues can become. I wish him well.”
I guess MLB will take the NBA’s approach and talk a big game about social justice then remain silence on China because they desperately want to do business with the communists.