It was easy to see the change on the jersey as the outline of the All-Star patch was hastily obscured. The Braves still have a patch on their left sleeves marking the franchise’s 150th anniversary.
The summer event was scheduled for July 13th at Truist Park in Atlanta.
“I’m disappointed it won’t be there,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker ahead of a 4-0 loss to Philadelphia. “But my focus is on playing baseball and what we’re up to this season. Other than being disappointed, that’s all I have to say.”
Atlanta pitcher Charlie Morton said in his 14th season in the big leagues: “It’s about more than just the guys in the clubhouse. It’s about the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia, the Braves organization, people from all over the world Country and the companies in the region that are experiencing an upswing. “
“I am disappointed with the Braves organization and those on the ground who would have benefited from seeing the influx of business and excitement in the area.” It’s a bad situation. For some of the guys who are probably on the team, it would have been nice to represent the team in their home park. People could have seen what was going on in the stadium, ”he said.
“Besides that, I don’t know what to say about it. It just stinks,” he said.
A new page for the game has not been announced.
MLB said the all-star game celebrations will continue to include a planned tribute to the late Braves Hall from civil rights hero Famer Hank Aaron. Houston manager Dusty Baker, who played with Aaron in Atlanta, and several others have suggested holding the event in Milwaukee. Aaron began his career with the Milwaukee Braves and ended up with the Milwaukee Brewers.
“I think Major League Baseball made a good decision,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who added that he would like to see the game in Milwaukee.
“Absolutely. I think it sure would be a thrill for the city,” he said. “It’s not a good thing for the city of Atlanta and some people who have lost some economic opportunity, but if it were anywhere else it would be Thrills for the city to have it here. “
Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision to put the all-star game and events together with the amateur draft after discussions with individual major players and the Players Alliance, a black player organization founded after George Floyd’s death last year Relocate Atlanta.
“It all came together pretty quickly,” said Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, who is Black. “I think we had another day of spring training. The Players Alliance, we gathered and got as many people as possible on a call. It was probably less than 50 out of 100 or whatever. We had our conversation.
“We knew how we felt about it. I think we wanted to make sure that no matter what happened, the decision was made that we were there to do what we could in Atlanta, ”he said.
Heyward, who grew up in the Atlanta area and was the Braves’ first pick in 2007, said, “It was nice to see someone take a step pretty quickly and try to do it in a positive light, knowing that it is still difficult to decide. “
“I think you won’t be able to please everyone. I know there are a lot of people in Atlanta who love baseball and were excited to see an All-Star game there. A midsummer classic “I think that’s special because someone grows up there and watches a lot of baseball,” he said. “But at the same time, I think when you’re talking about a message, people are still out here pushing for equality.”