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Patchwork: Atlanta Braves cover All-Star logo on jerseys, shift hats

It was simple to identify the change on the jersey, with the define of the All-Star patch rapidly coated over. The Braves nonetheless have a patch on their left sleeves marking the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the franchise.

The summer time occasion had been scheduled for July 13 at Truist Park in Atlanta.

“I’m disappointed that it’s not going to being there,” Braves supervisor Brian Snitker mentioned earlier than a 4-0 loss to Philadelphia. “But I’m focused on playing baseball and what we’ve got going on this season. Other than being disappointed, that’s all I have to say on it.”

Said Atlanta pitcher Charlie Morton, in his 14th season large league season: “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 coming in from all over the country and the businesses in the area seeing a boost.”

“I’m disappointed for the Braves organization and those who are local who would have benefitted seeing the influx of business and excitement in the area. It’s a bad situation. Some of the guys who are likely to be on the team, it would have been nice to represent the team in their home park. People would have been able to see what was done in the ballpark,” he mentioned.

“Other than that, I don’t know what to say about it. It just stinks,” he mentioned.

A brand new web site for the sport hasn’t been introduced.

MLB mentioned the All-Star Game festivities will nonetheless function a deliberate tribute to late Braves Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, a civil rights hero. Houston supervisor Dusty Baker, who performed with Aaron in Atlanta, and a number of other others have advised the occasion be held in Milwaukee — Aaron started his career with the Milwaukee Braves and completed with the Milwaukee Brewers.

“I think Major League Baseball made a good decision,” mentioned Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell, who added he’d wish to see the sport held in Milwaukee.

“Absolutely. I think it would be a thrill for the city, for sure,” he mentioned. “It’s not a good thing for the city of Atlanta and some people who have lost some economic opportunities, but if it’s going to be somewhere else, it would be a thrill for the city to have it here.”

Commissioner Rob Manfred made the choice to maneuver the All-Star Game and occasions, together with the beginner draft, from Atlanta after discussions with particular person large leaguers and the Players Alliance, a corporation of Black gamers fashioned after the dying of George Floyd final year.

“This all came together rather quickly,” mentioned Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, who’s Black. “We had, I feel, a day left in spring coaching. The Players Alliance, we gathered and received as many individuals as we might on a name. It was in all probability lower than 50 guys on there out of the 100 or no matter. We had our dialog.

“We knew how we felt about it. We wanted to make sure, I think, that regardless of what happened, the decision was made, that we were there to do what we could in Atlanta,” he mentioned.

Heyward, who grew up within the Atlanta space and was the Braves’ first-round draft choose in 2007, mentioned “it was nice to see someone make a move pretty quickly and try to do it in a positive light, knowing it’s still a tough decision.”

“I think you’re not going to be able to please everybody. I know there’s a lot of people in Atlanta that love baseball and were looking forward to see an All-Star Game there. A Midsummer Classic, I think that’s special, as somebody growing up there and watching a lot of baseball,” he mentioned. “But at the same time, I think when you talk about a message, the people are still out here pushing for equality.”

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