Braves patch over ASG brand with contest moved
PHILADELPHIA — The Atlanta Braves seemed a bit like patchwork of their second sport of the season.
The All-Star Recreation patch that appeared on the appropriate sleeve of the Braves’ jerseys throughout Opening Day was sewn over Saturday for the sport towards the Philadelphia Phillies at Residents Financial institution Park. The identical brand was gone from their hats, too.
The uniform change got here a day after Main League Baseball introduced that this summer season’s All-Star Recreation was being moved out of Atlanta over the game’s objections to sweeping adjustments to Georgia voting legal guidelines.
It was straightforward to identify the change on the jersey, with the define of the All-Star patch noticeably coated over. The Braves nonetheless have a patch on their left sleeves marking the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the franchise.
The summer season occasion had been scheduled for July 13 at Truist Park in Atlanta.
“I’m disappointed that it’s not going to be there,” Braves supervisor Brian Snitker stated earlier than the 4-0 loss. “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.”
Mentioned Atlanta pitcher Charlie Morton, in his 14th season huge 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 am disenchanted for the Braves’ group and those that are native who would have benefitted seeing the inflow of enterprise and pleasure within the space. It is a dangerous state of affairs. Among the guys who’re prone to be on the staff, it will have been good to signify the staff of their house park. Folks would have been capable of see what was executed within the ballpark,” he said.
“Aside from that, I do not know what to say about it. It simply stinks,” he stated.
A brand new web site for the sport hasn’t been introduced.
MLB stated the All-Star Recreation festivities will nonetheless characteristic a deliberate tribute to late Braves Corridor 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 instructed the occasion be held in Milwaukee — Aaron started his profession with the Milwaukee Braves and completed with the Milwaukee Brewers.
“I think Major League Baseball made a good decision,” stated Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell, who added he’d prefer to see the sport held in Milwaukee.
“Absolutely. I think it would be a thrill for the city, for sure,” he said. “It isn’t an excellent factor for the town of Atlanta and a few individuals who have misplaced some financial alternatives, but when it should be some other place, it will be a thrill for the town to have it right here.”
Commissioner Rob Manfred made the choice to maneuver the All-Star Recreation and occasions, together with the newbie draft, from Atlanta after discussions with particular person huge leaguers and the Gamers Alliance, a company of Black gamers shaped after the dying of George Floyd final yr.
“This all came together rather quickly,” stated Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, who’s Black. “We had, I think, a day left in spring training. The Players Alliance, we gathered and got as many people as we could on a call. It was probably less than 50 guys on there out of the 100 or whatever. We had our conversation.
“We knew how we felt about it. We wished to verify, I feel, that no matter what occurred, the choice was made, that we had been there to do what we might in Atlanta,” he stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.